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PRODUCTIVE PAGAN

Angel Pagan was an All Star and a fan favorite for the Cyclones during Brooklyn's inaugural 2001 campaign, and is now leading the 2008 Mets in several categories through the team's first eight games.

The speedy outfielder was as exciting a player as has ever worn the Cyclones uniform, hitting over .300, setting a club record with 30 stolen bases, and playing spectacular defense in KeySpan Park's spacious center field.

Pagan was re-acquired by the Mets this offseason, in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.  At first thought to be a fourth or fifth outfielder for the 2008 Amazin's, an injury to Moises Alou opened a door for Pagan to join the starting lineup as the team's left fielder, and he has made the most of his opportunity.

Through the Mets' first eight games, Pagan has scored eight runs and notched nine RBI, both best on the team.

In addition, he is batting .370, also best among everyday players, and his game-winning single -- his third hit of the game -- in the bottom of the 12th inning on Thursday scored Jose Reyes to give the Mets the 4-3 win over the rival Phillies.


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