Beltran brings hope and questions

Mets will need veteran outfielder to find his stroke quickly to remain contenders

Updated: July 14, 2010, 8:23 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran won't have a comfortable reintroduction to major league pitching. Instead, Beltran immediately will be challenged by one of the game's elite pitchers.

In his first major league game in 285 days, Beltran is due to be inserted in the cleanup spot in Thursday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants by manager Jerry Manuel.

The opposing hurler?

The Mets are scheduled to draw Giants right-hander ...

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