Jacob deGrom maintained his focus on the mound with a baby on the way, and the New York Mets got big hits from Neil Walker and Michael Conforto to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 in their home opener Friday.
After the 2015 National League championship flag was raised above the right-field stands at Citi Field, deGrom (1-0) pitched six sharp innings in his season debut and even knocked in the first run with a groundout. The All-Star right-hander was removed as a precaution with tightness in his right lat, the Mets announced.
Right up until morning it was uncertain if deGrom would make the start because his wife is due with their first child (a boy). He said all along he planned to head for home in Florida whenever she went into labor.
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)