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Sunday, July 3, 2011
Beltran speaks to Tejada after not running

By Matt Ehalt

Before Sunday’s game, Mets manager Terry Collins said he’s going to need to rely on his veteran leaders to help the team through a time without its best player, Jose Reyes. His veteran players are listening to the message.

After shortstop Ruben Tejada, filling in for Reyes, failed to run out a pop-up to Yankees catcher Russell Martin in the fifth inning, Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran took time to talk to the youngster about his lack of hustle.

“Anything close you have to run to first base. It’s not a big deal,” Beltran said. “Sometimes things like that happen where you get caught up or don’t know where the ball is or don’t know how to react. At the same time my job is to let him know that’s not good.”

Beltran said Tejada told him that he thought it would be foul and lost it behind him.