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Young, Capuano, Tejada and Mets play a game today (intrasquad)

The Mets finally take a break from all-day drills for an intrasquad game this afternoon at 12:30. It's not exactly a star-studded affair - most of the Mets' starters will sit in preparation of this weekend's slate of Grapefruit League games. But there is some intrigue. Daniel Murphy and Brad Emaus will start at second base for their respective teams.

In today's newspaper (or web site, if you prefer) we take a look at the academic backgrounds of the Mets' rotation, and specifically R.A. Dickey, Chris Young and Chris Capuano. More importantly, I try to find out if it matters that they went to Princeton and Duke, or if they had high GPAs, now that they're pitching in the major leagues. Does that classroom intellect help on the mound? To some degree, it seems to be an asset.

Also, Terry Collins is a big fan of Ruben Tejada. But big enough to sneak him into the competition for second base? Probably not. The plan for Tejada is to open the season at Triple-A Buffalo as the shortstop. But if no one is able to claim the second base job by Opening Day, Collins sees a scenario where Tejada could sneak in at the last minute.

 

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