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Early on, new batting stance not suiting Duda


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- So far, Lucas Duda's new approach has resulted in nothing but frustration.

Tinkering with a new batting stance this spring, Duda finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Sunday in the Mets' 7-7 tie with the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Manager Terry Collins told reporters in Kissimmee that Duda's new approach remains "a work in progress."

"He's trying to change his stride a little bit, so it's not so much movement, and he's just not getting himself in hitting position right now," Collins said. "The only way to get it is to get in the batter's box and swing. And today he had a terrible day, but it's going to come with making the adjustments he's trying to make."

Through two Grapefruit League games, Duda is 0-for-7 with six strikeouts.

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