Figueroa gets Mets off to good start

Nelson Figueroa threw a pair of scoreless innings and Bobby Livingston got the win with 2 2/3 of no-hit ball Tuesday as the New York Mets topped the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the team’s first Spring Training contest in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Figueroa’s good outing follows Jon Niese strong start in an intrasquad game on Monday, as the Mets seek to round out the team’s 2010 starting rotation with someone that could accomplish the impossible – throw the team’s first ever no hitter.

But don’t get too excited if it happens in Grapefruit League action, because it wouldn’t be the first time.

On March 21, 1965, Gary Kroll and Gordy Richardson combined for a nine-inning no-hitter during a 6-0 spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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