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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
Contract: view contract details

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Lucas Duda is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
He's sitting against lefty Jordan Montgomery. Trevor Plouffe will serve as the designated hitter while Daniel Robertson will start at second base and Peter Bourjos will play left field. Sep 26 - 3:11 PM

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Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer in the Rays' defeat of the Orioles on Saturday.

Duda's big fly off Jeremy Hellickson in the top of the third inning gave Tampa Bay the lead for good. The veteran first baseman is up to 30 home runs in 122 games this season, though that big number has come alongside a .221 batting average and .323 on-base percentage.
Sep 23 - 10:51 PM

Lucas Duda hit his 29th homer of the season in a win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

It was a solo shot off of Boston reliever Robby Scott. Duda is hitting just .202 since coming over to the Rays, but he's also slugging .546, and he's posted a respectable -- when you consider the batting average -- .317 on-base percentage.
Sep 10 - 5:28 PM

Lucas Duda clubbed his 28th home run of the year on Wednesday afternoon against the Twins.

Duda's three-run shot in the bottom of the third inning tied the game at 4-4, but Tampa Bay would go on to lose 10-6. The veteran first baseman has slugged eight home runs in his last 19 games and he now has 11 homers in 35 total games with the Rays. His season OPS has climbed to .869.
Sep 6 - 4:44 PM

Lucas Duda homered and doubled to drive in both Rays runs Tuesday against the Twins.

The homer was Duda's seventh in his last 18 games. He has 10 total in 34 games for the Rays, though he's batting just .194. Along with the 10 homers, he has four doubles and seven singles in 108 at-bats.
Sep 5 - 9:53 PM

Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Duda got the night started off right for the Rays, taking Cardinals starter Mike Leake deep for the two-run bomb in the first inning. It was his only hit of the night. The 31-year-old now has seven homers since joining the Rays in late July, and he's hit 24 overall. Duda is batting just .202 as a member of the Tampa club but owns a slightly better .235/.344/.521 line in 101 games on the year.
Aug 26 - 10:29 PM

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

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

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C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
3Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Brad Miller
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
3Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Cesar Puello
DH1Lucas Duda
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S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jacob Faria
5Blake Snell
6Austin Pruitt
7Nathan Eovaldi
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R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Dan Jennings
4Xavier Cedeno
5Tommy Hunter
6Steve Cishek
7Kevin Gadea
8Sergio Romo
9Matt Andriese
10Shawn Tolleson
11Jose Alvarado
12Ryne Stanek
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