After being held to one hit over the first seven innings, Miami erupted for seven hits and eight runs in the home-half of the eighth to beat the Red Sox 9-4 on Tuesday. Tom Koehler allowed four earned runs in six innings but the bullpen held Boston in-check the rest of the way.
Flame-throwing right-hander Carter Capps was among the latest round of players to be optioned to the minor leagues. The reliever had struggled with his command this spring, as evident by his four walks and two hit-batters in 4.2 innings. Also optioned were Pat Misch and Vin Mazzaro and the roster now stands at thirty-seven.
Giancarlo Stanton stole a career-high thirteen bases last year, which was second on the team behind Christian Yelich. Stanton was only caught swiping once, so a forty-twenty season could well be a possibility for the star outfielder with more playing time.
Michael Morse grew up as a Marlins fan. He now relishes the chance to help them win a championship, even if it means missing out on the giveaways and promotions that fans enjoy.
The Marlins are trying (and succeeding) to extend their stars left, right and center. With Yelich and Stanton already on board for the long-haul, will Henderson Alvarez be next? If so, he could receive a deal similar to that of James Shields.
Around the League
Hector Olivera, an infielder the Marlins were interested in, has signed a six-year deal with the Dodgers. The deal is for $62.5 million with a $28 million signing bonus.
The argument is only going to intensify. Cubs top-prospect Kris Bryant hit his ninth Spring Training home run on Tuesday but it is still uncertain whether he will be on Chicago's opening day roster, due to service time implications.
However, that isn't the only issue for the Cubbies right now. New ace Jon Lester will pitch on Opening Day, but might be on a pitch-limit after developing arm fatigue earlier this spring which cost him a start.
At Fish Stripes
Even without a formal announcement, manager Mike Redmond has said that the rotation is more or less decided. There was no word on who will start on opening night against the Braves, but it will most likely be Henderson Alvarez.