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Marlins Morning News: Marlins halt three game spring training skid

A strong team effort at the plate was enough to lead the Marlins past the Astros 9-5. Plus links on Miguel Rojas and Wei-Yin Chen.

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Marlins News

Marlins batters flexed their muscles yesterday as they belted three home runs, including shots by Miguel Rojas and Christian Yelich, on the way to victory over Houston in West Palm Beach.

Rojas credits extra preparations during the winter for his solid start to Spring Training at the plate.

Analytics are starting to have more and more of an impact on how Miami manages the roster, and now a starter’s third time through the opposing lineup is under the microscope.

Wei-Yin Chen has admitted that his first year with the Marlins didn’t exactly go to plan. The lefty battled elbow soreness throughout the season and ended the year with a 5-5 record and a 4.96 ERA.

Dee Gordon has a newfound perspective on baseball this season after a difficult 2016, in more ways than one.

Everyone loves prospect stories during Spring Training, and this is a particularly interesting one.

Around the League

Jacoby Ellsbury found the bleacher seats with an impressive homer as the Yankees outscored the Braves 8-7.

The Mariners and Dodgers have swapped prospects as Chase De Jong, LA’s number 16 prospect, is heading to Seattle.

A stiff neck has sidelined Giants catcher Buster Posey, who was planning on participating in the World Baseball Classic next week.

It is fair to say that Atlanta has one of the weirder rosters in the league, with both young prospects and multiple 40 year old veterans.

Those adopting a similar pitching style to David Price are being asked to clarify whether they are working from a windup or not with umpires before they throw with a runner on third base.

All of the rain has taken its toll on Petco Park.