Because the Mets will likely face Padres left-hander Clayton Richard on April 1, outfielder Collin Cowgill should also crack the Opening Day lineup, perhaps even lead off.
The result could be a starting nine that looks something like this: Cowgill, center field; Ruben Tejada, shortstop; Ike Davis, first base; Marlon Byrd, right field; Lucas Duda, left field; Turner, third base; Valdespin, second base; John Buck, catcher; Jon Niese, pitcher.
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