NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan Santana pitched five innings of two-hit
ball in his long-awaited return from shoulder surgery and David
Wright hit an RBI single to lead the New York Mets past the Atlanta
Braves 1-0 in their season opener Thursday.
New York's revamped bullpen picked up for Santana and shut down
the Braves, while the shortened fences at reconfigured Citi Field
hardly came into play. But it wasn't all good news for the Mets,
who watched new center fielder Andres Torres hobble off after
re-injuring his strained calf.
It was the first time since 1996 that Atlanta fielded an
opening-day lineup without Chipper Jones, and the Braves were
punchless at the plate. Coming off a near-record collapse last
September that cost the team a playoff spot, Atlanta managed only