First to home and no pulled muscles. That’s a good day for the Mets. Yoenis Cespedes’ return to the diamond was a success Sunday as he played in his first game since Aug. 25. In the first inning of the Mets’ 10-3 exhibition win over the Marlins at First Data Field, Cespedes scored from first on Todd Frazier’s double. Cespedes lined a monster three-run home run over the left-field wall in the second inning. It was classic Cespedes, a golf shot for the slugger who has put his beloved golf game on hold. Score one for yoga. This is the start of the road back for the man named Yo. Interestingly, Cespedes was batting second and that could be his home. Once Michael Conforto (shoulder) returns he could bat leadoff, Cespedes could hit second and Jay Bruce third. Cespedes owns 2,575 at bats in the power spots, three and four, and just 173 at-bats in the two-hole. “It’s a presence, you make a mistake you are going to pay,’’ Mickey Callaway said of Cespedes. “Having a guy like that in your lineup changes the feeling, especially when you are the opposing pitching coach and pitchers.’’ Callaway said he has been “thinking hard’’ about where to bat Cespedes.
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