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Tejada, d'Arnaud get a breather against Angels

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ANAHEIM -- The Mets lineup took on a different look Saturday night at Angel Stadium, and for once, it had nothing to do with the situation at first base.

After manning shortstop for every inning of the Mets' first 10 games, Ruben Tejada gave way to Omar Quintanilla for the first time this season. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud also took a routine day of rest, with Anthony Recker replacing him in the lineup.

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ANAHEIM -- The Mets lineup took on a different look Saturday night at Angel Stadium, and for once, it had nothing to do with the situation at first base.

After manning shortstop for every inning of the Mets' first 10 games, Ruben Tejada gave way to Omar Quintanilla for the first time this season. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud also took a routine day of rest, with Anthony Recker replacing him in the lineup.

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Both Tejada and d'Arnaud are expected to return to the lineup in Sunday's finale.

A strong advocate of giving his starters regular rest throughout the season, manager Terry Collins planned the off-days for Tejada and d'Arnaud in advance, looking at the number of games they had played and the pitching matchups on the schedule. Collins is already looking at a timeframe for David Wright's first day off, as well -- sometime on the club's upcoming nine-game road trip to Philadelphia, Denver and Miami.

As for first base, both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda played Saturday thanks to the designated-hitter rule at Angel Stadium (Davis was at first base and Duda at DH). Josh Satin could return to the starting lineup Sunday against left-hander C.J. Wilson, after going 1-for-3 with a two-run double against another lefty, Tyler Skaggs, on Friday night.

Right now, Collins is simply searching for a combination that works. The Mets entered Saturday's play ranked last in the National League in batting average, last in on-base percentage and second-to-last in slugging.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo.

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