Kelly Johnson to serve as the designated hitter in Game 1

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Terry Collins settled the debate over who will be the designated hitter for the Mets in the American League park.

At least in Game 1.

Collins said Kelly Johnson will serve as the club’s designated hitter against Edinson Volquez in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

Collins did not commit to Johnson as the designated hitter beyond Game 1, however. In fact, Collins said if Johnny Cueto had started against the Mets in Game 1, Collins would have used a different solution.

That means Yoenis Cespedes will likely be in center field, Michael Conforto in left field, and Curtis Granderson in right field against Volquez.

Johnson is 4-for-14 with a double and two RBI in his career against Volquez, although he’s 19-for-91 with three home runs and eight RBI lifetime as a designated hitter.

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