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Quote: "I'd seen it on TV and when I played against them. It was an awesome feeling. It's something I've always wanted to do." -- Derek Bell, on taking a curtain call after hitting the game-winning home run for his new team, the Mets

It's a fact: The Rockies' Opening Day roster included only six returning players from 1999's opener: Pedro Astacio, Brian Bohanon, Todd Helton, Mike Lansing, Nefti Perez and Larry Walker.

Who's hot: In 7 2/3 innings, the Braves' Greg Maddux threw 53 strikes and 19 balls (plus two intentional walks).

Who's not: The Expos made four errors.

On deck: The Pirates begin their final season in Three Rivers Stadium tonight, after the first Opening Day rainout in Pittsburgh since 1982.

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