Mets (almost) ready for opening day

New York Mets Manager Willie Randoph says we’ll know the identity of the team’s fifth starter on Sunday.

Randolph, speaking to ESPN from the dugout during the annual Civil Rights game in Memphis on Saturday, said team officials will hunker down and make the decision Sunday.

“We’re going to go down to the wire,” the Mets’ skipper said.

The Mets had their final spring tuneup Saturday, and it was pretty smooth sailing for most of the pitching staff.

John Maine started with four scoreless innings, striking out five while allowing four hits. Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Billy Wagner all did their jobs with their innings.

Scott Schoeneweis struggled, walking three and yielding a hit and two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning of work. Technically, he should have given up a three-run home run on a play scored E-9, as a deep fly ball by Carlos Quentin, which hit Ryan Church’s glove and landed over the fence, but the ball hit a Sox fan’s hand and bounced back into the field of play.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen argued, but the umps didn’t change the call (replay anyone?)

Our first chance to change the Nono count comes Monday. Personally, I’d rather retire it quickly, but it might be nice to have the historic event happen at Shea.

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