Santana's return to mound a success

The pitcher's Opening Day start gave the Mets a win in more ways than one

Updated: April 5, 2012, 11:25 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana walked No. 8 hitter Tyler Pastornicky, in only the Atlanta Braves shortstop's second major league plate appearance. The southpaw then walked opposing pitcher Tommy Hanson, too, to load the bases.

With the Mets in a scoreless battle in the fifth inning Thursday afternoon at Citi Field and with Santana's pitch count approaching its cap, the complexion of his first major league appearance in 582 days hinged on the outcome of a matchup against ...

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