Los Angeles (AFP) – Yoenis Cespedes took advantage of a new designated hitter rule to blast his first home run in his long-awaited return and lift the New York Mets to a 1-0 opening day win over the Atlanta Braves.
Cespedes’ solo shot in the seventh inning off reliever Chris Martin on Friday was his first homer since his last game in the majors on July 20, 2018.
“Being able to hit a home run after being out for two years, it proved to me that I can still be the same player that I used to be,” he said.
Friday’s Mets opener kicked off the first full slate of games in the much-anticipated return to baseball after months of uncertainty during the coronavirus shutdown that at times threatened to scuttle the entire season.
The MLB season kicked off Thursday with the New York Yankees rain-shortened 4-1 win over the