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Johan Santana to start Mets' opener

Updated: April 1, 2012, 6:00 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After throwing an intensive bullpen session Saturday, New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana walked by manager Terry Collins and proclaimed: "You've got your pitcher for Thursday."

A day later, after Santana met with general manager Sandy Alderson, Collins and the rest of the rotation Sunday morning inside the manager's office, that proclamation was affirmed.

Santana, who last threw a pitch in a major league game on Sept. 2, 2010, will start opposite Atlanta ...

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