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Monday, March 25, 2013
Pads align rotation for Mets series

By Adam Rubin

Associated Press
The Mets are expected to face (l to r) Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard and Jason Marquis during the season-opening series.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The San Diego Padres have set up their rotation for their season-opening series against the New York Mets.

Right-hander Edinson Volquez starts on Opening Day, followed by left-hander Clayton Richard in Game 2 and right-hander Jason Marquis in the series finale.

The Mets have not announced their rotation beyond the opener, but the matchups are projected to be:

April 1: Jonathon Niese vs. Volquez
April 3: Shaun Marcum vs. Richard
April 4: Matt Harvey vs. Marquis

With the Mets facing a right-hander in the opener, it's possible a lineup that has David Wright and not Daniel Murphy could look like this:

Jordany Valdespin, cf
Justin Turner, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jonathon Niese, lhp