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Francoeur, Beltran help Mets in smaller roles

The Mets' Jeff Francoeur (12) celebrates with Fernando

The Mets' Jeff Francoeur (12) celebrates with Fernando Martinez after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes during the seventh inning against Colorado. (Aug. 10, 2010) Credit: AP

Outfielders Jeff Francoeur and Carlos Beltran contributed to last night's 1-0 Mets victory against Colorado in roles that are more limited than they are used to.

Beltran, whom Jerry Manuel decided to give an extra day off even though the Mets did not play Monday, was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter ahead of Jose Reyes' tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Francoeur, who did not start against righthander Ubaldo Jimenez, scored the run after entering the game as a pinch runner for Chris Carter.

Francoeur stayed in the game for defense. Beltran did not. Both are expected to start Wednesday when the Mets face lefthander Jeff Francis.

After the game, Francoeur denied an Internet report that his agents had asked the Mets for a trade. That's probably semantics, though, as the Mets are well aware of Francoeur's desire to play every day either here or elsewhere.

"I'm pretty sure they probably didn't request a trade like was said," he said. "But I'm not going to sit here and talk about that stuff anymore because there's really nothing left to talk about. I'm here and I'm going to play when I'm put in the lineup and that's pretty much all there is. If you want to talk about [the game], I'll talk about it, but that stuff I'm sick and tired. I've talked about it for four weeks now. I'm here and that's my job."

Beltran's job is supposed to be everyday centerfielder, but Manuel gave him last night off after he looked haggard at the plate and in the field Sunday in Philadelphia. Manuel called Beltran into his office before last night's game to discuss the matter.

"Basically, just seeing where he was mentally, emotionally," Manuel said. "Letting him know that I want to try to keep him as fresh as possible. When we get together, we talk about a number of things. Sometimes baseball-related, sometimes not."

Said Beltran: "I really appreciated that conversation. It was a good conversation. It was nothing . . . just to tell me he was going to give me a day off once in a while to keep me fresh . . . At the same time, he said to me he's going to go by how I feel, also. It's not written in paper that he's going to give me a day off once in a while."

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