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Dillon Gee to start Mets' opener against Nationals

By JON SANTUCCI
Associated Press
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Dillon Gee will start the New York Mets' opener at home against Washington on March 31.

Mets manager Terry Collins informed Gee of the decision Monday.

''It's a big honor,'' Gee said. ''I'm very thankful for that opportunity, but really I've just got to take it like any other game. It's just one of 30-something starts I hope to get this year, but it's definitely a big honor.''

Gee went 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts last year, when he had a 6.34 ERA after eight weeks and almost lost his spot in the rotation. He had a 2.71 ERA during the final four months.

Gee is 1-0 with 1.69 ERA in three exhibition starts with eight strikeouts and no walks.

''I don't think about where I've come from in the last year,'' Gee said. ''I'm just going to keep going forward. That's where I'm at.''

Jonathon Niese was expected to be the Mets' opening-day starter for the second straight year, but he has been sidelined by shoulder and elbow injuries. Niese threw off a mound Monday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot on March 17 and is hoping to be ready by April 6.

''It's kind of by default, too,'' Gee conceded. ''I mean Jon Niese has a few setbacks, he can't make opening day, so I get it. It's a big honor. I've definitely worked my way up. I just try to work hard and go out there and try to win games. To be out there on March 31 will be pretty cool.''

MATSUZAKA IMPRESSIVE

Daisuke Matsuzaka, a non-roster invitee trying to make the roster, allowed one run in six innings as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3.

''Throughout spring training, condition-wise I felt great, but the results weren't exactly what I was hoping them to be,'' Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. ''Today I went up there knowing this would be my last chance to show what I can do up there.''

Matsuzaka, who is competing with Jenrry Mejia to be the Mets' fifth starter, allowed three hits runs, walked three and struck out five. He hit Stephen Piscotty on the back of the helmet with a changeup opening the seventh inning and was replaced by Vic Black.

Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3, including a two-run double off Shelby Miller in the third inning.

Miller gave up three runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.

''I thought it went all right,'' Miller said. ''Obviously, I still have some stuff I need to work on still. I kind of struggled a little bit in the third with my command, but other than that I'm getting back to where I want to be. I feel like I'm putting it all together.''

CLOSE CALLS FOR PISCOTTY

In addition to being plunked on the head, Piscotty collided with center fielder Peter Bourjos on a fly ball by Travis d'Arnaud to right-center in the second inning. Bourjos made the catch but stumbled over Piscotty, allowing Chris Young to tag up and advance to third.

''We had a little, I don't know if it was a miscommunication, but we got figured it out late,'' Piscotty said. ''I kind of hit the deck at the last second tried and get out of the way the best I could.''

NOTES

The Mets released reliever Kyle Farnsworth on Sunday, but he remained with the club Monday and said he expects to be re-signed Tuesday. ... Collins said he is concerned about Black, who allowed two runs without recording an out. Black has a 6.75 ERA in nine appearances. ... Mets LHP John Lannan, working as a reliever, made back-to-back appearances for the first time in his pro career. He pitched one perfect inning and struck out Matt Carpenter.

 
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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B5010032 .200
Mark Ellis, 2B2000112 .280
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Scott McGregor, P0000000 .000
   a-Thomas Pham, PH1000001 .000
   Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Shaban, P0000000 .000
Allen Craig, 1B3000011 .302
   Xavier Scruggs, 1B1000010 .194
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010001 .310
   Pete Kozma, SS0000100 .200
Stephen Piscotty, RF3110002 .333
Peter Bourjos, CF2100112 .281
Shane Robinson, LF4120011 .297
Tony Cruz, C4011001 .207
Shelby Miller, P1000110 .000
   Daniel Descalso, 2B2001001 .324
Totals3136249  
a-grounded out for McGregor in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (4, Matsuzaka)
RBI - Tony Cruz (2), Daniel Descalso (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Stephen Piscotty (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (L,1-2) 5333340 5.93
Randy Choate 0.2111000 1.23
Scott McGregor 0.1100000 6.23
Keith Butler 1211210 8.68
Ronald Shaban 1100100 0.00
WP - Keith Butler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 39-27, Randy Choate 3-3, Scott McGregor 2-2, Keith Butler 17-8, Ronald Shaban 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 3-8, Randy Choate 1-1, Scott McGregor 1-0, Keith Butler 1-1, Ronald Shaban 2-1
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 21, Randy Choate 3, Scott McGregor 2, Keith Butler 7, Ronald Shaban 5
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF3110020 .244
   Dustin Lawley, LF2110000 .222
Daniel Murphy, 2B3122000 .300
   Omar Quintanilla, 2B2011002 .182
David Wright, 3B3000002 .182
   Eric Campbell, 3B0000100 .342
Curtis Granderson, RF2001001 .195
   Andrew Brown, RF1000012 .256
Chris Young, CF1010200 .362
   Brandon Nimmo, PR-CF0100100 .500
Lucas Duda, 1B3000003 .200
   Josh Satin, 1B1000003 .262
Travis d'Arnaud, C3011011 .154
   Anthony Recker, C1010000 .303
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P3000002 .000
   Vic Black, P0000000 .000
   John Lannan, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Seratelli, SS1000001 .195
Ruben Tejada, SS2100110 .216
   Gonzalez Germen, P0000000 .000
   a-Brian Burgamy, PH0000100 .286
   Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Totals3158565  
a-walked for Germen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (3, Miller)
SF - Curtis Granderson (1)
RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (3), Omar Quintanilla (3), Curtis Granderson (6), Travis d'Arnaud (3)
2-OUT RBI - Travis d'Arnaud (3)
SB - Dustin Lawley (1, 2nd base off Butler/Cruz), Chris Young (3, 2nd base off Miller/Cruz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Murphy-Duda, Tejada-Murphy-Duda-Murphy-Duda
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W,1-1) 6311350 3.86
Vic Black 0222000 6.75
John Lannan (H,1) 1000010 4.05
Gonzalez Germen (H,3) 1000120 5.40
Jose Valverde (S,1) 1100010 3.00
WP - Vic Black (1), Jose Valverde (1)
HBP - Piscotty (by Daisuke Matsuzaka), Bourjos (by Vic Black)
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 42-29, Vic Black 4-2, John Lannan 5-5, Gonzalez Germen 11-7, Jose Valverde 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-7, John Lannan 2-0
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 23, Vic Black 3, John Lannan 3, Gonzalez Germen 4, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6655
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Chris Conroy