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Saturday, May 17, 2014
It could not have been pleasant for Juan Lagares to spend most of this week confined to the bench, helpless to stop the Mets from spiraling further into a losing muck. Manager Terry Collins kept insisting that Lagares was his starting center fielder, but Lagares didn’t play. A relatively minor two-week slump had effectively stripped him of his job.
On Saturday, Lagares set a rather explosive plan in motion to win it back. Homering, driving in three runs and robbing a home run on defense, Lagares carried Bartolo Colon and the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Nationals.
“I know I can play,” Lagares said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m here for.”
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