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Miami Marlins morning news: Chen named Opening Day starter

The Marlins have chosen Wei-Yin Chen to start on Opening Day, and have named Jose Fernandez the starter for the second game. Plus notes on Don Kelly, David Phelps, and more.

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The Marlins have penciled in big free agency haul Wei-Yin Chen to start on Opening Day, and have named Jose Fernandez the starter for the following game.

Miami's Saturday match-up against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled due to rain. The Grapefruit League contest was called in the second inning due to unplayable conditions.

Pitcher David Phelps hopes to bring both reliability and versatility to the Marlins in 2016. The 29-year-old's season was cut short last season after sustaining a stress fracture in August.

The freak injuries Don Kelly has suffered over the years won't stop him. He's responded well to the setbacks he's received, and hopes to work towards a roster spot.

Around the League

The Cardinals have signed former Mets infielder Ruben Tejada to a one-year deal. Tejada will most likely be used for depth and defensive help.

Reliever Rafael Soriano announced his retirement Sunday, walking away from baseball after enduring 14 seasons with six teams. The 36-year-old's decision was mainly aided by the fact that he had yet to report to the minor leagues due to visa issues.

As the Adam LaRoche retirement fiasco/saga continues, South Side Sox collected more details surrounding the situation.

A sitting United States President has not visited the baseball haven country of Cuba in nearly a century. That'll all change soon, as President Barack Obama will head to Cuba along with the MLB. As the relationship between the two nations is getting better, we may see more of these trips, and Nationals manager Dusty Baker sure hopes so.