As first reported by ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scheduled to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut Sunday in an afternoon exhibition game against the Rays.
Duda suffered an oblique strain two weeks ago, but he has been hitting in Mets camp since Monday.
The 29-year-old first baseman still has plenty of time to get his timing right before the start of the regular season. He posted an impressive .830 OPS with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games last year.
The Mets figure to bat Duda cleanup throughout 2015. He hit there in 78 of his 153 games played last season.
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.