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Sport Céspedes homers as DH in return, Mets edge Braves 1-0

02:50  25 july  2020
02:50  25 july  2020 Source:   ap.org

Céspedes says he'll be ready to start season with Mets

  Céspedes says he'll be ready to start season with Mets NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Céspedes is sure he'll be ready to start the pandemic-delayed season with the New York Mets. Out of the lineup for almost two years, the 34-year-old slugger said Saturday he finally is close to fully recovered from a string of injuries to his feet and legs. “I don't have an exact percentage on how I feel, but I feel way better than I did back in March,” Céspedes said through a translator on a video conference call. When the coronavirus outbreak halted spring training March 12 and pushed back opening day about four months, that gave Céspedes more time to rehab and heal up. He said he woke up at 5 a.m. for workouts seven days a week during the hiatus.

Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return to the New York Mets , who said he could be shifted to first base later this season. Yoenis Cespedes ' rehab assignment has been cut short after a setback, and the plummeting New York Mets aren't sure when they might get their slugging left fielder back from a

Yoenis Céspedes expects to be the designated hitter for the New York Mets on Friday when they BRAVES ADD VETERAN. The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander Jhoulys Chacín, who pitched for Nolan Aranado and David Dahl hit two-run homers , and Daniel Murphy hit a solo shot, all in five

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, center, celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, center, celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes came back with a bang, taking immediate advantage of the new designated hitter rule in the National League by launching a home run that sent Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in their season opener Friday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return from the disabled list, Noah Syndergaard won his second straight start since coming back from an injury but left after a drop in velocity, and the New York Mets Cespedes is 8 for 10 with a pair of homers in his big league career on 3- 0 counts.

Yoenis Céspedes expects to be the designated hitter for the New York Mets on Friday when they open the season against the Atlanta Braves . It was his first time facing batters since he was hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive on July 4. Tanaka is to throw batting practice again on Sunday.

After five dominant innings from deGrom, who was popping the catcher's mitt with 99 mph fastballs from the start, Cespedes connected in the seventh off reliever Chris Martin (0-1) for his first long ball since his previous major league game on July 20, 2018.

The slugger missed most of the past two seasons with a string of leg injuries, requiring surgery on both heels and then a broken ankle after a bad fall at his Florida ranch in a reported run-in with a wild boar.

Rules changes for this shortened season delayed by the coronavirus provided a DH in NL games for the first time - giving the Mets a perfect slot for Cespedes as he gets back in the swing of things.

With no fans at Citi Field due to the pandemic, it was easy to hear teammates exclaiming loudly in the dugout when Cespedes sent his drive into the empty left-field seats.

Watch: Aaron Judge blasts three-run game-winning HR in the ninth

  Watch: Aaron Judge blasts three-run game-winning HR in the ninth With Baltimore up 6-5 in the top of the ninth inning Thursday evening, Aaron Judge took to the plate against reliever Cole Sulser with two on and one out. The outcome was about as predictable as it gets. Into the night. #AllRise pic.twitter.com/iS08ex016t— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020 Yes, that’s a three-run go-ahead homer from Judge, his second in as many games against Baltimore.Judge has now hit 17 homers in 52 career games against the Orioles. This amounts to 53 homers over a 162-game slate. Is that good?New York would go on to defeat Baltimore, 8-6, with Judge’s homer acting as the difference.

Yoenis Céspedes expects to be the designated hitter for the New York Mets on Friday when they open the season against the Atlanta Braves . But he told reporters through a translator Tuesday that “at least for the first game, for opening day, I ’ll be the DH .” The 34-year-old slugger, an All-Star in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return to the New York Mets , who said he could be shifted to first base later this season. Cespedes had been out two months with a strained right hip flexor.

Seth Lugo (1-0) tossed two innings, pitching out of trouble in the seventh for New York, and Justin Wilson whiffed Ronald Acuna Jr. with a runner in scoring position to end the eighth. Edwin Diaz, who lost his job as closer during a miserable 2019 season, struck out two in a hitless ninth for the save. He worked around a one-out walk, giving rookie manager Luis Rojas a victory in his debut.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: New York Mets outfielders Michael Conforto, left, Jake Marisnick, center, and Brandon Nimmo react after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF New York Mets outfielders Michael Conforto, left, Jake Marisnick, center, and Brandon Nimmo react after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Braves All-Star starter Mike Soroka, who won his previous two matchups with deGrom, allowed four hits in six outstanding innings.

Coming off consecutive Cy Young Awards, deGrom fanned eight and permitted only a broken-bat single and a walk. He was pulled after 72 pitches following a back-tightness scare early last week that limited his ability to build up further during summer camp games. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to a career-best 28 innings dating to last season, the longest active streak in the majors.

Mets outright veteran pitcher Hunter Strickland

  Mets outright veteran pitcher Hunter Strickland The 31-year-old Strickland appeared in three games for the Mets but struggled, serving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 frames. He still averaged 96 mph on his heater, and it’s worth noting that he didn’t give up much in the way of hard contact in his tiny sample of work (80.7 mph average exit velocity). That said, the fact that he went unclaimed underscores the manner in which he’s tailed off since his strong run with the Giants earlier in his career. From 2014-17, Strickland pitched to a 2.64 ERA with 8.7 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 in 180 2/3 innings of relief in San Francisco.

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Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman made his 10th straight opening day start after returning to camp a week ago from a frightening bout with COVID-19 that spiked his fever to 104.5 degrees.

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz reacts after the last out of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz reacts after the last out of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Marcell Ozuna doubled and went 1 for 4 in his Braves debut.

SENDING A MESSAGE

Both teams wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts for batting practice and joined in holding a long, black ribbon on the field during a pregame message on the video board from many Black major leaguers about eradicating racial injustice.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run with Robinson Cano (24) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run with Robinson Cano (24) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

PREGAME CEREMONIES

The national anthem was performed virtually on the video board by a string of essential workers, each singing their part. It appeared all players on the field stood for the anthem.

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Mets manager Terry Collins said the team plans to get Cespedes ’ input on how much he plays during the next week. The Braves had won three in a row. Brandon Phillips’ fourth homer for Atlanta cut the lead to Braves starter Sean Newcomb ( 0 - 1 ) lost in his major league debut despite allowing just one

Cespedes is working back from some serious leg injuries that cost him not only significant action, but also significant guaranteed money. © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Yoenis Cespedes will handle DH duties on Opening Day for the Mets . The stage is set for a fascinating final contract year for

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: The two-time NL East champions suddenly opened the 60-game season without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud, after both showed coronavirus symptoms and were placed on the injured list. Flowers and d'Arnaud have tested negative, manager Brian Snitker said, but did not travel with the team. Snitker said he didn't know what the symptoms were and he hoped the two just had ''a bad cold.'' They will continue to be tested. Alex Jackson and William Contreras were recalled to handle catching duties. Jackson batted ninth and struck out twice, falling to 0 for 15 in his big league career. Contreras made his major league debut on defense in the eighth. ... LHP Cole Hamels went on the 45-day IL on Thursday with triceps tendinitis.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (torn left calf muscle) said it was ''shocking'' that an MRI he thought was precautionary revealed a torn left calf muscle this week. ''It's nothing serious, nothing that I'm truly concerned about,'' he said. ''Honestly, if I had never gotten the MRI, I would probably still be making my start.'' Stroman didn't want to speculate about how long he might be out but noted he's a fast healer, as evidenced by his quick recovery from an ACL injury with Toronto. ... C Wilson Ramos was in the starting lineup after missing two exhibition games against the Yankees last weekend and being away from the team for a few days for undisclosed reasons that he preferred to keep private. ''It did not affect anything,'' Ramos said. ''I never lost my timing, my focus. It probably helped me to rest a little. ... To me, it was like an All-Star break.''

Mike Soroka suffers season-ending Achilles tear

  Mike Soroka suffers season-ending Achilles tear Braves ace Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles on Monday and will miss the rest of the season. Not only is this development horrible news for Soroka and the Braves, but it’s a blow to baseball fans who have been treated to his outstanding performance since he debuted in 2018. Still just 22 years old, Soroka was an All-Star last season who has registered a 2.72 ERA/3.34 FIP with 7.27 K/9, 2.17 BB/9 and a 50.4 percent groundball rate in 211 2/3 innings in the majors.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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A mostly empty stadium is seen before the Opening Day baseball game between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © APWF A mostly empty stadium is seen before the Opening Day baseball game between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In a matchup of left-handers, Max Fried (17-6, 4.02 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series Saturday for Atlanta against Steven Matz (11-10, 4.21 ERA).

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AP Sports Writer Charles Odum contributed to this report.

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