Santana comes through on Opening Day

The Mets' ace was masterful, as usual -- despite coming off offseason surgery

Updated: April 5, 2010, 11:42 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Left-hander Johan Santana's 6.75 Grapefruit League ERA did not cause any alarm. Nor did the fact that he had surgery on Sept. 1 to remove bone chips from his left elbow.

After all, in his first two seasons as a New York Met, Santana rose to the occasion despite some obstacles.

The most memorable example came during his first season with the team, when the ace shut out these very same Florida Marlins in Game No. 161 in 2008. He was pitching on short rest that day and ...

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