Mets top San Diego Padres 11-2 on opening day at Citi Field

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Jonathon Niese

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the second inning against the San Diego Padres on opening day at Citi Field on April 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) (April 1, 2013 5:56 PM)

The New York Mets soared to an 11-2 win against the San Diego Padres for their season opener at Citi Field today.

Jonathon Niese stepped nicely into his new role as No. 1 starter for the Mets, and Collin Cowgill capped a successful New York debut with a grand slam.

Niese enjoyed a big afternoon with both his arm and the bat after being handed the opening day assignment in place of an...

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