LAS VEGAS -- Picture this image from downtown Las Vegas: a group of multimillionaire baseball players plugging quarter after quarter into a simulated horse racing machine, whooping and hollering as they won and lost pennies.
That was the scene Saturday night at the D Hotel, where most of the Mets' traveling roster congregated to celebrate Curtis Granderson's 33rd birthday. After a dinner at Andiamo Steakhouse, the Mets gathered around a Sigma Derby machine on the casino floor, where players could wager quarters on fake horses.
"Guys were upset they lost six dollars," Granderson recalled, laughing.
It was a way for the Mets to blow off some steam, enjoying their two-day trip to Vegas for a pair of exhibition games against the Cubs. While some members of the traveling party stuck to relaxing -- David Wright spent much of his free time watching college basketball on television -- many others dabbled in what Vegas had to offer.
General manager Sandy Alderson took the opportunity to attend the Mountain West Conference tournament on UNLV's campus, rooting for a San Diego State team that lost in the finals. Most Mets players and personnel attended Granderson's bash. Then there was Wright, who enjoyed the rare Spring Training distraction that Vegas provided, but chose to avoid the glitzier aspects of the trip.
"It's tough for us -- or at least tough for me -- because of the time change," Wright said. "I'm not really a morning person anyway, and then you get here and you're up at 5 or 6 o'clock. I like to get into college basketball this time of year so we sat down, had a nice dinner, watched some college basketball. It was pretty laid back."
Tejada's woes continue at plate, on field
JUPITER, Fla. -- The struggles of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada continued Sunday, both on the field and at the plate.
Tejada, batting leadoff in the Mets' 10-4 Grapefruit League win against the Cardinals, was 0-for-4, dropping his batting average this spring to .091. The Mets pounded out 19 hits against Cardinals pitching, including seven against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, and Tejada was the only starter in the Mets' starting lineup who did not register a hit.
Tejada also committed an error on a relatively routine grounder to his left hit by Matt Holliday in the third inning.
To Tejada's credit, he atoned for his fourth error of Spring Training two batters later by making a nice diving stop of a grounder to the left of the second-base bag by the Cardinals' Yadier Molina to start an inning-ending double play.
Mets bench coach Bob Geren was complimentary of Tejada's defense.
"Honestly, he made two really good plays today if you focus on the positive," Geren said. "The one ball scooted on him low, on Holliday's ball. What I did like is he didn't panic. Then he made a really nice play on the double play. Other than that [error], he actually played really well."
• Ike Davis finished 2-for-6 with two singles in his second straight day of Minor League at-bats, as he continues to rehab from a pair of sore calves. Davis did not run the bases, but did run afterward during conditioning exercises. Fellow first baseman Lucas Duda had a scheduled day off in his rehab from a strained left hamstring.
• Anthony Seratelli had an up-and-down game in his bid to make the Mets as a 31-year-old rookie utility infielder. Seratelli committed two errors early at Cashman Field, but started a sharp double play in the seventh and doubled down the line in the bottom of that inning. He is batting .214 this spring.
• Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round Draft pick last year, said he was "a little nervous" when he was told Saturday morning that he was going to move over to the Major League camp for the team's split-squad game against the Twins. Despite the nerves, Smith delivered an eighth-inning single up the middle in his first at-bat with the parent club.
"I was just happy to play on the same field with some of these guys," Smith said after the game.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.