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Mets get off to a Niese start at Citi

New York clicks on all cylinders to start season of low expectations on high note

Updated: April 2, 2013, 12:21 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

There was no token appearance by sore-shouldered Johan Santana during the pregame intros just to hear the applause one last time, and nothing -- not even a leftover stirrup sock in the clubhouse -- to remind everyone that departed Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey lockered just a few stalls down from where Mets starter Jonathon Niese dressed Monday. But the absolute best news for Niese and the Mets was another pitcher from seasons past was a no-show, too: Niese didn't get a knee-knocking visit ...

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