- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Terry Collins, who has predicted he will mix and match his closer in Bobby Parnell's absence, expects LaTroy Hawkins will close for a second straight game today. Hawkins produced his first save of the season Tuesday night despite allowing a pair of two-out singles.
• Collins said Daniel Murphy is the best hitter on the team and therefore merited batting No. 3 in the lineup, where he can drive in runs. Collins said an added benefit is lengthening the lineup by having Marlon Byrd bat fourth and Ike Davis bat fifth. Hitting coach Dave Hudgens recommended to Collins that Juan Lagares bat second.
• Justin Turner replaced Wilmer Flores at third base for the ninth inning Tuesday, but Collins said he is not looking to regularly double-switch Flores out of the game to improve late-inning defense. Collins said his motivation in the series opener was Flores making the final out of the bottom of the eighth and a double-switch ensuring Hawkins could pitch multiple innings without batting if the game became tied in the top of the ninth.