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Friday, May 27, 2011
Pagan goes 2-for-4 in return from DL

By Mike Mazzeo

New York Mets center fielder Angel Pagan said the game was moving “100 miles per hour” on Friday night.

Of course, that’s a good thing, he noted. After all, Pagan hadn’t been with the Mets in over a month.

In his first game since April 21 -- the day before he went on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his rib cage -- Pagan went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Friday night in the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

“I was just trying to keep things simple, try to be short on the swing and go up through the middle,” Pagan said. “Everything went well. I’m happy with the way I played, but we didn’t win.”

Pagan said he’d been trying “to do too much” after signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Mets following a career-year in 2010 when he batted .290 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs in 151 games. Prior to going on the DL, Pagan was batting just .159.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself because of the year I had last year, and you cannot try to have a better year. You gotta let your talent dictate how you're gonna be,” Pagan said. “I really trust in the work I did in Puerto Rico and Port St. Lucie while I was out, and I just gotta let my talent go and I’ll be fine.”