* Mets lose exhibition opener, 5-4, to Detroit.
* Oliver Perez is hit hard. He and the Mets say rust is why he wasn’t sharp and velocity was off.
* Carlos Beltran played. The previous day he complained of a stiff neck and right quad. He was hitless in three at-bats.
* Jose Valentin has a sore right ankle and did not play. He doesn’t expect to be in the lineup tomorrow, either.
* Manager Willie Randolph said he thinks Alay Soler is in better shape this year.