Bay to hit cleanup against lefties

Bay to hit cleanup against lefties

ARLINGTON -- Jason Bay has not exactly become a fixture in the middle of New York's lineup, but he will hit there on a more regular basis against left-handed pitchers.

Bay manned the cleanup spot Friday evening against left-handed Rangers starter Matt Harrison, and Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that he will hit fourth against most lefties going forward. Though he entered Friday's play batting just .230 on the season, Bay boasted an .801 OPS against left-handed pitchers, 246 points higher than his mark against righties.

"He's still a dangerous guy," Collins said. "He's still a threat. And they know it. I mean, everybody knows it. So you've got to pitch him carefully."