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As Mets turn corner, Kirk Nieuwenhuis packs bags for Anaheim

As Mets turn corner, Kirk Nieuwenhuis packs bags for Anaheim

The New York Mets drafted Kirk Nieuwenhuis in 2008. He spent his entire career with the Mets -- until Wednesday, that is, when they sold the outfielder to the Angels. This could be the Mets' year. They might post a winning record for the first time since 2008, and they might qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006. "They've got some good pitching," Nieuwenhuis said Thursday. "I think they'll be fine." If the playoffs opened Thursday, the Mets would be in the wild-card game. They entered play trailing the Washington Nationals by 1 1/2 games in the National League East, and Nieuwenhuis would not be so bold as to predict his old mates...

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