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Mets | Kirk Nieuwenhuis a leadoff candidate

New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis will hit leadoff in the team's spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23, and there is a good chance that manager Terry Collins will pick him as the leadoff hitter for the season opener in April. "I think it sends a huge message to him," Collins said. "It's the first game. And when we were playing really, really well (last year), that guy was in center field. He deserves the right to get the first shot." Nieuwenhuis figures to be involved in a platoon with OF Collin Cowgill in center field, and the team isn't sold with SS Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot. OF Mike Baxter and 2B Daniel Murphy could also wind up hitting leadoff. Hitting leadoff for Collins, though, doesn't mean the player will have the green light to run whenever they want.

2013-02-20 13:40:21 | Source: MLB.com - Anthony DiComo

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