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Noah Syndergaard to start Opening Day for Mets

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day for the Mets, March 29 at home against the Cardinals. Jacob deGrom will pitch the second game of the season on the 31st.

This will be Syndergaard’s second consecutive Opening Day start for the Mets. The right-hander made only seven starts last season due to a lat injury. Syndergaard appears to be good to go as he has limited the opposition to three runs (two earned) in 13 innings with 18 strikeouts so far in the Grapefruit League.

Across parts of three seasons in the majors, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 career ERA with 418 strikeouts and 77 walks in 364 innings. If he can stay healthy, he figures to be among the game’s best starters this season.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.