Jacob Turner played down the importance of a good outing in Thursday's spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, but there was no mistaking the good feeling the right-hander gave the Marlins.
President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill earlier this year said the Marlins didn't see the real Brian Flynn last September. Promoted to the majors for the first time after a stellar Triple-A season, Flynn in four starts (18 innings) logged an 8.50 ERA with 27 hits, 13 walks and 15 strikeouts.
In most cities, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is a sacred day. You’d be hard pressed to find cheap tickets anywhere and would need to jump through many hoops to get tickets.
Jacob Turner came into today’s start needing a good performance to get himself on track to be a force in the rotation for the Marlins this season. He had compiled a poor 6.23 ERA so far in his two previous outings and may have been experiencing flashbacks to last year’s spring training performance. Turner imploded during spring training in 2013 and ended up starting the season in AAA New Orleans instead of in the Marlins rotation.
Casey McGehee was thrilled to return to the United States this year to play baseball and for many more reasons than the $1.1 million he received from the Marlins to plug their third base hole. Casey’s son, Mack, 7, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months. Casey and Sarah also have a daughter, Cooper, who is 3. The family spent the last year in Japan while Casey rejuvenated his career, but the biggest hardship was getting the proper therapy for Mack.
The Marlins trimmed 12 players from their spring roster this morning, including top pitching prospects Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani. "The ax came down hard," said one player. There were no surprises in the first wave of cuts.
The Marlins will play in their first instant replay game of the spring this afternoon against the Tigers. Just don't consider it a complete dress rehearsal. Unlike during the regular season when umpires in New York's Replay Command Center will watch video of the play in question using the "indisputable video evidence" standard when deciding whether to overturn a call, somebody inside of a TV van parked outside Joker Marchant Stadium will be doing the reviewing this afternoon.
With four daughters and three sons who were given "normal names," Marlins relief pitcher Arquimedes Euclides Caminero said his father turned to his favorite subject — math — to find a unique name for his last child.
Chances are the Marlins won't go from worst to first in the big leagues in the home run category this season. But the way the lineup is shaping up, there is enough power to make things interesting.
A couple of years ago, Jacob Turner was competing in Spring Training for the fifth-starter spot in Tigers camp. Also in the mix was left-hander Drew Smyly. It was like old times on Thursday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium -- except Turner was on the mound for the Marlins, opposing the Tigers' Smyly. The edge went to Turner and the Marlins, who prevailed, 4-2, in Grapefruit League play.
Jake Marisnick doubled in two runs and scored another as the Marlins roughed up Drew Smyly, sending Miami to a 4-2 win over Detroit on Thursday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. Marisnick's second hit of the day was part of a string of three consecutive hits off Smyly, who later said he has struggled to find the bite on a cutter that serves as a big pitch for him against right-handed hitters. The pitcher escaped a first-inning run following Marisnick's leadoff single, when shortstop Eugenio Suarez threw out Marisnick at the plate.
The Marlins added some infield depth for this season, and right now they need it. Ed Lucas, who started at second base on Thursday against the Tigers, was replaced in the bottom of the fourth inning with a strained left hamstring. The infielder said he felt something running the bases in the top of the inning. He singled and scored from third base on Jake Marisnick's two-run double.
Around The League
The only things Jimmy Rollins knew Thursday morning at Bright House Field were that he had not played since Monday, and that Ryne Sandberg seemed upset with him about something.
Robinson Cano may be a five-time All-Star who just signed a $240 million deal with the Mariners, but Seattle's new second baseman isn't taking anything for granted this spring despite his hot start at the plate.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged a call in the second inning of their game against the Rangers on Thursday night. It was the second overturned call in Spring Training under the new instant-replay format introduced this year.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game against the Giants with tightness in his left quad muscle. Beltre left in the top of the fifth inning after two at-bats during the first night game for the Rangers this spring.
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have developed a reputation for rushing prospects to the majors over the last few years. What is their philosophy on that matter and, given the success of some of their recent attempts, is it the right formula for the team?
MLB vet Kevin Slowey and reliever Carter Capps are among the handful of relievers who are pursuing spots in Miami's bullpen for the 2014 season.
Jacob Turner holds the best odds of winning the fourth starter role outright for the Miami Marlins, but he needs to make major improvements to his game in order to make due on the promise he showed as a prospect when the team first acquired him.
The Miami Marlins sent 12 players to the minor leagues in their first round of roster cuts in Spring Training. Who were they and how does this affect the team?
The Miami Marlins are still trying to decide on their roster as we enter the second week of Spring Training games. Who is in the lead in center field, the starting rotation, and the final bullpen spots?