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|• The Mets can, for the moment, take a breath. Ace left-hander Johan Santana threw 31 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday and said afterward, "this is the first time in the last four days that I've thrown, but I feel fine and don't think there should be any problems."||WORST|
|• The never-ending Manny Ramirez saga took another turn Sunday. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported that, after all this time, the negotiations between the Dodgers and Ramirez are going to "start from scratch," according to team owner Frank McCourt.|
|• The Texas Rangers got a scare Sunday when outfielder Josh Hamilton left a game against Seattle with an Achilles tendon injury. Hamilton suffered what is being called a strained left Achilles, and told reporters it was "no big deal."|
Johan Santana has experienced elbow discomfort in spring training, but reported no pain after playing long toss and having a short bullpen session Sunday morning. His status for Opening Day is still in doubt. It's no secret the Mets need him. Here's how Santana stacks up with the Mets' other top starters (Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine):
|Hitters vs. Mets pitchers (2008)|
|Santana||Perez, Pelfrey, Maine|
|BB pct. of PAs||6.5||10.2|
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