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The 2-0 Marlins visit First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida for assorted activities, and a game against the Mets.

Braxton Lee at the AFL all-star game.
Braxton Lee will start today in right field, batting seventh.
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Today at 1:10 PM EST, the Marlins will visit First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, FL to take on their in-division rivals, the New York Mets.

This is the first time that Miami has faced the Mets this spring, and the 2-0 Marlins hope to extend their spring training-opening win-streak against the 1-1 club from the Big Apple. Unfortunately, for the Marlins thus far, these wins don’t count in the standings. They do, however count for the guys trying to squeeze their way onto Miami’s opening day roster.

RHP Tyler Cloyd will get the start on the bump for the Marlins. In 20 major league games over parts of three seasons, Cloyd has racked up a 5-9 record over 17 starts, with a 5.92 ERA and an opposing batting average of .307.

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The Marlins will get their first look at Tyler Cloyd, starting today against the Mets.
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Starting in left field, Derek Dietrich has gone 0-for-2 this spring, and center fielder Lewis Brinson is one-for-two with a double. Second baseman Starlin Castro is also one-for-two, and third baseman Brian Anderson is 0-for-4. Monte Harrison, serving as the designated hitter, is 0-for-2 this spring, as is today's right fielder Braxton Lee. First baseman Garrett Cooper and catcher Austin Nola are making their first appearances, and shortstop Yadiel Rivera is two-for-two.

Cloyd is scheduled for two innings this afternoon, to be followed by an assortment of pitchers drawn from Miguel Del Pozo, Zac Gallen, Pablo Lopez, Ben Meyer, Justin Nicolino, and Trevor Richards, although it’s come to light that Richards probably will not pitch until tomorrow.

Spring Training thread question: Where will Miguel Rojas start this year? In the lineup, on the bench, or with the Baby Cakes? My money is on the bench, as Miami’s super-utility-infielder.