Ruben Tejada's weekend a near-perfect '10'

April, 29, 2012
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Ruben Tejada became the first Met since Edgardo Alfonzo 12 years ago, also in Denver, to have 10 hits in a three-game series.

The performance came after producing only one hit in the Marlins series while playing opposite predecessor Jose Reyes, which had dropped Tejada’s average to .239.

After a 10-for-17 weekend, he’s now hitting .310. (Reyes, dropped to No. 2 in the Marlins' order, went 0-for-3 Sunday in a loss to the Diamondbacks and is hitting .205.)

“He had quite a series,” Terry Collins said. “He’s starting to do the things that they’ve been practicing, and that is not to worry about hitting for power, but spraying the ball around, using the middle of the field. Dave has been talking to him about last year, when he was most successful, he went to right-center field. And that’s what he did this series and got a lot of hits.”

Said Tejada: “I concentrated everything to the right. I’m taking a lot of pitches and making contact to right field now. I feel really good now. It was a great series for me, a great series for the team. We have to keep playing like that.”

Does Tejada ever remember having 10 hits in a series anywhere?

“No,” Tejada said. “I think it’s the first time for me.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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