After more than a week of intense stretching and drill exercises under new manager Willie Randolph, more than one Met was itching to get on the diamond and face some live action.
With New York's exhibition schedule set to get underway Wednesday at Viera against the Washington Nationals, the Mets tabbed both Monday and Tuesday as days for intra-squad scrimmages.
Monday's 'A' lineup featured most of the probable Opening Day starters, with Steve Trachsel
on the hill instead of Pedro Martinez
and Victor Diaz
in right field in place of the rehabbing Mike Cameron
The 'B' squad, managed by Jerry Manuel, defeated Manny Acta's 'A' squad, 3-1.
In the play of the game that was relayed back up to New York television networks, David Wright made a nifty play on a Chris Woodward ground ball in the second inning and threw a strike to second baseman Kaz Matsui.
Matsui then pivoted, turned the double play on incoming runner Jason Phillips and threw on to first for his first game-action 5-4-3 double play as a second baseman. Matsui also had a Ron Calloway grounder tick off his glove in the game.
"At second base, I think I'm going to have more time, but it's a case-by-case situation," Matsui told reporters. "There's some ground balls where I need to speed up and some ground balls where I need to take my time."
Yusmeiro Petit, ranked by Inside Pitch as the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization, pitched a 1-2-3 inning by striking out Andres Galarraga, getting Calloway on a broken-bat grounder and inducing Jason Phillips to fly to left.
Galarraga ripped Trachsel for a run-scoring double … Jose Reyes was picked off of first base twice, once by Bob Keppel and once by Matt Lindstrom … Hall of Famer and Wilpon family friend Sandy Koufax made his annual visit to Mets camp.