Collins: Santana will start Opening Day

Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a bullpen

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Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Only hours before Johan Santana was to take the mound for just his second mound session this month, Terry Collins took a leap of faith in announcing his belief that the Mets ace will be ready to start Opening Day.

Santana's response?

Not so fast.

It's understandable that Collins, despite the team's conservative approach, visualizes Santana at the front...

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