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Johan Santana Named Mets Opening Day Starter

Johan Santana has been officially named the Mets opening day starter, reports Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

The 33-year-old left-hander will face off against Tommy Hanson of the Braves at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 EST.

The start will be the two-time Cy Young award winner's first since September 2, 2010, having spent all of last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder.

Santana has made five starts this spring, and has a 3.44 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

In the three seasons with the Mets prior to the shoulder surgery, Santana posted a 2.85 ERA and 7.4 K/9 over 600 innings pitched.

Manager Terry Collins told Martino that Santana's opening day pitch count will not exceed 95 pitches.