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Heyward, Hanson impress as spring play begins

Mar 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

The Mets started off the Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-2 win, but it was the young Braves that stole the show Tuesday in the first game of the spring season. Tommy Hanson started and struck out three in two scoreless innings for Atlanta, while Jason Heyward, batting third and playing right field, walked twice and delivered a hard single through the right side of the infield in his three plate appearances.
Some notes from the game:
– The Mets scratched David Wright, Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo from the starting lineup because of a rain shower that ended about an hour and a half before the game started. If that’s acting a little gun shy, well, it’s rather hard to blame them.
– Of course, the Mets did suffer the first injury in an exhibition game anyway. Elmer Dessens, the team’s second pitcher in, limped off the field in the third after taking a comebacker off his leg.
– In addition to reaching all three times up, Heyward had a steal of third base and an advancement to second on a wild pitch that he got a very good read on. The 20-year-old doesn’t need to hit 450-foot homers in order to impress.
– Kris Medlen, who was terrific in middle relief during the second half of last season, followed Hanson in the third and also pitched two scoreless innings. He may not get any starts this spring, but the Braves will want to keep him rather stretched out in case Jair Jurrjens has a setback or another starter goes down.
– Mets non-roster invite Russ Adams had the first homer of the spring, a solo shot off Chris Resop in the eighth that concluded the scoring for the day.

  1. tom a'hawk - Mar 2, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    go braves

  2. onesweetworld - Mar 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    So did the Mets do anything in this game? While Russ Adams HR is nice and all im sure most met fans would rather hear what Ike Davis did then Russ Adams. And as much as I hate the Braves that Heyward dude is gonna be, actually he is already a beast. My first thought watching him was no way this guy is a 20 yr old rookie. He’s def a keeper.

  3. Bad Man - Mar 2, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Sweet World, the article was a little one sided wasn’t it?
    I am sorry that you are a Mets fan. It must be painful.

  4. Needabailout,too! - Mar 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Yes, we’re very excited about Heyward here in Atlanta. We’re hoping to keep him here for his entire career, ala Chipper Jones, unless Corporate does something ridiculous in a trade. As you may have read, he’s causing damage to parked cars outside the spring training stadium during batting practices. He just needs to get acquainted with the increased speed of major league pitching, and then, look out! We could sure use a great season for a change, and he could be the catalyst.

  5. vogt - Mar 3, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Heyward reminds me of a 20yr. old Griffey Jr. Same swing. Just a physically bigger version. Now, if he puts up numbers like him— WOW!!! See you in 20 yrs.

  6. vogt - Mar 3, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    Heyward reminds me of a 20yr. old Griffey Jr. Same swing. Just a physically bigger version. Now, if he puts up numbers like him— WOW!!! See you in 20 yrs.

  7. farmville secrets - Mar 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Ive been following your blog posts for several weeks now and find them a riveting read.

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