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Matt Harvey named Opening Day starter for New York Mets

By The Sports Xchange
Matt Harvey named Opening Day starter for New York Mets
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on October 21, 2015. The Mets defeated the Cubs 8-3 to win the NLCS 4-0. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

New York Mets manager Terry Collins on Thursday named right-hander Matt Harvey the team's Opening Day starter against the Kansas City Royals.

The Mets and the Royals kick off the season on April 3 at Kauffman Stadium on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, in a rematch of last year's World Series.

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"It's a huge honor," Harvey told reporters. "Looking around the locker room, looking at this corner, obviously Terry could have announced anybody. So for me getting the nod, it's a huge honor."

Harvey and right-hander Jacob deGrom were being considered, but deGrom's status for the season-opening series is in question because his wife is expecting a baby.

Harvey, 26, bounced back last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts over 189 1/3 innings.

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