Santana remains lined up for Opening Day

March, 17, 2012
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Johan Santana remains on track to start Opening Day, and it remains the Mets' plan to use him April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Still, Terry Collins has held off formally naming Santana the Opening Day starter so far because he doesn't want it viewed as a setback if Santana, for some reason, feels he needs a couple of extra days and ultimately pitches sometime else during the first five games of the season.

The Mets' projected rotation remains Santana, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese in the opening series against Atlanta, followed by Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee and back to Santana for the second series, against the Washington Nationals.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
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