Terry Collins, looking for an offensive spark, shuffles Mets' lineup

Mets leftfielder Eric Young Jr. catches a fly
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Mets leftfielder Eric Young Jr. catches a fly ball hit by the Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt in the first inning of their interleague baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (Credit: AP / Eric Risberg)

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OAKLAND, Calif. - With the Mets mired in a historic cold streak, manager Terry Collins shuffled his lineup Tuesday night against the A's.

"I just thought we'd change it up a little bit," he said. "It's not like we're mashing right now."

With slumping second baseman Daniel Murphy out of the lineup -- he had been due for a scheduled rest day -- Collins moved Curtis Granderson down to the second slot and Juan Lagares batted leadoff.

Meanwhile, against lefty Scott Kazmir, Collins went with the righthanded-hitting Travis d'Arnaud at designated hitter. Backup catcher Anthony Recker got the start.

The changes came with the Mets in the midst of a team-wide slump.

Entering play Tuesday night, the Mets have been held to four hits or fewer in five straight games, which tied a franchise record set in 2004.

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Germen replaces Colon

Bartolo Colon was placed on the bereavement list and could miss anywhere from three to seven days. The veteran pitcher returned to the Dominican Republic upon the death of his mother, Adriana, and Collins said it's unclear when he will return.

The Mets recalled reliever Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Las Vegas. Since his demotion on July 8, Germen went 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA in Las Vegas.

Extra bases

After making a spot start on Monday, Collins said reliever Carlos Torres likely won't be available until Friday. Rookie Rafael Montero may be used in relief against the A's Wednesday, which is his scheduled throw day between starts . . . If Kirk Nieuwenhuis recovers from a stiff neck, he may start Wednesday ahead of Lagares, who Collins said is due a day off.

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