JUPITER -- Friday night baseball is back, as the Miami Marlins face the Atlanta Braves for the second consecutive day. First pitch is 7:10 EST, and the game will be aired on Fox Sports Florida.
Ichiro in the leadoff spot
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For the first time this spring, Ichiro Suzuki will lead off. Manager Mike Redmond still plans to bat Dee Gordon in the leadoff spot often in 2015, but knows that Suzuki can have success regardless of where he is placed in the lineup.
"I'm just trying to get everyone some at-bats," Redmond said. "I've been able to get Ichiro and some of our other left-handed hitters at-bats against lefties. I know Ichiro can leadoff. I know he can hit anywhere. It's more about getting him at-bats."
Haren to make fourth start
Haren will make his fourth start of the spring on Friday night. In his last outing against the Tigers, Haren tossed four shutout innings while striking out three. He hasn't allowed a run in seven innings over the course of his last two starts.
With the exception of Adeiny Hechavarria's sore shoulder, the Marlins have not been plagued by any injuries to this point in the spring. Redmond hopes the Marlins can remain healthy throughout 2015.
"I think it's always a concern for everyone," Redmond said of spring injuries. "I try not to think about it too much. Just trying to prepare the guys for the season. There's no doubt, a lot of successful seasons rest on keeping guys healthy. That's always the case for every team not just us."