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Beltran returns to Mets' lineup

Updated: May 30, 2009, 12:48 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- The injury-riddled New York Mets got a big boost Friday night when All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Florida Marlins.

Beltran missed two games against the Washington Nationals because of a bone bruise below his right knee and rested for three days total with New York off on Thursday. He had an MRI on Tuesday, which also revealed an inflamed tibia, and a cortisone shot.

"I feel better," Beltran ...

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