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03/30/09 8:00 AM ET

Seaver, Piazza to return for opener

Mets icons expected to participate in first pitch at Citi Field

Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza, who teamed up to close Shea Stadium with a "final pitch," are expected to be together again for the Mets' home opener, this time for the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field's first regular season game.

The New York Daily News reported on the Mets' plan on its web site Sunday night. The Mets' home opener is scheduled to be played on April 13 against the Padres.

Seaver bounced a pitch to Piazza during the postgame ceremonies following the final game at Shea on Sept. 28. The two then walked the distance to center field and exited Shea in a symbolic closing of the Mets' home for 45 seasons.

Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.