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Opening Day for Mets and Yankees

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Mets and Yankees get things started today. The Mets will be at home against the Washington Nationals this afternoon and the Yankees kick things off in Oakland late tonight.

After another busy off-season, highlighted by the acquistion of reliever Billy Wagner and power hitting first baseman Carlos Delgado, the Mets look to build on last season's 83 wins & 79 losses.

All season long, the Mets will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1986 team that won it all. That starts today when Jessie Orosco will attempt to reenact the final out of that year's World Series, by throwing a strike to Gary Carter.

Meanwhile, the Yankees start their season on the road, with former Red Sock Johnny Damon making his debut in pinstripes. Randy Johnson will be the Yankees starter and the 42 year old lefty will look to have a more consistent year. Both the Mets and Yankees are putting a lot of faith in veteran pitchers.

Much of the Mets spring training was dominated by news of Pedro Martinez's injured big toe. The 34-year old righty was not able to get ready in time for today's opener. He'll start on Thursday.

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