He responded by hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the seventh inning, though the Mets eventually lost the game.
"We've put him in the middle there to see if he can do some damage," Terry Collins said after the game.
Brown had been hitting .358 with 13 HR and 12 doubles with Triple-A Las Vegas after being demoted in late April.
Meanwhile, Chris Young, who entered Thursday's game batting .194, hit in the lead-off spot.
He responded by getting a hit, two walks and an RBI in three at bats.
I still can't believe Young's name was entered in ink. However, he hit, so, I'll zip it... for now. Terry Collins is notorious for 'going with the hot hand,' so I assume Young will back in the leadoff spot Friday in San Francisco. And, I wouldn't be surprised if Brown stays in there as well, so long as he keeps driving the ball the way that he is. Fact is, the Mets struggle to score with what I probably think is a more balanced lineup. So, weird or not, if the lineup scores for Terry, so be it...
12:50 pm: The more I think about this, ideally, the outfield should be Matt den Dekker, Curtis Granderson and Brown against left-handed pitching and Bobby Abreu against right-handed pitching. I can't believe I'm saying that, but it seems to make the most sense...