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Thursday, February 23, 2012
TC on Linsanity, lineup

By Adam Rubin

Terry Collins flew via helicopter to Miami on Thursday night to watch the Knicks take on the Heat. Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco also planned to attend.

“I’m kind of caught up in it. I want to see this guy play,” Collins said, referring to Jeremy Lin. “I’ve seen three of the games on TV. I’m as enamored as anybody because I think it’s one of the great, great stories. To finally get your opportunity, and I’ve seen all the interviews he’s had, he’s the perfect guy that any coach can now talk, ‘Hey, look, here’s a guy who was days from being released, days from quitting, emotionally strung out, finally got his chance and absolutely said, ‘I’m not coming out. This is my chance. I’m making the most of it.’’ It’s what we tell every player at every level no matter how good they are, how good they think they are. He’s a story. And I like to see things live. I like to watch him when he doesn’t have the ball. I like to watch him when he’s on the bench and see how he does.”

• Collins reiterated his projected batting order when he said he planned to bat Ike Davis fourth and Jason Bay fifth. The full lineup:

Andres Torres, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Davis, 1b
Bay, lf
Lucas Duda, rf
Josh Thole, c
Ruben Tejada, ss

Collins went on to suggest Davis could hit 35 homers this season.

“If he plays 155 games, and he’s up 550 times, he’s going to get 35 mistakes,” the manager said. “That’s the kind of power he’s got.”

• The March 2, 3 and 4 intrasquad games at Digital Domain Park in advance of the March 5 Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals will be open to the public. There will be a small, to-be-determined charge with proceeds donated to charity. The Mets will not play Fred Wilpon’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, or any other college team this spring training.