Found March 17, 2013 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- With Johan Santana sidelined, Jonathon Niese is looking more and more like the New York Mets' opening day starter. Niese gave up one run and two hits in five innings Sunday in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. With Santana still building up arm strength -- he hasn't pitched in a single spring training game -- Niese appears to be the likely replacement for the April 1 opener against San Diego. "I'm not convinced, but there's certainly a strong possibility that's going to happen," Mets manager Terry Collins said. With both clubs sporting some green in their uniforms and playing with green bases on St. Patrick's Day, Niese struck out four and walked one. He allowed Chris Johnson's home run in the fourth, Johnson's third of spring training. The drive went off the scoreboard in left-field. "It was one of those things," Niese said. "I got two quick outs and should've been pounding th...
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