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The Astros and Rangers got the regular season yesterday, but Opening Day festivities continue today, with a string of aces taking the hill.

The Sunday Takeaway
If you are planning a baseball trivia night or expect to attend one later this year, last night’s 2013 opener supplied plenty of nuggets and answers to study. It was the Astros’ first game as an American League West club—and that was only the beginning.

Fittingly, the Rangers’ designated hitter, the first designated hitter employed against the Astros in their history as a junior-circuit club, was longtime Houston fan favorite Lance Berkman, who went 2-for-4. Unfortunately for Ron Washington’s club, Berkman and Nelson Cruz, who went 2-for-3, accounted for nearly all of its offense, as the other seven starters combined to go 2-for-25.

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

"It's going to be pretty special. Opening Day is already just so cool, but to be introduced as the captain, that's pretty special. It's something I didn't really think about until a couple of days [ago] and then started thinking about it, it's going to be pretty special and obviously a memorable Opening Day for me."
—Mets third baseman David Wright talking about why this Opening Day will be special. (Matt Ehalt, ESPNNewYork.com)

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If Johan Santana is able to recover from his upcoming surgery, he will be a trailblazer for major-league pitchers.

It’s the final year of Johan Santana’s six-year, $137.5 million deal, but it looks like his Mets tenure has already concluded. Dr. David Altchek is scheduled to perform shoulder surgery on Santana tomorrow, after the lefty reportedly re-tore his anterior capsule during a spring bullpen session.

This will be the second time the former Cy Young winner has undergone the procedure. Santana first underwent the surgery back in 2010 and subsequently missed the entire 2011 season. When he returned, the southpaw was a shadow of his former self, posting a FRA+ of 102—better than average, but his worst numbers in over 10 years.

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