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Niese brilliant -- just ask his catcher

Now healthy, 23-year-old lefty's performance vs. the Padres has tongues wagging

Updated: June 11, 2010, 2:22 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For one day at least, Jonathon Niese was a bigger star than Johan Santana.

It was a tale of two pitchers on Thursday for the Mets -- two left-handed starters, to be exact. In the opening game of a day-night doubleheader, 31-year-old ace Johan Santana had a disappointing outing, giving up four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, as the San Diego Padres beat the Mets, 4-2.

But in the nightcap, 23-year-old Jonathon Niese -- making just his 18th major-league ...

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