Mike Nickeas started a second straight game behind the plate Saturday, catching R.A. Dickey for the first time this season. Nickeas accrued some experience catching the knuckleballer last season and throughout Spring Training, leading Collins to start him over backup Rob Johnson.
Shortstop Ronny Cedeno impressed Collins in his first game back from the disabled list Friday, particularly with his eight-pitch walk in the eighth inning. A notorious free swinger in years past, Cedeno is drawing walks this season at a rate four times greater than his career average. "We talked about it with him in Spring Training, because it's something that his game has never been," Collins said. "And he's bought into it."