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R.A. Dickulous Applesauce - Dickey Starts Home Opener Today, Minor League Games Begin, Nishioka Breaks Leg

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Meet the Mets

R.A. Dickey leads the Mets in their home opener against the Nationals today. Andy Martino notes that it's actually the second time Dickey has started a home opener. He won for the Rangers back in 2004. Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend series:

Friday, April 8th, 4:10 PM: R.A. Dickey vs. Jordan Zimmermann

Saturday, April 9th, 7:10 PM: Chris Capuano vs. Tom Gorzelanny (bring a jacket and blanket!)

Sunday, April 10th, 1:10 PM: Chris Young vs. Jason Marquis

Tickets are available on Stubhub for as low as $20 at press time, plus fees which probably double the price.

Various Mets minor league affiliates kicked off their seasons yesterday, as Binghamton, St. Lucie and Savannah shut out their respective opponents. Matt Harvey was impressive in his debut -- he tallied nine strikeouts in five shutout innings. Check out Rob's minor league roundup at 10 AM for more.

Bill Petti at Beyond The Boxscore does a nice job breaking down Mike Pelfrey's poor approach vs. Ryan Howard on Wednesday night. Ted Berg wonders if Pelfrey sucks now.

Brian Mangan at Fonzie Forever thinks this is Fernando Martinez's year. Stay healthy and make it happen, Fernando.

Lastings Milledge was DFA'd by the White Sox. Billy Wagner is having a laugh somewhere.

Around MLB

Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his leg after a Nick Swisher takeout slide yesterday. It's terrible news, although everyone involved acknowledges it wasn't a dirty play.

Panic on the streets of Boston; panic on the streets of Framingham.

You stay classy, Nyjer Morgan.

Should Curt Schilling make the Hall of Fame? My answer -- yes, and not because of the bloody sock game.

Ken Tremendous "defends" Daniel Bard's approach during yesterday's Red Sox-Indians tilt. By the way, SB Nations's new Baseball Nation, featuring the likes of Tremendous, Carson Cistulli, Grant Brisbee and Jeff Sullivan, is a must-read.

Dayn Perry at NotGraphs runs down the 25 best "Onion" baseball articles. It's a strong list, although "Struggling Mets Combine To Form Carlos Voltron" inexplicably did not make the cut. #blamebeltran

Finally, River Avenue Blues (note: a Yankees blog) is raising money for Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School. Yay for charity by private citizens.

Non-Baseball Extra

Splitsider presents a list of the lost roles of Eddie Murphy. The Ghostbusters and Inglourious Basterds roles are intriguing, though it's probably best he wasn't involved in either masterpiece.