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March 06, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA;   New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) warms up before the spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
March 06, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) warms up before the spring training game against the St Louis Cardinals at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Since it's still fairly early, it's not too difficult to focus on the positive rather than the negative from Johan Santana's third spring training start.

Santana lasted only 2.2 innings, didn't record a single strikeout, walked two, and gave up five runs, four of which were earned. He did, however, sit at 89 mph with his fastball and hit 90 and 91 on several pitches. The uptick in velocity is an encouraging sign since there was no guarantee that Santana would throw any harder than he did in his first spring outing. And perhaps most importantly, Santana reported no setbacks after making the start.

The Mets played a good chunk of their projected Opening Day lineup, but they combined to make Rick Porcello and company look like Justin Verlander. They struck out fives times and walked only once in their futile effort to plate a run in the spring contest.

Tomorrow at 1:10 pm, the Mets host the Braves in a game that will be broadcast on WPIX.

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