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Murphy gets second chance at third

Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets congratulates

Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets congratulates teammate Willie Harris after scoring against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game. (June 12, 2011) Credit: Getty

Daniel Murphy again got the starting nod at third, his first time at the position since committing the fielding blunder that led to the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Saturday. Despite that gaffe, Collins said he isn’t worried about Murphy playing the position.

“We know he can play third base — he’s shown us,” Collins said. “I’m sorry, but he’s not going to be the first or the last guy to ever misplay a ball.’’

The Mets still are awaiting a ruling from MLB on their appeal of Saturday’s scoring decision, which the team wants changed to an error to spare R.A. Dickey a pair of earned runs.

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