Braves finalize Opening Day roster

Rodger's Quick Take

It was a picture-perfect day and a terrific start for the Mets, who won their season opener 6-0 over the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon at Citi Field in front of a sellout crowd of 44,384 fans.

Noah Syndergaard struck out seven in his first opening day start for NY, the only blemish a blister on the top of his right middle finger that ended his outing after six sharp innings.

Hansel Robles came in and shut the Braves down in the top of the seventh before the Mets finally broke through with their first runs of the year in the bottom of the frame.

The Mets are sending out Noah Syndergaard in this one, he was 14-9 last season in 30 starts with a 2.60 ERA in 183 2/3 innings.

Washington Nationals - Stephen Strausburg threw just 85 pitches through seven innings while giving up six hits and two runs in a winning effort against the Miami Marlins. He isn't anxious about the blister, although it affects all his pitches. A blood blister began forming in the second inning before bursting in the fifth, and manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen opted for caution and told Syndergaard it was time to call it a day.

Despite neither "Thor" nor Braves' right-hander Julio Teheran allowing a single run at Citi Field, both starters will receive no-decisions for their Opening Day efforts.

MINNEAPOLIS - Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk during a terrible seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen, as Ervin Santana and the Twins beat the Royals 7-1 on Monday for their first opening victory in nine years.

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Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI single, Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly, Jay Bruce drew a bases loaded walk, and Lucas Duda hit a bases clearing double.

Win or lose, opening day is the best day of the year, and it didn't disappoint for Mets fans on Monday. One out later, Jose Reyes walked and Cabrera singled to center field for his third hit. Flowers fielded the throw behind the plate and had to reach to get to Flores, the difference in a would-be out.

Dansby Swanson is the lone rookie on the Opening Day roster. They followed Julio Teheran, who did his Mets-killer thing yet again, holding NY hitless in 11 at-bats with men on base in six shutout innings. "I like being a little nervous", Bruce said.

Braves manager Brian Snitker started the seventh with lefty Ian Krol to face Rene Rivera, fearing correctly Collins would have hit Michael Conforto had he summoned a righty. Good luck, Bart, except when you're pitching against the Mets. "Everybody's getting back into it the last week of spring training". Lugo, who went 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA to help keep the Mets in the postseason hunt after losing multiple starters to injury last season, complained of fatigue and soreness in his throwing arm after representing Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He was in uniform for pregame introductions and was given a warm hand. The Mets have Matt Harvey coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, Jacob deGrom returning from elbow surgery, Zack Wheeler on the verge of making his first start since 2015 Tommy John surgery and Steven Matz on the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon to start the season.

Braves: Colon will make his Atlanta debut when he starts the second game of the series Wednesday night against his former teammates.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom returns to the mound from September 21 surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.

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