Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda up to bat
Arturo Pardavila III

MLB:

The New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are beginning to demonstrate just how they feel about their playoff chances.

The Mets have initiated their roster-pruning by sending first baseman Lucas Duda to the Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith. Duda is hitting .246 with 17 homers and 37 RBIs this season, which hasn't been enough to prevent New York from falling nine games out of a playoff berth.

Duda joins a ballclub that is within striking distance in the AL East and the league wild-card race.

Mets Rally Past Yankees 2-1, Rivera Stunned in Ninth

May 29, 2013
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Well, it was another night of interleague play in the major leagues.

In the subway series, both David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, and the Mets rallied past the Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night to beat baseball's career saves leader. This happened only hours after honoring him at his final Citi Field game. Earlier, the Mets played a video tribute to Rivera that read, "Congratulations on a Hall of Fame career."