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Reyes’ stellar play doing the talking

Maybe Fred Wilpon is right. Maybe Jose Reyes shouldn’t get “Carl Crawford money.”

Perhaps he’s worth even more.

Reyes continued his virtuoso season Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two triples as the Mets topped the Phillies, 9-5, at Citi Field.

The Mets shortstop leads the National League in doubles, triples, stolen bases, hits and multi-hit games, including two triples in a game for the third time in 2011. The last player to have that many multi-triple games in a season? Yup, Crawford, who had four of them for Tampa Bay in 2004.

“Every time (Reyes) comes to the plate,” outfielder Carlos Beltran said, “we as a team feel he’s going to do something.”

Reyes’ 2009 season was cut short by a leg injury, and his 2010 season started late because he was diagnosed with a thyroid injury. He said he believes having a full spring training under his belt this year has made the difference.

The season he is having could turn into gold and a lot more coin once it’s over. Reyes is in the last year of his contract, which is why Wilpon said in the now-infamous New Yorker magazine story that Reyes wouldn’t get a contract like that of Crawford, who signed with Boston for $142 million over seven seasons.

DANKS BLASTS TORONTO’S BAUTISTA

Struggling White Sox starter John Danks had a verbal altercation in the fourth with Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

“I told him to run the bases,” Danks said after noticing Bautista, who leads the majors with 20 home runs, slammed his bat after hitting a popup with the Jays leading 9-1. “He was out there acting like a (expletive) clown.

“He’s a good player. No doubt, he’s one of the best hitters in the league. But he’s out there acting like he’s Babe Ruth. That’s horse(expletive), totally. I just told him to run the base and quit acting like a clown.”

Bautista told reporters: “I’m not here to make him feel good.”

SHORT HOPS

Giants catcher Buster Posey is out for the season after having surgery to repair three torn ligaments in his ankle sustained in a collision at home plate last week. ... Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Sunday’s game against the Dodgers because of stiffness in his lower back. ... Baltimore center fielder and former Mariner Adam Jones left Sunday’s game against Oakland because of a sore right shoulder. ...Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was activated from the 15-day disabled list and placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the DL because of back spasms. … The Twins will activate left-hander Jose Mijares from the DL and he will be available to pitch in their day game against Detroit.Mijares has been on the DL since May 15 with a strained left elbow. … One day after tweeting he was “wasting space” in the Reds bullpen, right-hander Sam LeCure has been placed on the DL with a strained right forearm. … The White Sox placed right-hander Tony Pena on the 15-day DL with elbow tendinitis. … The Atlanta Braves recalled right-hander Cory Gearrin from Triple-A.

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