Opening Night misplays by Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d’Arnaud cost Mets a run

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To paraphrase the words of Terrell Owens, getcha narratives ready.

In the first inning of Sunday’s Opening Night contest against the Royals, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes whiffed on a fly ball to left field hit by Mike Moustakas. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud then straight up missed a fastball from starter Matt Harvey, allowing Moustakas to advance to second base. Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain, then yielded an RBI single to left field to Eric Hosmer to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

If the Mets came into Opening Night expecting to avenge their 2015 World Series loss to the Royals, things aren’t exactly starting off the way they expected.

Cespedes drew a lot of attention early in spring training, showing up in fancy cars and buying a hog. If the Mets go on to lose Sunday night’s game to the Royals, expect some columns about how Cespedes is supposedly getting complacent after signing a big contract.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.