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Mets take much-needed break from batting practice

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ANAHEIM -- No batting practice Sunday morning for the Mets. No need for it. After playing 24 innings in their first two games at Angel Stadium, stepping to the plate a total of 98 times as a team, the Mets were more interested in a morning of much-needed rest.

"I'm not sure some guys have gotten the sleep out of their eyes yet," manager Terry Collins said.

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ANAHEIM -- No batting practice Sunday morning for the Mets. No need for it. After playing 24 innings in their first two games at Angel Stadium, stepping to the plate a total of 98 times as a team, the Mets were more interested in a morning of much-needed rest.

"I'm not sure some guys have gotten the sleep out of their eyes yet," manager Terry Collins said.

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And so the Mets relaxed in their pregame clubhouse, some taking swings in an indoor batting cage while others lounged on couches and watched "Dumb & Dumber."

All things considered, the Mets were actually in remarkably good shape for a team coming off that sort of workload. The Mets won Saturday's game without using starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud or Ruben Tejada, both of whom were back in the lineup Sunday. Collins also benched Ike Davis and Lucas Duda for Sunday's finale, starting Josh Satin at DH and Andrew Brown at first base against left-hander C.J. Wilson.

The result was a lineup with only five holdovers from Saturday's 13-inning victory, even if the bullpen was still notably taxed.

"I know that they're tired," Collins said. "But if we were a little deeper into the season … we'd be taking some more of those guys off the field, especially with the day game following the night game. We've got some days off early. They're not as tired as they would be a month from now if this happened."

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

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