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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Bay's drought ends at 0-for-24

By Adam Rubin

Jason Bay’s drought ended at a career-high 0-for-24 when he blooped a fourth-inning single in front of Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Still, Bay was not exactly pronouncing himself out of the woods after going 1-for-4 in his return following a two-day absence.

He struck out twice, the latter time looking to strand two runners in scoring position. He did have a hard-hit lineout to center field in his final at-bat, so at least he mostly squared up that ball.

“You take the positives,” Bay said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. But, at the same time, you guys keep asking me the same questions. And by saying that I have good at-bats and hit the ball hard doesn’t exactly satisfy myself, or anybody else for that matter. I try to take the positives. I wish I had something new for you. I wish I had something different. But it’s the same thing every day right now. It’s frustrating.”

Said Collins, who placed Bay back in the lineup after a two-game absence: “I’m glad he’s back. The hit is obviously a step forward. His line drive was a good at-bat. He’ll press on.”