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Jon Niese returned from the disabled and lasted 5 ²/₃ innings in his season debut Sunday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts against the Reds.

"Nothing can duplicate pitching on a big-league mound," Niese said after the game. "It's a great feeling. It's great to be back."

"Niese pitched sharply and with urgency, as if he wanted to last as long as he could," writes reporter Tim Rohan >> Read more in the New York Times.

"Niese survived the day, physically and competitively, rather nicely," according to reporter John Jeanesonne >> Read more in Newsday.

Reporter Jared Diamond said Niese finally looked like the solid left-hander who two Aprils ago signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract >> Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

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