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Terry Collins mapping out Beltran plan

Mets skipper to rest RF early, weigh options to keep lineup stable -- and Carlos healthy

Updated: March 7, 2011, 1:37 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets first-year manager Terry Collins very much wants to have a stable lineup this season, with players feeling comfortable because they know before they arrive at the ballpark where they will be batting that day.

As Collins is sure to find out, however, Carlos Beltran's right knee does not figure to make that possible.

Sunday was a positive day for the Mets, as Beltran made his first Grapefruit League appearance of 2011, going 1-for-3 while ...

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