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Thursday, April 3, 2014
TC to give Duda prolonged shot at 1B

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- After starting three different first basemen the first three games without much success, Terry Collins indicated Thursday postgame that he planned to give one first baseman an extended look.

Collins declined to ID the player, although team insiders confirmed Lucas Duda is due to get the chance.

Duda started his first game of the season in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts for the season, having appeared in all three games.

Duda said he had not been informed of any such decision.

The Mets do not face any left-handers against the Cincinnati Reds or Atlanta Braves the next two series, so it is an opportune time, since Josh Satin would not be used anyway. The Mets will have the DH after that in Anaheim.

"That's up to Terry and the coaches," Duda said. "If I play, I'll go out there and play hard. And if I don't, I'll come off the bench. Whatever they need."

Said Davis: "It's going to be obviously better for the person who gets to play more. The other guy just has to have a different role. So it's easier to kind of get in a routine if you have a role and you show up to the park and know what you have to work on and what you're expected to do that day. That's the difference."