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We may have seen the last of Beltran

Lukewarm response to final at-bat unfitting send-off for All-Star outfielder ... if he goes

Updated: July 22, 2011, 6:13 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- When Carlos Beltran strode to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday afternoon, a sizable chunk of the crowd of 37,416 had already vacated Citi Field, or were in the process of doing so.

Yes, the temperature was 90-plus, and the home team trailed by four runs. But this was the Mets' final home game before the July 31 Major League Baseball trade deadline -- meaning it was likely Beltran's final game here as a member of the Mets.

Of those who remained, ...

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