Mets' Molina not related to catching's 1st family BY ANTHONY RIEBER

April 27, 2008
Gustavo Molina, who made his Mets debut yesterday, is not one of the catching Molina brothers.

Please stop asking.

"Everywhere I go, I get that question," Molina said before going 1-for-3 with a walk in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Braves. "Sometimes I say yes as a joke."

But Molina is no relation to the other Molinas: Bengie, Jose and Yadier. Those Molinas are Puerto Rican. This Molina, who hit a perfect hit-and-run single in his first Mets at-bat in the second inning, is a 26-year-old Venezuelan who had 27 big-league at-bats with the Orioles and White Sox in 2007. He signed with the Mets as a minor-league free agent and was called up Thursday because of the thumb infection that has No. 1 catcher Brian Schneider hospitalized.