Thirteen B-Mets to Flushing; Mets, Yanks finalize rosters
3/31/2013 (Updated 10:48:26 PM)Baseball fans are happy to see Opening Day pop up on the calendar. The Rangers and Astros are the only teams scheduled on the 2013 season's first day. Both the Yankees and the Mets must wait until Monday.
Here in Binghamton, fans have the luxury of seeing future big leaguers play at NYSEG Stadium. But now that the 2013 Mets roster is finalized, local fans will see 13 former B-Mets playing at Citi Field.
While some of the players that at one time called Binghamton home have been in Flushing for some time, others it may come as a surprise to see them making the cut.
David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, and Jon Niese are all projected to be in the starting lineup Monday against the Padres. Kirk Nieuwenhies and Jordany Valdespin will come off the bench for the Amazin's after seeing time in the bigs last year.
On the pitching staff, Matt Harvey returns to the rotation after debuting last season. Also returning to the rotation will be Dillon Gee who went 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in 4 games with the 2008 B-Mets.
Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, and Jeurys Familia will all see time out of the bullpen.
Meanwhile, across town, the Yankees finalized their Opening Day roster in what will be Hall of Fame bound closer Mariano Rivera's final season.
Notably absent from the projected lineup are Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Phil Hughes, and Michael Pineda. All of them will begin the season on the disabled list.
CC Sabathia will start on the mound for the Yankees at home against the Red Sox on Monday at 1:05
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