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'Premature' to call Mets' 2nd base race

Collins praises Hernandez's glove but leaves door open for Emaus, Murphy and Castillo

Updated: March 16, 2011, 7:29 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- And the winner of the New York Mets' second-base job is ... to be determined.

In the wake of a published report indicating manager Terry Collins wanted Luis Hernandez as his second baseman, Collins called it "a little premature" but certainly sounded like he was prioritizing Hernandez's primary asset -- defense -- during a pregame chat with reporters. That appeared to be a departure from previous conversations, in which Collins said second base had become an offensive ...

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