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RHP Tom Koelher appeared to have the edge in the competition for the Marlins' fifth starting pitcher as of March 11. In his March 9 start, he tossed four scoreless innings, giving him a 1.29 ERA over seven innings in three games (two starts).
RHP Henderson Alvarez made a strong spring debut March 7, tossing three scoreless innings against St. Louis. He was supposed to go just two innings, but he was so efficient, he threw one more.
LHP Brian Flynn, who is competing for a rotation spot, tossed three scoreless innings March 11 in his first Grapefruit League start. "That was the best I've seen him, probably maybe even including last year during the regular season. He looked like he had command of his off-speed pitches and pounded the strike zone," manager Mike Redmond said.
INF Jeff Baker and 2B Rafael Furcal might be able return to action during the weekend of March 14-16. Furcal left the March 10 game with a sore left hamstring, while Baker left the same game with a sore left quadriceps.
2B Rafael Furcal and INF Jeff Baker might be able return to action during the weekend of March 14-16. Furcal left the March 10 game with a sore left hamstring, while Baker left the same game with a sore left quadriceps.
RF Giancarlo Stanton hit his first spring home run March 9 in his 20th Grapefruit League at-bat. He connected in the fourth inning off Detroit's Rick Porcello, a long shot that bounced off the Marlins' clubhouse building beyond left field. He followed that a day later with a two-run home run against the Mets. Stanton led the team with 24 home runs in 2013, his lowest home run total since he belted 22 in 100 games in his rookie season of 2010.