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Tickets available for Mets' home opener

An American flag is unfurled during 2010 Opening

An American flag is unfurled during 2010 Opening Day at Citi Field. (Apr. 5, 2010) Credit: John Dunn

PHILADELPHIA -- Want to go to the Mets' home opener Friday afternoon against the Nationals? As of last night, some very good seats were still available.

A search of Mets.com turned up available tickets in many pricey locations, from Metropolitan Box Platinum ($325 per seat) to Field Box Platinum ($280) to Caesars Club Gold ($168).

A few spots were left in the nosebleed seats -- Promenade Reserved for $36 with a warning the view of the outfield might be obstructed.

A Mets spokesman acknowledged that a limited number of tickets were unsold but predicted the game will be sold out.

Mets' attendance will be closely watched this season as club owners attempt to sell part of the team in the wake of the Bernie Madoff scandal.

The Mets announced Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 4:10 p.m. game Friday. Kiner is celebrating his 50th season announcing Mets games. The first 25,000 fans will get a Mr. Met bobblehead doll.

 

Day off for Beltran

Carlos Beltran will get his second day off in the Mets' first six games in Thursday's 3 p.m. series finale against Roy Halladay.

"Carlos and I talk every day," manager Terry Collins said. "It started in spring training. I told him, 'This open line of communication will continue for the next 182 days.' I want to make sure that we're on the same page each and every day. He said he's feeling great . . . The one thing he told me that first meeting: 'I will not lie to you. I'll be honest with you and tell you how I feel.' "

 

Extra bases

Willie Harris started in leftfield and went 1-for-4. His early-season play (5-for-14, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) temporarily has scuttled the Mets' plans to have Lucas Duda fill in for Jason Bay against righties . . . Brad Emaus (2-for-3 with a walk) is batting .308 with a .400 OBP.

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