After sour Grapefruit, Tejada produces

April, 1, 2013
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Terry Collins said it never seriously was considered to send Ruben Tejada to Triple-A to open the season. It merely was momentarily floated and dismissed in an internal meeting.

Still, there was concern about how Tejada was performing in spring training, when he hit .096 (5-for-52) in Grapefruit League play. Tejada told his manager not to worry.

He backed it up with an RBI double into the left-field corner in the second inning against Edinson Volquez that opened the game’s scoring in the Mets’ 11-2 win against the San Diego Padres.

Tejada finished 2-for-4 -- one of six Mets with a two-hit game.

“Spring training is different,” Tejada said. “We started the season today, so we started with the right foot.”

Said Collins: “That was a huge hit. He’s had a tough spring. To have him be the first guy that gets the big hit, I thought was really cool.

“I turned to [bench coach] Bob Geren and said, ‘Well, he didn’t lie to me.’ He said, ‘When it’s time, I’ll be ready.’”
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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WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
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