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The Mets, Josh Beckett and other Opening Day items

Just sent my Yankees-Red Sox column for tomorrow's newspaper. Have been working all day in my hotel room, which alas means I didn't see the Mets game. Instead, I've had Cardinals-Reds, White Sox-Indians and now Braves-Cubs on ESPN.

From following the live feed on cbssports.com as well as people's tweets, I don't think I'm splitting the atom by declaring the Mets game's turning point to be the bottom of the sixth, when _ with Johan Santana done _ Jason Bay's triple started a four-run rally, giving the troubled bullpen an extremely helpful cushion.

Good for the Mets that Santana pitched something like his old self. Of course, the real test starts Wednesday night, as John Maine becomes the first of the non-Santana starting pitchers to go out there.

--The Red Sox announced their extension to Josh Beckett at Fenway Park, and it's a relatively reasonable deal, particularly since it's only four years (starting next season) for the 29-year-old Beckett. You have to wonder whether Players Association officials are at all frustrated that what looked to be an outstanding free-agent class of 2010-11 is seriously fading. And that Beckett, Roy Halladay and Joe Mauer (more Beckett and Halladay than Mauer) accepted "hometown discounts."

--Other random thoughts: How about Jason Heyward? Did you see him kick off his big-league career with a monster homer?

--Disastrous first day for the Cubs, and because of it, everyone will forget Derek Lowe's shaky performance for the Braves.

--Did you see Mark Buehrle's "Play of the Year"? Remarkable.

--Albert Pujols is just ridiculous.

--Maybe Garrett Jones' 2009 wasn't a fluke.

See you tomorrow morning.

 

 

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