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NEW YORK -- The stands were filled and the fences were much closer. Chris Young and the New York Mets certainly enjoyed the cozy confines across town. Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Jenrry Mejia provided a jolt after his reluctant move to the bullpen and the previously punchless Mets went deep four times to rally past the banged-up Yankees 9-7 Monday night in the Subway Series opener. The crowd of 46,517, chanting back and forth, included Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra -- who received a warm hand on his 89th birthday -- and a large throng of Mets fans in left field wearing orange shirts that read "Bronx Invasion." "It was like a big party out there in the outfield, and it keeps you in the game," said Young, who played centre and left. "I was saying that I was having the most fun that Ive had even before the home run." After going 4-0 last year for their first season sweep of the Yankees, the Mets picked up right where they left off last May. Curtis Granderson connected in his return to Yankee Stadium, and the Mets also got long balls from Eric Young Jr. and Travis dArnaud while overcoming a pair of three-run deficits. Lumbering first baseman Lucas Duda turned in two spectacular defensive plays, starting a game-ending double play with runners at the corners by making a diving stop of Brian McCanns sharp grounder. Taking full advantage of a hitter-friendly ballpark, rather than the vast dimensions back home at Citi Field, the Mets hit four home runs in a game for the first time since May 3, 2013, in Atlanta, according to STATS. They began the day ranked 29th in the majors with 22 homers. "Part of it is being here," Mets manager Terry Collins explained, referring to both the fences and the environment. "This atmosphere creates intensity and creates focus, and guys are excited about being here." Brett Gardner hit an early grand slam off ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, in Toronto. Carlos Beltran left in the seventh with a hyperextended right elbow and was scheduled to have an MRI. Beltran, the designated hitter, got hurt working in the indoor cage between at-bats. "Im concerned because it was enough to take himself out of the game," manager Joe Girardi said. Bumped into a struggling bullpen before the game, Mejia (4-0) entered in the seventh for his first relief appearance since September 2012. He struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches and worked a scoreless eighth. Mejia sure seemed to relish the role -- even though he made it clear he wanted to stay in the rotation because he was concerned about injuring his surgically repaired arm again. The right-hander excitedly pumped his fist after a double play and then backed his way off the mound following a called third strike that ended the eighth. "It feels pretty good. Ive got to enjoy it," a smiling Mejia said. "If they need me in the bullpen Ive got to be there because I never play for myself." Kyle Farnsworth pitched a shaky ninth for his third save -- aided by Mark Teixeiras nagging groin injury. Teixeira laced a pinch-hit single to right that went to the wall and sent Jeter to third base. A gimpy Teixeira had to stop at first, though, and was pulled for a pinch-runner. That kept the double play in order and Duda turned a rare 3-5-3 gem with third baseman David Wright, who was shifted near shortstop against McCann. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, enjoying his third day in the majors, got the Mets started in the eighth by hustling for a double after his sharp grounder caromed off third baseman Yangervis Solarte and into left field. Duda blooped a single to centre off Matt Thornton (0-1), and Campbell barely beat Jacoby Ellsburys accurate throw with a nifty slide at the plate. Chris Young greeted Preston Claiborne with a two-run shot to left, giving the Mets a 9-7 lead. "We really struggled today," Girardi said. "We didnt make pitches." The Yankees snapped a 4-all tie with three runs in the sixth off Colon, who gave up 11 hits for the second time this season. Young Jr. trimmed it to 7-6 with a two-run homer off Alfredo Aceves, who relieved starter Hiroki Kuroda in the seventh. In the first inning, Granderson turned and greeted fans in right field. The slugger signed a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets in December after spending four seasons with the Yankees. He caused a bit of a stir in the off-season by saying, "A lot of the people Ive met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans." "The Mets fans came out in droves," Granderson said. NOTES: Mets President Saul Katz denied a report by The New York Times that he has expressed an interest in selling his share of the team. "I have no intention of selling my share of the Mets nor have I ever had any intention of selling my share," Katz said in a statement released by the club. ... The Mets plan to promote touted pitching prospect Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday night at home against the Yankees in place of Mejia. It will be Monteros major league debut. ... Sorianos second-inning single made him the seventh player to get 1,000 hits in the American League and National League. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys .com) - Eric Fehrs goal 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Columbus, halting the Blue Jackets seven-game win streak. Cheap Lightning Jerseys China .Corey Brewer had 19 points eight rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak and won for just the third time since Ricky Rubio went out with an injured ankle on Nov. http://www.cheaplightningjerseys.com/. No, the San Antonio star didnt announce retirement plans during an off day at the NBA Finals on Wednesday. Cheap Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys . Both sides came closest to scoring in the first half, when Roma had a goal from Mattia Destro waved off for offside and Inters Rodrigo Palacio headed high. "A draw was a fair result. Neither squad had many chances," Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic said. Wholesale Lightning Jerseys . -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a broken bone below his right eye after being struck by a bad-hop grounder, sidelining the star slugger for at least a week with opening day on deck.BROSSARD, Que. -- Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the teams pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are left-hand shots. "They give you energy," said Plekanec. "Sometimes its hard to keep up with them. "Theyre flying everywhere and youve got to catch up to the tempo." Plekanec was a candidate to take over as captain when Brian Gionta left for Buffalo as a free agent in the summer, but management opted not to give one player the C. Instead, Plekanec and defenceman Andrei Markov were named alternate captains, while P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty will share the third A. In training camp, it seems that part of the deal is for Plekanec to be a mentor to young players. The 22-year-old Sekac, who signed as a free agent, and 19-year-old de la Rose, a 2013 draft pick, were put in a ideal spot for their first NHL pre-season action by playing with Montreals best two-way centre and leading faceoff-taker. "As big as they are, they skate really well," Plekanec said of six-foot-two Sekac and six-foot-three de la Rose. "Theyre fast and theyve got all the skill in the world." The youngsters could not ask for a better role model. Plekanec got to the NHL the hard way, spending three seasons with AHL Hamilton before joining the Canadiens for good for the 2005-06 season. There is a chance that one or the other, probably Sekac because hes older, will start the season in Montreal to fill a spot on right wing that opened with the departures of Gionta and Thomas Vanek. The other will head to Hamilton. Montreal also acquired right-winger P.A. Parenteau, who so far has played on the right side of thhe first line with David Desharnais and Pacioretty.dddddddddddd Plekanec said hell help the youngsters any way he can. "I went through a lot of ups and downs," he said. "When I was as young as they are in camp and things didnt go so well for me, I got down on myself. "With them, its the same. Sometimes theyll get down for a couple of days when things dont work out, and the other way around, they feel good about themselves and get a little too high and think they know everything. If I see something or if they need to ask me something, Im there to help and try to put them on the right track." Sekac sifted through at least a dozen offers from NHL teams after impressing scouts while playing for Lev Prague in the KHL. He opted for Montreal because it gave him a chance to play in the NHL right away. He signed a two-year entry level contract on July 1. It may help that he comes from the same hometown, Kladno, as Plekanec. They have played roller hockey together in the summer, although they didnt get to know each other until Sekac signed with Montreal. "We want to give him an opportunity to feel comfortable as quick as he can and putting him with Plekanec, we think, is the best thing for him," coach Michel Therrien said this week. At first, they had Sven Andrighetto as their right-winger, but Therrien opted to move de la Rose to left wing against Boston. "I really dont care what side Im on," said de la Rose. "The only thing I can control is to play the best I can, and thats the only thing Im thinking about." Plekanec spent time after the skate giving youngster Charles Hudon tips on faceoffs. He is the one Therrien sends out for important draws, even if his win percentage was only 48 per cent last season. "Its little pointers on how to talk to refs and (what to do on) certain faceoffs," he said. "Hes a good faceoff guy, but he came and asked, so you try to help him out as much as you can." ' ' '

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