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New York Mets
On Thursday afternoon, the New York Mets opened the 2012 season with a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves:
Making his first start since undergoing surgery on September 14, 2010 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, Johan Santana allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out five over five scoreless innings. After a Martin Prado single in the top of the first, Santana retired the next 12 batters he faced before a Matt Diaz double ended the streak. Following the two out hit from Diaz, Johan quickly jumped ahead 0-2 to rookie Tyler Pastornicky before throwing eight of the next nine pitches out of the strike zone to load the bases. After a brief mound visit from pitching coach Dan Werthan and 40,000 Citi Field faithful standing on their feet, Santana escaped the jam by educing Michael Bourn to tap a grounder back to the mound.
The Mets bullpen followed Santana and tossed four scoreless innings; including a huge two outs by left hander Tim Byrdak; who is less than four weeks removed from knee surgery. The bird man relieved Ramon Ramirez in the top of the seventh inning and delivered back-to-back strike outs of Jose Constanza and Michael Bourn to strand the tying run on third.
- David Wright drove in the game only run with an RBI single in the 6th. Wright now has a hit in 8 straight opening day games.
- Josh Thole and Daniel Murphy each collected two hits.
- Andres Torres scored the games only run, but was forced to leave the game early after injuring his calf chasing down a fly ball in the 7th.
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NEW YORK The New York Mets weren't looking for greatness from Johan Santana in his first Major League start in more than 18 months. Just having their southpaw ace back on the mound after a full season without him was enough.
But as the two-time Cy Young award winner often tends to do, Santana exceeded expectations Thursday, throwing five shutout innings in a 1-0 Opening Day...
Johan Santana and the Atlanta Braves have the same thing in mind heading into opening day. They'd both like to put last year behind them.
After an extensive recovery from shoulder surgery, Santana is set to make his first major league start in 19 months Thursday when the New York Mets host a Braves team coming off a near-record collapse that cost them a playoff spot last September...
It was great to see Johan Santana's successful return from a serious injury, combining with the revamped bullpen to shut out the Braves on Opening Day. But the Mets can't get through a day without several reminders of their numerous problems.With two on and two out in the fifth inning, the Mets had their first scoring opportunity. It was time to pinch hit for Santana, who...
It’s pretty hard to ruin Opening Day.
For at least 9 innings the fan base can hope and dream about all the best-case scenarios that were laid out throughout spring training. If they win, it’s even grander since it could be the one and only time the home team can say they are in first place.
Since they are 31-20 on this special day, the Mets have put together their fair first...
This afternoon's opening day game brought with it Johan Santana's first start in more than eighteen months. Johan was successful and efficient early before laboring in the fifth and getting a tapper back to the mound to get out of a bases loaded jam. Santana finished with five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while walking two and striking out five.The game remained...
There was a crispness to the day. Both in the weather and the way the Mets played. It was a delightful day, one that gave us a glimpse of what could be when they put it all together. Hopefully, Mike Pelfrey was taking notes on Johan Santana and pitching out of trouble as he did in the fifth.
The talking heads on SNY – and I’m not talking the play-by-play team – were in their...
Johan Santana pitched five innings of two-hit ball in his long-awaited return from shoulder surgery and David Wright hit an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in their season opener Thursday.
New York's revamped bullpen picked up for Santana and shut down the Braves, while the shortened fences at reconfigured Citi Field hardly came into play. But...
This afternoon at Citifield, the New York Mets will host the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 pm:
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Former Cy Young Award Winner, Johan Santana will make his first start on Thursday afternoon since undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder on Sept. 14, 2010. The Mets ‘ace will make his sixth career Opening Day start this...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan Santana pitched five innings of two-hit ball in his long-awaited return from shoulder surgery and David Wright hit an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in their season opener Thursday.
New York's revamped bullpen picked up for Santana and shut down the Braves, while the shortened fences at reconfigured Citi Field hardly came...
A new MMO feature for a new Mets season, introducing MMO Mets Quotables.
“We lost Jose. We lost Carlos. We lost Frankie Rodriguez, all very, very good players. We lost some big pieces of the puzzle. But you know what you do? You bring other people in to fill those spots. You trust them. You believe in them. Now what I’ve got to have them do is believe in themselves, because...
The New York Mets (1-0) beat the Atlanta Braves (0-1) 1-0, today at Citi Field.
Johan Santana made his debut and his first start since September of 2010. He went 5 scoreless innings and struck out 5 batters as he threw 84 pitches.
Ramon Ramirez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings making his Mets debut. Tim Byrdak struck out two batters and Jon Rauch pitched a 1-2-3 inning...
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Intriguing Matchup of the Day:
Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana
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