New York Mets defeat Cincinnati Reds, 2-1

LAKELAND, Fla. - Johan Santana may not appear in a spring training game for at least two weeks because of elbow tightness, and the ace wouldn't rule out missing an Opening Day start in Cincinnati on April 6.

Santana added that pitching the first game against the Reds is unimportant, as long as he doesn't miss a turn in the rotation.

"Everything starts April 6, but if it's going to be me or somebody else, it's tough to say right now," Santana said about Opening Day. "...

CINCINNATI - Omar Minaya knew it would be difficult to bring Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoeneweis back to New York in 2009, given the likely fan response the first time they imploded.

The GM, however, did not expect a complete bullpen overhaul, in which aside from Pedro Feliciano, the entire relief corps had thrown just 38-1/3 innings in a Mets uniform entering Opening Day.

The Mets ranked second in blown saves in 2008 with 29, trailing only the Cardinals, who had 31,...