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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Video: Pagan a leading man again

By Adam Rubin

Angel Pagan homered to start the eighth-inning comeback Tuesday, pulling the Mets within a run in an eventual 5-4 victory. He went deep for the second straight night -- marking the second time in his career he has gone deep in back-to-back games.

The homer binge coincides with Pagan returning to the leadoff spot, a spot where Pagan has not preferred to bat in the past.

Terry Collins met with Pagan before the series and told the center fielder he needed him to bat leadoff in Jose Reyes' absence because he was the team's best option. Collins said Pagan was more receptive this time than the last DL stint for Reyes because Pagan is now feeling more comfortable at the plate. Pagan nonetheless entered Tuesday hitting .167 (16-for-96) in 23 starts in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in the lineup this season.

In the video, Pagan also discusses Ruben Tejada's bases-loaded walk on a full-count offering that put the Mets ahead later in the eighth.

"It's more hard when it's close, but the last pitch was really, really bad," Tejada said.