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Mets shortstop and spark plug Jose Reyes wasn’t perfect in his first game for the Mets since last May 20, but he went 1-for-4 and looked healthy. Reyes, who batted leadoff, made an error in the field but otherwise showed no signs of the hamstring injury that kept him out for most of 2009. He should be back in the lineup Sunday. … Catcher Rod Barajas took his first day off of the season after playing every inning of the club’s first four games. Barajas appeared as a pinch-hitter in the ninth on Saturday, lining out to end the game
Meanwhile, Santana overcame questions about the health of his surgically repaired elbow during a shaky spring to best the Marlins on Opening Day, firing six innings and allowing a run on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
In other words, he looked like vintage Johan Santana.
“When you face one of the frontline guys, you’ve got to get him when you get him on the ropes,” Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan said after the Opening Day game. “We had a couple of times when we put him in a difficult situation, and he pitched himself out of it.”
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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday’s game against the Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning because of a tight left hamstring and was replaced by Willie Harris at the hot corner. Zimmerman, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game, is listed as day-to-day. … Hernandez, who was 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA for Washington last year, was added to the Nationals’ 25-man roster on Saturday.
Hernandez, who was a long shot to make the team, didn’t come into camp until late February and had to get into pitching shape. His first Spring Training start wasn’t until March 14, but that didn’t hurt him. He allowed two earned runs in eight innings.
“I feel really happy. I worked hard since I came to Spring Training,” Hernandez said. “I came to Spring Training knowing I could still pitch and help the team win.”