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Mets World Series: Game 3 lineup released

Juan Lagares is back on the bench as the Mets play the first World Series game at Citi Field.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Following Wednesday's tough six-run loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Mets are set for Game 3 tonight at home with a predictable change in lineup. Back on National League turf, Michael Conforto moves from DH to left field, pushing Yoenis Cespedes to center field. That leaves Juan Lagares, who started Game 2 in center, on the bench.

Lagares made the starting lineup in Game 2 because right-handed hitters tend to fare better against Johnny Cueto. But Cueto proved nearly unstoppable, becoming the first AL player to pitch a complete game in the World Series since Jack Morris in 1991.

Rookie Noah Syndergaard takes the mound for the Mets in hopes of neutralizing the Royals' contact hitters with his fastball, while Yordano Ventura is slated to start for Kansas City.

Here's the Mets' lineup for Game 3:

Curtis Granderson - RF
David Wright - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B
Yoenis Cespedes - CF
Lucas Duda - 1B
Travis d’Arnaud - C
Michael Conforto - LF
Wilmer Flores - SS
Noah Syndergaard - RHP