Found March 06, 2012 on MetsOnline:
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The Mets played two games today, with half of the team going to Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee to play the Astros and the other half staying home at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie against the Cardinals.

The Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 8 to 6, and the Mets lost to the Astros by the score of 4-1.

The Cardinals Game:

The biggest story of today’s games was the return of Johan Santana. Santana started for the Mets in St. Lucie and did not allow any runs, while allowing a hit and walking a batter, but not striking out any hitters. He pitched two innings and 29 pitches, 17 of which were strikes.

Here’s a video of Santana talking to the media after his two inning effort (via MLB.com):

Pitching in relief for Santana, R.A. Dickey threw two perfect, scoreless innings against the Cardinals. He struck out two batters.

Jon Rauch allowed two runs on three hits in his first inning as a Met. Mets prospect Jeurys Familia allowed four runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out two. Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco, and Josh Edgin pitched a combined two scoreless innings.

Jose Rey–I mean Andres Torres led off for the Mets again, and he hit very well. He hit a triple in the fourth inning, driving in three runs. He went 2-for-3 on the game.

Ronny Cedeno singled in the fifth Mets run, going 1-for-2 today. Darrell Ceciliani doubled in a run for the Mets in the seventh inning. Also, Adam Loewen went 2-for-2.

INJURY ALERT: Pedro Beato left after only recording one out today in the eighth inning because of right shoulder stiffness. The stiffness is supposedly not a big deal and Beato is not in pain.

The Astros Game:

Chris Schwinden started for the Mets in Kissimmee against the Astros and allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out one and walking one in two innings pitched. Fernando Cabrera allowed a run on three hits in two innings. Jeremy Hefner, Armando Rodriguez, and Josh Stinson pitched a combined four scoreless innings.

The Mets scored their only run of the game from a single by Josh Satin. Satin went 2-for-3 and started at first base for the Mets today. Another highlight of today’s game was Lucas Duda’s double. Duda also scored on Satin’s single, and he also was walked in the game.

Daniel Murphy, still adjusting to second base, made a throwing error.

Tomorrow’s Game: The New York Mets will play the Florida Miami Marlins tomorrow at 1:05 PM in Jupiter, Florida. Jon Niese will be on the hill for the Mets and Sean West will start for the Marlins.

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