Mets' Bay on bench with game on line

'It's been a constant battle since Day 1,' slumping slugger says after being pulled

Updated: May 5, 2010, 9:01 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

CINCINNATI -- Jason Bay spent the final three innings of Wednesday's matinee relegated to being a $66 million spectator, while wearing what he labeled his "cheerleading cap."

Before Mets manager Jerry Manuel pulled the left fielder in the seventh inning, Bay acknowledged, he had not been contributing much with his bat anyway.

Bay went 0-for-4, stranded six runners in his final three at-bats and his average slipped to .238 as the Mets lost the rubber game of their series, ...

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