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Bay has season-high three hits

Yankees-Red Sox. Yankees-Mets.

New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay has been a part of both as an opposing player at Yankee Stadium.

Jason Bay

Jason Bay

#44 LF
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM23
  • HR2

  • RBI7

  • R12

  • OBP.330

  • AVG.238

The only difference between the two rivalries he says, is “When you come in with the Red Sox, everyone hates you. When you come in with the Mets, only most of the people hate you.”

If Bay can build on his hitting performance in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon, he’ll certainly be hearing more boos from the Stadium crowd this weekend.

The 32-year-old finished with a season-high three hits -- including a double -- raising his batting average from .213 to .238. It was his most hits in a single game since he also had three on July 18, 2010 against the San Francisco Giants.

“I’ve felt comfortable the last week or so,” said Bay, who had been four for his last 33 (.121) at the plate coming in. “You know nobody wants to be that guy who says he hit balls hard and they get caught. You know, I’ve hit a couple. It hasn’t been every single one, but I think today, those balls I hit found holes, and you get a little momentum.”

Bay certainly needed it.

Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that he had been considering moving Bay to the No. 2 hole in the batting order so he’d see more fastballs with shortstop Jose Reyes in front of him and right fielder Carlos Beltran protecting him.

But for now, at least, Bay will stay in the cleanup spot.

“I have not talked to Jason Bay about hitting second,” Collins said. “There was some conversation about how we’re gonna get this guy going. And if Jose gets on he gets more fastballs ... but Jason Bay came here to be a run producer, and today hopefully builds up his confidence and starts getting him to swing the bat.”