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Cespedes slugs his first 2018 HR vs. Cards

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NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes cranked his first home run of the season in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field, maintaining the pace he set during a power-packed spring.

Cespedes redirected a Michael Wacha curveball below the strike zone over the left-field fence, depositing it a projected 392 feet away, according to Statcast™. It was his first regular-season home run since last Aug. 24, just before the Mets shut him down with a right hamstring strain. Cespedes, who hit a career-high 35 home runs in 2015 and 31 the following year, mustered just 17 last year as he battled multiple hamstring injuries.

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NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes cranked his first home run of the season in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field, maintaining the pace he set during a power-packed spring.

Cespedes redirected a Michael Wacha curveball below the strike zone over the left-field fence, depositing it a projected 392 feet away, according to Statcast™. It was his first regular-season home run since last Aug. 24, just before the Mets shut him down with a right hamstring strain. Cespedes, who hit a career-high 35 home runs in 2015 and 31 the following year, mustered just 17 last year as he battled multiple hamstring injuries.

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But Cespedes returned this spring to hammer six Grapefruit League home runs, then hit his first regular-season homer in the Mets' second game.

The Mets, who scored nine runs on Opening Day without the benefit of a homer, received their first long ball of the season one inning earlier, courtesy of Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes' shot gave them a 4-1 lead.

Video: STL@NYM: d'Arnaud belts a solo homer in the 4th

"I just got a good pitch to hit in a 3-2 count," d'Arnaud said. "I made sure I kept my eye on it, and fortunately got a positive result."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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