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Monday, August 12, 2013
Lucas Duda: 'I like DHing'

By Adam Rubin

LOS ANGELES -- Lucas Duda finds himself at first base for a second straight day Monday with Triple-A Las Vegas, after exclusively playing left field or serving as designated hitter throughout his minor league tour.

Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson indicated that was Wally Backman's decision, not a directive from New York.

Duda had just spoken with the Wall Street Journal about being taken off a rehab assignment and optioned to Las Vegas, rather than returned to the majors when it was deemed he was healthy.

"You know what you're going to get with me out there," Duda told the newspaper about playing left field. "I'm a better first baseman. It's clear to see. Anybody can see it."

Duda added that outfield did weigh on him.

"I did feel a little bit of added pressure because of my lack of defensive capability," he said.

As for his ultimate position, Duda told the Journal: "I like DHing. That's a position, too."