Turner, not Tejada in attempt to jumpstart 'O'

September, 9, 2012
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Terry Collins debated sitting slumping Ruben Tejada on Saturday, but opted to start the shortstop because he felt it would be beneficial to gut through any September fatigue like other players.

But with the Mets having scored three runs or fewer in nine straight home games, their longest streak of that futility since 1982, Collins decided to return Tejada to the bench Sunday for the second time in three games.

Justin Turner has a pair of homers and four RBIs in four career at-bats against Braves starter Tommy Hanson. Turner gets his seventh start at shortstop this season.

"We're not scoring. And we're not hitting," Collins said. "And, even though it's a small sampling, 3-for-4 with two homers is a pretty good sampling against Hanson. So I wanted to get Justin in there today. It seems like when he's in the lineup, some things happen. He keeps it moving. He gets hit with a pitch or draws a walk or gets a hit. I decided with us scuffling the way we are as far as scoring, I thought I'd play him today."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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