Kirk Gets First Shot at Being Leading Man

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Kirk Gets First Shot at Being Leading Man
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Kirk Nieuwenhuis will get the first crack at being the Mets’ leadoff hitter, Terry Collins said. Nieuwenhuis will be atop the order when the Mets open Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Washington Nationals at 12:10 p.m. He started in the leadoff spot 29 times last season and hit .264 with a .303 on-base percentage in that role.

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