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July 17, 2013

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After the 2011 season, Beltran signed a $26 million, two-year deal with the Cardinals and has made the All-Star team each of the past two years. He was in the starting lineup Tuesday night, batting second and playing right field.

"I just needed to put myself back into being healthy. I knew that I could play this game better than people expected," he said.

An eight-time All-Star, Beltran can become a free agent again after this season. And guess who is in desperate need of a proven outfielder with power? That's right, the Mets.

"I don't think that's going to happen. I don't think the Mets are going to go for it, but honestly, I would consider anything," Beltran said. "I just need to find out what the interest is in the market."

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CANO, CANO: Miguel Cabrera flung his bat into the stands when he swung and missed at a pitch from Patrick Corbin in the fourth inning. The flying bat nearly hit a child wearing, yup, a Robinson Cano Yankees jersey.

The real Cano had less luck than the boy. He was hit on the right leg by a pitch from Matt Harvey in the first inning and had to come out of the game.

"It's a little tight, I came out of the game because I didn't want to aggravate it," he said. "Nothing bad. They told me it's a bruise, and ice the next few days."

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TORII TIME: Torii Hunter was an All-Star rookie in 2002 when he robbed Barry Bonds of a home run and got a big bear hug from the slugger on the field. Now he's a veteran voice in a clubhouse with a record number of newcomers.

The always-loquacious, ever-smiling 37-year-old Detroit Tigers outfielder is enjoying his role as a five-time All-Star selection.

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