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Nationals 3, Mets 1: Spring Training Games Have Begun

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Perhaps we'll call it a Torres run by the end of the season. (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
Perhaps we'll call it a Torres run by the end of the season. (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

While there may not have been many highlights in the Mets' spring training opener, it sure was nice to see the team playing a game of baseball. This winter has been far less taxing on New York City and its surrounding areas than the last one, but there's something refreshing about listening to Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez on SNY and Howie Rose and new-to-the-Mets Josh Lewin on WFAN.

As for the game at hand, the Mets wound up scoring only one run to the Nationals' three. Dillon Gee made the start, allowing one run on a solo home run by Rick Ankiel over two innings of work. He struck out and walked one a piece.

Highly-touted prospect Matt Harvey pitched the next couple of innings and didn't allow a run despite walking three and striking out only one. Frank Francisco, Danny Herrera, and Tim Byrdak pitched an inning a piece before Miguel Batista threw the final pair of frames. Francisco and Batista allowed a run a piece, but Batista's was unearned as the runner who scored had reached on an error by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

At the plate, the Mets scored a run in the first inning after Andres Torres began with a walk, surely making Sandy Alderson smile. He stole second and scored on a single by Daniel Murphy. Outside of that, the offense didn't do a whole lot, but Ruben Tejada had a pair of hits.

The Mets' spring training schedule continues tomorrow afternoon. They'll have two split-squad games, one of which will feature a start by Johan Santana at home against the Cardinals at 1:10 pm. The other game will be on the road against the Astros at 1:05 pm. Santana's game will be broadcast on SNY.

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