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Juan Lagares is free to steal whenever he wants, but Terry Collins has also been giving him a "must-steal" sign in certain situations, as well (ESPN, Sept. 2).

As such, Lagares has five stolen bases in his last five games, including two Tuesday night against the Marlins.

"He's got a great first step, he's got great speed when he gets it going," Collins said before Tuesday's game. "He shows it in the outfield. That's why I say there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to do it."

Lagares has 13 stolen bases in 19 attempts in his career.

He told reporters he had been hesitant to steal bases earlier this season because of the hamstring injury that eventually placed him on the disabled list.

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