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Marlins Morning News: Chen sharp in debut; AJ Ramos not so much

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Marlins News

The Marlins lost to the Mets 3-1 yesterday. Wei-Yin Chen had a nice spring debut; A.J. Ramos, on the other hand, gave up a pair of homers. Manager Don Mattingly expects Chen to bounce back this year. Chen, for his part, was encouraged by the start.

A.J. Ellis was scratched with a tight hamstring. His WBC plans could be in jeopardy, as his priority is to be healthy for the Marlins. However, the injury is believed to be minor.

The Marlins won’t just miss Jose Fernandez’s arm or presence, the Herald notes. Fernàndez’s family wants his newborn daughter to be the sole beneficiary of his estate and in the meantime must prepare for a potentially messy legal battle.

Despite losing their clear-cut ace, Tom Koehler argues that the rotation may be the deepest he’s seen since he’s been with the team.

Today’s game will be shown live at 1 PM on MLB Network. The boys are back in games that count in just 33 days.

Around the League

The Marlins’ opposing starter today, Chris Devenski of the Astros, could be poised for a big season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA are mulling more rule changes to speed up pace-of-play.

As sixteen nations gear up for the World Baseball Classic, take a look at some of the notable future stars who emerged in the tournament, along with other memorable moments.

Joe Blanton signed a one-year deal with the Nationals, bolstering their bullpen.

The Mets’ captain, David Wright, has shoulder impingement and will be limited to DH duties as he continues his way back from neck surgery last June.

Matt Moore had a dominant spring debut yesterday for the Giants.

Rangers’ third-base coach Tony Beasley has recovered from cancer and is back inspiring the team.