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Jose Reyes singles, then pulled from game

New York Mets' Jose Reyes reacts after bunting

New York Mets' Jose Reyes reacts after bunting for a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds. Reyes, the NL batting leader, was lifted for a pinch-runner after his first at-bat in the Mets' final game of the season. (Sept. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Jose Reyes dropped down a bunt single in his first at-bat Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds and was then pulled from the game by Mets manager Terry Collins.

It is possible that Reyes tweaked a hamstring or something else, but that appears unlikely since he walked off the field like normal.

The hit raised Reyes’ NL-leading average to .337 on the final day of the season in what could wind up being his last at-bat with the Mets (Reyes is a free agent this offseason). The single keeps Reyes ahead of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (.335) for the batting title. Braun plays tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 8:10 EDT. If he goes 3-for-4, he will overtake Reyes and win the title. Braun will face lefty Jeff Locke (0-2, 4.97 ERA). The two have never faced each other.

If Reyes can maintain his lead over Braun, he will become the first Met to win a batting title. This is a time when decimal points matter. Reyes is technically hitting .33768, and Braun is hitting .33452.

Here’s a little nugget for those history buffs out there. On Sept. 28, 1941, Ted Williams was batting .400 on the final day of the season. He had the opportunity to sit out a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics, but decided to play and go 6-for-8 ending the season at .406.

Look for updates on the Mets, Jose Reyes and the season finale here.


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