Lucas Duda will start Tuesday in Atlanta

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6
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NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda will start at first base Tuesday in Atlanta, New York Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed prior to Sunday's game.

Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam Saturday, and will start at first base Sunday. But Davis was already scheduled to start Sunday, prior to the game-winning home run.

Collins is not abandoning his plan to give Duda the first crack at being his regular starting first baseman -- not yet, anyway.

"We’ve gotta at least stick by our plan a little bit," Collins said.

Duda hit two home runs Friday, but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Saturday.

Davis will bat fifth Sunday. But no matter what he does at the plate, he'll be back on the bench for the Mets' next game.

"I hope Ike has a big game today," Collins said. "[But] the plan is set in stone in Atlanta."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187