Duda gets three hits filling in for Pagan

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2011; 5:48 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Lucas Duda had three hits filling in for Angel Pagan and the New York Mets roughed up Brad Penny for five runs in the second inning before holding on to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Tuesday.

Pagan, taking over in center field for Carlos Beltran this season, left because of tightness in his lower back. Duda entered in the second innings. He scored two runs.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese gave up four runs in the bottom of the second, but didn't allow any more in his four innings.

Prior to the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that Will Rhymes had won the second base position and that last years opening day starter, Scott Sizemore was sent to the minors.

Rhymes batted .304 in 54 games last season. Former All-Star Carlos Guillen was expected to be under consideration for the starting job at second, but he is still out with an injury to his left knee.

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