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Lucas Duda named to all-star squad

Lucas Duda of the Mets is congratulated by

Lucas Duda of the Mets is congratulated by David Wright after he hit a three-run home run off of Jeff Samardzija of the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at O.co Coliseum on Aug. 20, 2014 in Oakland, Calif. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw

Lucas Duda has tacked on yet another accomplishment to the best season of his major-league career.

The Mets' slugging first baseman has been named to an all-star squad that will represent Major League Baseball against the Japanese national team in a five-game series this month in Japan.

The tour also will include a pair of exhibition games and will run from Nov. 11-20 with games in Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka and Okinawa.

"It's an honor for me to be part of this team," Duda said in a statement. "I hear the stadiums will be packed and the atmosphere will be off the charts. It should be a great experience."

Duda, 28, finished third in the National League with 30 home runs and tied for fifth with 92 RBIs.

Meanwhile, the Mets began clearing spots on their 40-man roster, which they'll need to accommodate new players and to protect promising prospects such as Noah Syndergaard from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

They stand at 34 after a series of transactions Friday.

The Mets opened two roster spots when outfielder Andrew Brown and catcher Juan Centeno were claimed off waivers. The A's took the power-hitting Brown and the Brewers selected defensive specialist Centeno.

The Mets also outrighted infielder Josh Satin and relievers Scott Rice, Dana Eveland and Buddy Carlyle to Triple-A, creating four more spots on the 40-man roster. Satin, Eveland and Carlyle have chosen minor-league free agency and Rice will be a minor-league free agent Monday.

The Mets gained two more openings earlier in the week when veterans Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bobby Abreu officially were declared free agents. Abreu has retired and Matsuzaka intends to keep pitching.

In a procedural move, Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

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