Sunday Mets lineup: 'Spin in ... Batista out

July, 22, 2012
7/22/12
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Jordany Valdespin, who has 20 RBIs in a mere 82 at-bats, starts in left field on Sunday over Jason Bay. Kirk Nieuwenhuis also is in the lineup against Dodgers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi as the Mets try to avoid the sweep.

Miguel Batista has been designated for assignment to clear roster space for the promotion of reliever Elvin Ramirez. Jeremy Hefner will start Wednesday, with Thursday in Arizona to be determined -- presumably between Matt Harvey, Collin McHugh or another candidate.

It marks the third time this season, and fifth time in franchise history, the Mets have used an all-homegrown starting lineup. The Mets are 4-0 in those games.

Ruben Tejada, ss
Jordany Valdespin, lf
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Lucas Duda, rf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Josh Thole, c
Jon Niese, lhp
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187