PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Mets continue to hang in the National League wild-card race. The Philadelphia Phillies can only hope to get there.The Mets opened the second half of their season with a 5-3 victory over the Phillies on Friday night to improve to 48-42, and remain tied with Miami for the second wild-card berth.The Phillies, winners of 10 of their last 14, are seven games out. While they are rebuilding with a young roster after finishing a major league-worst 63-99 in 2015, manager Pete Mackanin is hopeful to get a little something more out of this season.Im setting my sights high, because we still have to let guys play and find out, but we might as play for something, have a target, he said.He will send his best pitcher, right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, to the mound Saturday against the Mets, as the teams continue their three-game series. Eickhoff (6-10, 3.80) was hit hard in a loss to Colorado his last time out, but in seven starts prior to that went 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA.He will be opposed by righty Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.34), who took the loss while making a spot start on July 9 against Washington, going a season-high 6 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked a career-high five.Verrett, who has made six starts among his 24 appearances, is 0-4 with a 9.33 ERA over his last four starts. He is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in four career appearances against Philadelphia, two of them starts.The Mets have lost right-hander Matt Harvey for the season following surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome, and fellow righty Noah Syndergaard departed his July 8 start against Washington after 4 2/3 innings with what has been described by the team as arm fatigue.Syndergaard, who has bone chips in his elbow, threw off flat ground for the second time in a week Friday, according to MLB.com, and is expected to throw off a mound Sunday. He is scheduled to start next Tuesday in Chicago, against the Cubs.Another starting pitcher, lefty Steven Matz, has also been plagued by bone chips in his elbow. In addition, third baseman David Wright (disk surgery) and first baseman Lucas Duda (back) are out, and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes missed his third straight game Friday with a strained right quadriceps.Bartolo Colon and Neil Walker held the fort for the Mets. Colon worked 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-4, and Walker hit his 16th homer, a three-run shot, matching his total for all last season in Pittsburgh.Walker said afterward that the first game after the All-Star break is one of the hardest games of the year, since players often struggle to regain their rhythm.But sometimes if you can get a big hit, like a home run, he said, it eases the tension a little bit.Walker victimized Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (6-7), who is the subject of trade speculation with the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaching.Yeah, its on my mind, just when I see it on Twitter and talk to you (media) guys about it, he said. Other than that, Im focused every day on doing what I have to do for the next start. 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Oklahoma State (4-0) has been even more prolific, averaging 104.5 points and surpassing the century mark in each of its first four contests.The Tar Heels offense is orchestrated by junior point guard Joel Berry II, who has a pair of 23-point games this season, against Tulane and Long Beach State. Berry is averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.Sophomore point guard Jawun Evans has been sensational for Oklahoma State, averaging 23.3 points, 6.3 assists, four rebounds and three steals over the first four games. He had 34 points in the season opener against Campbell, and he added 35 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds in a 98-90 victory over Connecticut on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.Now weve got a big-time challenge, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. I told (the Tar Heels) its the big leagues tomorrow because Oklahoma State was really, really impressive tonight.The Cowboys shot 45.9 percent from the field, made 12 of 20 from 3-point range and recorded 18 steals in their win over the Huskies.I thought we got off to a great start, Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood said. I thought our defensive intensity was bothersome for them. And I love the fact we had 18 steals. Thats a great number. That means were being active and bothersome now.North Carolina shot 57.dddddddddddd8 percent and established a season high in scoring in a 104-61 victory over host Chaminade in the first round of the tournament. The Tar Heels also amassed a massive 52-23 rebounding advantage.Were bigger. Were more gifted, Williams said. We were really challenged by them early, but over the course of the game, our size inside was probably the biggest factor.North Carolina, already without injured Theo Pinson and Luke Maye, received a scare when Brandon Robinson took an elbow to the face late in the first half against Chaminade. Robinson needed stitches for a cut on his lip, but he returned to the game midway through the second half.The Tar Heels and Cowboys are vying for a spot in the finals in a tournament that features an impressive field. Georgetown, which upset No. 13 Oregon, and No. 16 Wisconsin, which knocked off Tennessee, square off in the other semifinal.North Carolina was picked to finish second behind Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason media poll. Oklahoma State was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Conference.I think we have good players who are really good people who are trying to work really hard, Underwood said. I worry about all the predictions and the preseason stuff so little that I didnt even know we were picked seventh. Its not something I pay attention to, to be quite honest. We try to get better every day. We beat a very good UConn team (Monday), and (Tuesday), when youre in a tournament, you dont get very long to enjoy it. ' ' '