Johan Santana “felt good” after three-inning simulated game

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Johan Santana balked at making a rehab start in the South Atlantic League championship series, so instead he threw a three-inning simulated game yesterday.

Santana faced instructional league players and afterward general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the left-hander’s surgically repaired shoulder “felt good.”

According to Alderson he struck out four and allowed one hit, and Santana also pitched well in his final rehab start last week.

Not making it back for at least a few appearances this season is no doubt disappointing to Santana and the Mets, but barring any further setbacks he should be fully healthy for spring training with two seasons and $55 million remaining on his contract.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.