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Growing pains for Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Kirk Nieuwenhuis of the New York Mets hits

Kirk Nieuwenhuis of the New York Mets hits a home run in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants. (April 20, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Terry Collins said he didn't have a chat with rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis Sunday, the day after his failed attempt at a game-ending catch almost cost the Mets a win.

"I didn't because he's a young guy," Collins said. "To be honest, he was in the right spot. He had a long way to go. And that time of day is really tough, as we've seen before."

Extra bases

Tickets marked Monday, April 23 (Game 10) will be valid for both games of today's doubleheader. Tickets from yesterday's rainout can be exchanged Monday at Citi Field ticket windows. The Tom Seaver bobblehead giveaway has been rescheduled for May 5 . . . Collins said he's confident Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, whom he considers a good friend, "will right the ship. There's no doubt in my mind."

Tags: Mets , Kirk Nieuwenhuis , Terry Collins

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