Cespedes resembles DH in contrast, Mets outperform Braves 1-0

Yoenis Cespedes certainly didn't take much time to take on a DH role in his long awaited comeback.

Cespedes returned with a buzz, instantly taking advantage of the new designated hitter base in the National League by launching a rally at home sent Jacob Degrum and the New York Mets after Atlanta Braves 1-0 at the season opening on Friday.

After five dominant roles from deGrom, who was knocking out a catcher glove with 99 fast balls per hour at first, Cespedes reached seventh Savior Chris Martin (0-1) for his first long ball since his previous major game on July 20, 2018.

"I am very excited. It was very exciting to be able to play again," said Cespedes through an interpreter. "I have no words for a situation like this."

"He proved to me that I could still be the same player I used to be."

The 34-year-old hitter missed most of the past two seasons with a series of leg injuries, requiring surgery on both heels and then an ankle fracture after a bad fall on his Florida farm in a reported race with a wild boar.

"I don't care if he takes a five-year gap, when he enters the mixture box, she's worried," said Braves Snakeker's director, Braves Snicket. "It is such a presence."

Changes were made to the rules for this short season that was delayed due to the coronary virus DH in NL games for the first time - giving Mets the perfect slot for Cespedes even if the left field was a problem.

"The funny thing is that I was joking with him before the game, so I said: Why do you hit me?" Degrum said. "Really happy for him."

With no fans in Citi Field due to the epidemic, it was easy to hear teammates chanting in the dugout when Cespedes sent his career flying into the empty left field seats.

They exploded. Luis Rojas, the junior manager, said they were crazy. Obviously it's a big moment for Ces. He was waiting. "

Seth Lugo (1-0) threw two shots, after getting out of trouble in seventh place, and Justin Wilson shook Ronald Acuna Junior with a runner at the scoring center to finish the eighth.

Edwin Diaz, who lost his job more closely during the miserable 2019 season, hit two on the ninth without hitting for conservation. He worked on a one-time outing, giving the 38-year-old Rojas a victory on his debut.

After that, he got a game ball from his players and a festive shower that Rojas said he started making his clothes smelly.

"I don't know what they threw on me, but they threw a lot of things," Rojas said.

Braves All-Star Mike Soroka, who won two previous games with deGrom, allowed four hits in six fantastic roles. Two impressive Gold Glove takeovers three times by Ender Inciarte, who stole J.D. Davis from Homer possible for two goals, helped him.

"He tied with the best game out there," Snitker said of Soroka. "It was very cool from both sides."

After coming out of the Cy Young's consecutive awards, deGrom performed eight votes and only allowed a broken paddle and a walk. He was pulled after 72 degrees from the field after fears of a tight back at the beginning of last week. The right-back extended his streak of no goal to the 28 best career rounds dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the disciplines.

"I used to watch it and feed the energy it brings to the hill," said Soroka. "It has been very good for the past few years and you just want to keep up with that."

Freddy Freeman, Atlanta's first man, started his tenth consecutive opening day after returning to the camp a week before a frightening fit with COVID-19 whose temperature rose to 104.5 degrees.

Marcel Osona doubled and went 1 to 4 in his first Braves debut.

A different look

About 30 minutes before the premiere, the Mr. Mitt and Mrs. Mitt amulets wandered into the empty stands, wearing temporary masks, applause and waving for one in particular.

The cardboard chunks of some seats included a former Braves superstar and Mets nemesis Chipper Jones.

Favorite day of the year

Mets improved to 39-20 in the openings (despite losing the first eight), the best opening day win in the majors. They got 12 out of the last 15 - and 23 out of 26 in the house.

Sending a Message

Both teams wore Black Lives Matter shirts to hit and joined a long black ribbon contract in the field during a pregame video message from several of the major black contestants on eliminating racial injustice.

Previous ceremonies

The national anthem was performed almost on the video board by key workers, all of whom sang their turn, and New York State Governor Andrew Como said "Let's play the ball!" It seems that all the players on the field stood in front of the anthem.

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