Matt Harvey to get the ball for Mets on opening day

FILE - In this Sunday, March 13, 2016, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey pitches during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. The Mets are giving the ball to Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champions on opening day. Manager Terry Collins announced the decision Thursday, March 17, 2016, for the April 3 game in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The New York Mets have named their opening day starter – Matt Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

Manager Terry Collins announced the decision Thursday for the April 3 game. He said, ''Matt's the guy, deservedly so.'' Harvey called it a ''huge honor.''

Harvey started Games 1 and 5 against the Royals in the World Series last year. The Mets lost both games in extra innings.

Harvey was the NL starter in the 2013 All-Star Game but missed all of 2014 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 2015.

Harvey will be the sixth different opening day starter in the past six years for the Mets. Bartolo Colon started last year.