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Johan Santana, David Wright, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes and the Giants

Just the facts this morning. Well, perhaps a few opinions, too:

--In Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana looked good on the mound, and at this stage, you have to evaluate Santana as much as how he looked out there as the results, which were OK. His body language was encouraging. He didn't look like someone holding back, out of fear that something would go wrong.

His words, however, are still very measured. Santana won't discuss Opening Day. He'll discuss only his next start. Which I think is the right way to go, mentally.

--My Mets notebook leads with the likelihood that David Wright will receive an ultrasound-guided cortisone shot to his ailing left rib-cage muscle. We'll probably get a better picture of Wright's situation tomorrow, upon his return to camp.

--In Tampa, Mariano Rivera made his Grapefruit League debut and looked fine. What, you expected something different?

--In Fort Myers, Phil Hughes pitched well, and if he keeps this up, he's a slam-dunk to be in the Yankees' starting rotation. If all six guys are healthy, then Freddy Garcia would start the season as a long reliever. Yet the laws of nature have us figuring that Garcia will get his share of starts, if he stays healthy, because someone will get hurt at some point.

--Out in Arizona, Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera have been tabbed as the top two hitters in the Giants' lineup. Of course, Pagan didn't particularly enjoy hitting leadoff during Jose Reyes' injury absence last year, while Cabrera put up a career high .339 OBP in what was a career year last year. So, there's that, I guess.

--Go Blue!

--Have a great day.


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