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Mets Spring Training: Murphy, Tejada To Play Saturday

The New York Mets will play their second intrasquad scrimmage of spring training Saturday afternoon, and it'll be the first chance in 2012 to see Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada pair up as a middle-infield duo.

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, manager Terry Collins will pair Murphy and Tejada on the same side of tomorrow's split-squad scrimmage. They'll be joined by the Mets' other starting infielders, while the starting outfielders and catcher Josh Thole will play on the other side.

Tejada recalled that Murphy and he actually played together in the middle infield for about 20 games with Triple-A Buffalo in 2010. That came just before Murphy's season ended with a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee, courtesy of a slide from Washington Nationals farmhand Leonard Davis.

Friday afternoon, the Mets held their first instrasquad scrimmage, primarily showcasing several prospects. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis smacked a two-run homer, while third baseman Zach Lutz set up the winning team with a double.

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