Matt Harvey lights up radar gun, Braves in first start since July surgery


The rarity of Matt Harvey’s surgery nearly nine months prior, combined with his ugly spring training results, made the Mets and their fans nervous they may never see him regain hisAll-Star form.But Thursday, the Dark Knight returned to his dominant self.Harvey threw more than two-thirds of his 77 pitches for strikes and reached 95 mph on the radar gun. The right-hander, who still owns a career ERA below 3.00, allowed two runs on three hits in a solid 6 2/3 innings of work in his first start since undergoing surgery in July to addre s thoracic outlet syndrome. He walked none and recorded four strikeouts in the 6-2 win.”It’s been a long time since I’ve gone into the seventh inning,” Harvey said, via “I think the struggles in spring training (0-4, 5.89 ERA) definitely were there, obviously, in the back of my mind. The biggest thing for me was … really trying to pound the zone and go as deep as I can into the game.”Matt Kemp provided the runs for the Braves, blasting two solo home runs off Harvey to continue his hot start to the season. Kemphas six hits on the season, all for extra bases(four doubles, twohomers).Studs of the nightSpeaking of homering twice, Dodgers sluggerYasiel Puig hit a pair of two-run homers, walked twice and stole a base as the Dodgers rolledthe Padres 10-2. The Phillies’Daniel Nava also hit two bombs a solo and two-run shot in a lo s to theReds.Duds of the nightDespite facing James Shields and his deteriorating mechanics, the Tigers managed just one run despite registering five walks off the White Sox starter. Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez combined to go 0 for 7 in the 11-2 lo s.HighlightKendrys Morales’ first home run with his new team, the Blue Jays, was a grand slam. The slugger blasted a no-doubter off Rays southpaw Blake Snell for his four career grand slam. The homer gave Jays ace Marcus Stroman all the run support he needed in the 5-2 win.’@MLB Scorele s ballgame?Let’s get the party started. #PapaSlam Miguel Campos (@Phillysports25) April 7, 2017What’s nextNationals (2-1) at Phillies (1-2), 3:05 p.m. ET Coming off an extra- inning lo s to the Marlins Thursday, the Nationals head north to Philadelphia as Max Scherzer makes his season debut. The ace was sidelined this winter with a finger injury but is healed and ready to defend his NL Cy Young Award. Vince Velasquez will take the mound for the Phillies in their home opener.

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