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Bisons will like Ike

Ike Davis pushed Daniel Murphy for the Mets' first-base job this spring, batting .480 (yes, .480) with three homers in 12 Grapefruit League games. But the Mets sent him down Tuesday so he could get his first Triple-A at-bats this season as the regular first baseman for the Bisons.

Davis, who turned 23 on Monday, is the son of former Yankees reliever Ron Davis. He combined for 20 homers and 71 RBIs last year at Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. And with Murphy hitting just .121 this spring, don't be surprised if the Mets make a quick flip at first base if both players continue on their same path with Davis red-hot and Murphy ice-cold.

This story on Davis from the Newark Star-Ledger includes a link to audio from his interview in the Mets' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon.

Here's the New York Times' take on Davis.

With Davis and active minor-league home run leader Mike Hessman at third base, the Bisons have a good chance to have some pop on their infield that they missed much of last season.

---Mike Harrington

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