Cutnpaste: – Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, Ronnie Paulino, Fire Sale, Chris Carter


Jason Bay angled back toward the wall on Juan Carlos Linares’ home run in the third inning and bumped into the fence, albeit not nearly as hard as his crash into the Dodger Stadium wall last July that wound up ending his 2010 season with a concussion. “I ran into it, if you want to get technical, and I didn’t even think about it, which is a good thing,” Bay said after Sunday’s 6-5 win over Boston. “I guess we can check that off the list.”


It hardly means that he’s going to revert to form, but Carlos Beltran singled on a liner to right in his first spring training at-bat on Sunday and then scored from second on Daniel Murphy’s base hit to right. Beltran hadn’t played this spring while still getting his right knee back into shape and got his first start as the Mets DH against the Red Sox. “I feel good,” Beltran said before the game at Digital Domain Park. “I’m ready.”


Ronnie Paulino:
Ronny Paulino may finally arrive in Mets camp in four or five days. GM Sandy Alderson spoke to Paulino as well as the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic on Friday and came away thinking the visa issue related to the catcher’s MLB performance-enhancing-drug suspension should be resolved shortly.


Fire Sale:
Nevertheless, the Wilpons are fighting ardently to retain the team, and it would not be unique for an ownership in financial hell to make its costliest players available. For the Mets, that would mean not only the free-agents-to-be, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, but also Jason Bay, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana and, yes, even seeing what would be available for organizational icon David Wright


This was the sound coming from the outdoor batting cage at 7:30 in the morning. Whack. Whack. Whack. It was the same sound that could be heard last spring at the same hour in Port St. Lucie and could mean only one thing: Chris Carter, better known as the Animal, was in town. No one enjoys being a baseball player more than Carter. Though he thought he was coming to a team that did not have a veteran DH in Manny Ramirez or a veteran outfielder in Johnny Damon, they were not signed yet — after first thinking he was coming back to the Mets — Carter still is making the best of his new situation with the Rays.



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