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Lucas Duda | First Baseman | #21

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
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Lucas Duda clubbed a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.
He went yard off reliever Emilio Pagan as the Rays attempted to rally in the sixth inning. It was his only hit in four chances. It was his fifth longball since being traded from the Mets to the Rays at the deadline and his 22nd overall for the season. The power is his strong suit but the .242 batting average and meager 46 RBI make it hard to use him in standard fantasy leagues. Aug 19 - 10:13 PM

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Lucas Duda swatted a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

It was his only hit in five trips to the plate, but Duda will certainly take it after he came into the night with just two hits over his previous six games. Seeing him hit one out of the yard was especially encouraging, as it had seemed like the thumb injury he dealt with earlier this month could be affecting his power.
Aug 15 - 10:33 PM

Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Duda is 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts in four games since returning from a thumb injury that cost him a couple of starts. He homered in three of his first four games after joining the Rays, but he doesn't have so much as an RBI in 34 at-bats this month.
Aug 13 - 5:41 PM

Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

The Rays were shut out by Indians pitching for the second day in a row. Today they managed only four knocks in the whole game. Duda has hit the skids a bit recently following a hot first week with his new club after being traded from the Mets at the deadline. For the season he has a .244 batting average with 20 home runs and 41 RBI.
Aug 12 - 9:24 PM

Lucas Duda (thumb) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Indians.

Duda was a late scratch from Wednesday's series finale against the Red Sox due to a left thumb bruise. He is serving as Tampa Bay's designated hitter and batting second Thursday versus Indians right-hander Danny Salazar.
Aug 10 - 3:00 PM

Lucas Duda (thumb) was a late lineup scratch for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Duda is dealing with a left thumb bruise and will get the day off. Trevor Plouffe will play first in his place and is hitting sixth, while Brad Miller has been scooted up from sixth and is now batting second.
Aug 9 - 5:23 PM

Lucas Duda blasted a game-tying solo homer off of David Robertson in the eighth inning of Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

That's now two homers in two games with the Rays for Duda, this one a majestic blast into the second deck. He'll continue to provide timely left-handed thump as the Rays push toward a playoff berth.
Jul 29 - 4:33 PM

Lucas Duda slugged a solo homer in his Rays debut Friday against the Yankees.

Duda was retired in his first two at-bats before taking Masahiro Tanaka deep in the in the seventh inning. It was the lone run of the game for the Rays. The 31-year-old now owns an .888 OPS with 18 homers through 76 games this season. He has been an undervalued player in recent years and should be a difference-maker down the stretch for the Rays.
Jul 28 - 9:53 PM

Rays acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the Mets in exchange for RHP Drew Smith.

The Yankees were also in on Duda, which likely added to the Rays' sense of urgency. There was no money in the deal as the Rays have agreed to pay the remainder of Duda's $7.25 million salary. It's a good match on paper as the Mets were looking to break up their infield logjam while the Rays needed a left-handed bat to replace Colby Rasmus. The power-hitting 31-year-old should immediately slide in as the Rays' everyday DH. The Rays also acquired reliever Dan Jennings on Thursday, a rare sight for a team that is usually a seller at the deadline. Back in New York, it shouldn't be long until the Mets promote top first base prospect Dominic Smith, who has impressed by hitting .337 with 15 HR and 68 RBI in 102 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this year.
Jul 27 - 5:33 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Yankees have reached out to the Mets about Lucas Duda and Addison Reed.

The Yankees and Mets haven't made too many trades over the years, but it certainly makes sense that the Bombers would be interested in Duda. The impending free agent has put up a nice .248/.355/.550 batting line with 16 home runs this season and has gone deep in consecutive games. Reed would give the Yanks some help in bridging the gap between their starters and closer Aroldis Chapman.
Jul 18 - 3:26 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4, scored twice and belted a solo home run in a win over the Phillies on Saturday.

He went deep off starter Jeremy Hellickson in the fourth inning. It was his 14th longball of the season. Duda missed the last couple of games with an illness but was able to give it a go today. He has a .257 batting average with a paltry 30 RBI in 219 plate appearances.
Jul 1 - 9:54 PM

Lucas Duda (illness) has returned to the Mets' starting lineup on Saturday.

Duda had been penciled into Friday's lineup but was a late scratch as he still wasn't feeling well enough to give it a go. He's batting fifth against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.
Jul 1 - 12:59 PM

Lucas Duda (illness) was scratched from the Mets' lineup Friday.

He had been slated to return from a two-game absence, but Duda apparently still isn't over his stomach bug. T.J. Rivera will fill in at first base.
Jun 30 - 5:41 PM

Lucas Duda is out of the Mets' starting lineup Thursday due to a stomach bug.

That is also why he sat out of Wednesday's game. T.J. Rivera will start at first base and bat fifth Thursday night against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena.
Jun 29 - 3:46 PM

Lucas Duda went 2-for-6 with an RBI double in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Duda came through with an RBI double off Matt Moore in the fifth inning to boost the Mets to a 5-1 lead. The two-bagger was his 15th of the season. In addition, the first baseman is slashing a sweet .256/.364/.563 with 13 homers and 29 RBI in 53 games played.
Jun 25 - 7:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Brad Miller
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Lucas Duda
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Matt Andriese
5Jacob Faria
6Austin Pruitt
7Blake Snell
8Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Dan Jennings
4Xavier Cedeno
5Tommy Hunter
6Steve Cishek
7Kevin Gadea
8Sergio Romo
9Chase Whitley
10Shawn Tolleson