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The Mets' Justin Turner rounds third base to

The Mets' Justin Turner rounds third base to score a first-inning run against the Dodgers. (May 8, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets beat the Cardinals 7-2 in their Tradition Field finale. David Wright and Daniel Murphy both emerged from the game on track to make Opening Day. Meanwhile, the Mets made a few decisions that offers an almost-final picture of the 25-man roster.

-- Jeurys Familia and Greg Burke had been locked in a battle for the final roster spot for a righty reliever. But the Mets now have room for both with Shaun Marcum slated to begin the season on the disabled list. As a last-ditch effort to save his career, Burke converted himself into a submarine-style pitcher almost exactly a year ago. Now, he will step onto a big league field for the first time since 2009.

-- Robert Carson appeared to have to key advantage in the battle for the final lefty reliever job: He was already on the 40-man roster and he already had pitched in the majors. Scott Rice, the 14-year veteran of the minor leagues, had neither. But on Friday, the Mets put Rice on the roster and optioned Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. He had been the favorite to make the team when the Mets opted against carrying Pedro Feliciano

-- Anthony Recker will back up John Buck at catcher, though as Sandy Alderson said last week, prospect Travis d'Arnaud would be promoted and take over if Buck suffers an injury early in the season.

-- Kirk Nieuwenhuis remains in limbo. He hasn't been informed about making the club one way or the other. However, he is on the trip to Sarasota, and his defense appears to be a need in an outfield that can use his glove.

-- If Justin Turner begins the season on the DL with his strained calf, Zach Lutz appears to have the spot. Like Nieuwenhuis, he is also on the trip to Sarasota. Omar Quintanilla, meanwhile, is headed to Triple-A Las Vegas where he will start at shortstop. That leaves Valdespin or Turner as the backup shortstop options, though neither has much experience there.

The 25-man projection:

Starters
1. Jon Niese
2. Matt Harvey
3. Dillon Gee
4. Jeremy Hefner

Relievers
5. Jeurys Familia
6. Scott Rice
7. Greg Burke
8. Scott Atchison
9. LaTroyHawkins
10. Brandon Lyon
11. Josh Edgin
12. Bobby Parnell

Position players
13. Ike Davis
14. Daniel Murphy
15. Ruben Tejada
16. David Wright
17. Lucas Duda
18. Marlon Byrd
19. Mike Baxter
20. Collin Cowgill
21. John Buck
22. Anthony Recker
23. Jordany Valdespin
24. Kirk Nieuwenhuis
25. Justin Turner/Zach Lutz

To clear 40-man roster spots, the Mets outrighed infielder Reese Havens and lefty Darin Gorski.

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