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Marlins Morning News: Koehler has mixed day

The rotation stalwart struck out seven Mets yesterday over 5.2 innings, but a five-run sixth knocked him out of the game. Plus links on Marcell Ozuna and Jeff Locke.

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Marlins News

Tom Koehler went toe-to-toe with Zack Wheeler and breezed through five innings yesterday before the wheels fell off in the sixth, resulting in a 5-0 loss. Despite the result, Don Mattingly feels that his squad is ready for the season to start.

Once again, if the Marlins are in the thick of the playoff hunt when the trade deadline rolls around, they will be buyers, especially when it comes to pitching.

The roster deadline for Opening Day is on Sunday, and Miami has yet to decide who will man the back of the rotation. Adam Conley, Justin Nicolino, and Jose Urena are all still in the running.

2016 was an All-Star year for Marcell Ozuna, although his production seriously declined after the Mid-Summer Classic. As a result, the outfielder is aiming to produce at a high level at the plate for the Marlins all season long.

Despite feeling good after throwing on Saturday, lefty Jeff Locke is likely to miss the first month of the season as he battles back from bicep tendinitis.

What are the main talking points as the Marlins start the 2017 regular season?

Around the League

Bryce Harper may just be back; he has now clubbed eight homers during Spring Training, which is most in the league.

A rejuvenated Yadier Molina has stated that he will welcome becoming a free agent if the Cardinals cannot negotiate a contract extension with the catcher before they open the season against the Cubs.

Discussing buyers and sellers at the Deadline already? Why not.

Yoenis Cespedes has declared that he desires a World Series ring more than an MVP trophy, clearing up what he said to reporters a few weeks ago.

It has been ruled that the Cleveland Indians are not responsible for the injuries a fan sustained from a foul ball in 2012.

Enjoy the lack of dominance by the Yankees in the AL East while you can, as they look set to come back in a big way.