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Miami Marlins morning news: Adam Conley continues to build momentum

After a promising end to the 2015 season, Adam Conley is battling for a rotation spot this spring and he had another successful outing in a scrimmage yesterday afternoon. Plus links on Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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Marlins News

Adam Conley and David Phelps pitched in a minor league scrimmage on Miami's off-day yesterday, with the former throwing four effective innings as he battles for a rotation spot in what would be his first full-season in the major leagues. Phelps threw 46 pitches as he looks to come back from an arm fracture last ended his season seven weeks early last year.

Everyone knows that Ichiro could join a very select club this year if he collects his 3,000th MLB hit, but he is not taking anything for granted as he battles declining production and, perhaps, a much smaller role with the Marlins this season.

A collection of links including Adeiny Hechavarria's thoughts on missing out on the Gold Glove last year and Jarred Cosart's expectations for 2016 can be found here.

Miami's all-time leader in, most notably, wins and strikeouts, Ricky Nolascocomes in 16th in Marlin Maniac's countdown of the best players to wear a Marlins uniform.

Around the League

MLB.com has released a list of the players to watch this season on the defensive side of the ball, and the aforementioned Hechavarria received a nod.

A Spring Training game between the Astros and Nationals yesterday featured the current NL MVP, AL Cy Young winner and AL Rookie of the Year, but ended in a 1-1 tie.

The fewest bases were stolen last year for over 40 years, and one expert has a theory to explain the decline.

Former Marlins free agent target C.J. Wilson will start the season on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness. His 2015 was cut-short by surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow, and he is due $20 million this season.