Silver lining in Golden State stinker

Mets can't muster a run in San Francisco, but at least Carlos Beltran is back

Updated: July 16, 2010, 2:48 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Center fielder Carlos Beltran recited the customary prayer he says before hitting, then stepped into the batter's box in a major league game for the first time in 285 days. Six pitches later, Beltran had flied out to center field to end the top of the first inning Thursday at AT&T Park.

"Even though I didn't cry, it was emotional, my first at-bat," Beltran said later, after the New York Mets had opened the second half of the season with a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco ...

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