The following stories are planned for Saturday AMs:
NEW YORK — Pregame festivities for the New York Mets’ home opener against Philadelphia include raising the 2015 National League championship banner at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start for the Mets, but he might have bigger plans. His wife is due with their first child, and the All-Star pitcher plans to head for home in Florida whenever she goes into labor. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Journeyman forward Matt Cullen exemplifies the Pittsburgh Penguins’ success over the past several months. Cullen, who scored twice in an overtime win against the Washington Capitals, has provided the kind of depth offense the Penguins needed with star center Evgeni Malkin injured. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 2 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — After a seven-year drought, Philadelphia is getting another chance to celebrate a championship season. The city is throwing a parade and hosting a rally Friday for the Wildcats of Villanova University. AP Photos PAMR108-0405161831, PAMR114-0405161841.
SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Philadelphia (Eickhoff 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 0-0), 1:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 1-0) at Cincinnati (Simon 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Orlando City at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.