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Jeremy Hellickson

Nieuwenhuis hits 3 HR, Mets win 5-3, sweep DBacks

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has learned not to take anything for granted, especially after the rollercoaster ride this season has been. After being reacquired by the New York Mets on June 13, Nieuwenhuis was finally able to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark. Nieuwenhuis homered three times, to help the suddenly red-hot Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep to close out the first half. "It does put it into perspective," he said regarding his journey. "There's more to life than baseball and sometimes that's really hard to feel and to realize as players. Just happy to be back with these guys and go to battle with them." ...