The Marlins broke their three game losing-streak on days I write this column (sort of), beating the Nationals 4-2 in a split squad game in West Palm Beach. Scott Copeland gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings. Matt den Dekker went 1-4 with a double and two RBI. AJ Ellis returned from his hamstring injury and went 1-3 with a run scored.
Meanwhile, in Jupiter, the Marlins lost 7-3 to the Astros, but Giancarlo Stanton hit his second spring home run. Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez gave up three runs in five innings pitched in his final spring start. See interviews with Volquez and Stanton here. Fox Sports Florida has your recap here, along with a preview of the Marlins’ April schedule. Don Mattingly sums up his team’s spring training.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro thinks Christian Yelich’s performance in the WBC could signify he’s ready to become a star. Marlins Mania has some bold predictions for Yelich as well as David Phelps, whom the Sun-Sentinel says could be the Marlins’ version of Andrew Miller. ESPN Insider predicts the Marlins’ 2017 record. CBS Miami is cautiously optimistic.
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