Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/26
One more game in Florida, then it’s on to Canada for the Mets.
What we learned: Jose Valverde made the Opening Day roster. Vic Black did not.
What we wrote:
- Astros 9, Mets 6: Gee preps for Opening Day with no-hit stuff
- Kevin Burkhardt breaks down his job, Mets’ chances
- Valverde eyes key role in Mets’ bullpen
- Mets’ Black disappointed, but understands demotion
- Ike joins with Cards’ Motte for cancer fundraiser
Around the league:
- Dodgers’ Kershaw scratched from Opening Night start
- Pirates sign outfielder Starling Marte to contract extension
They said it:
“I didn’t see it coming, but I also couldn’t expect anything different, really. What I did was struggle all spring.” –Black on his demotion
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