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Mets' Syndergaard prepared to start opening day

New York Mets manager Terry Collins has not officially revealed his opening day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement.

The worst-kept secret around the Mets is that it will be Noah Syndergaard taking the mound in the top of the first inning at Citi Field when New York opens the season against the Atlanta Braves.

That doesn't mean the right-hander considers himself the staff ace.

"I really wouldn't say I'm the leader of the staff. I think we're all leaders in our own way and we're all pulling for one another," Syndergaard said at the club's spring training home on Sunday, the day before pitchers and catchers report. "It's like a...

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