Friday's Mets-Tigers lineups


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 1:10 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Note that Jordany Valdespin, not Kirk Nieuwenhuis, gets the leadoff spot.


Jordany Valdespin, dh

Ruben Tejada, ss

David Wright, 3b

Ike Davis, 1b

Marlon Byrd, rf

Lucas Duda, lf Nieuwenhuis

John Buck, c

Justin Turner, 2b

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf den Dekker

Jonathon Niese, lhp


Jeff Kobernus, 2b

Andy Dirks, lf

Victor Martinez, dh

Prince Fielder, 1b

Brayan Pena, c

Kevin Russo, cf

Avisail Garcia, rf

Don Kelly, 3b

Argenis Diaz, ss

Justin Verlander, rhp

UPDATE: Duda is no longer listed in the starting lineup. He had an "appointment" this morning a Mets person said, without elaborating. Matt den Dekker has been inserted in the No. 9 hole playing center field, with Nieuwenhuis moved to No. 6 and in left field.

Sandy Alderson called it a "small medical issue" that would not affect Duda's baseball availability going forward. Duda was hitting in a cage pregame.