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Miami Marlins links, 4/17/18: Caleb Smith struggles, J.T. Realmuto’s return, Brinson benched

Tuesdays links after a rough loss.

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Stanton and Yankees have the first laugh

Caleb Smith and Tyler Cloyd combine to pitch 5 23 innings and allowed 11 runs, leading up to a final score of 12-1. The Marlins were out of the game after about the third inning when the Yankees grew their lead to five runs. Miami’s first hit came in the fourth after Miguel Rojas opened the inning up with a double. The Marlins were able to add a run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning.

Caleb Smith was unable to find the strike zone, which is something he also suffered from in his start against the Phillies this year. If Smith continues to pitch like this, he may find himself out of the rotation. Veterans Dan Straily and Wei-Yin Chen have been progressing toward rejoining the active roster.

J.T. Realmuto possibly making his season debut tonight

J.T. joined the Marlins the in New York after one rehab game and was on hand for batting practice signaling that he's fully healed from his bone bruise suffered during spring training. With J.T. likely starting tonight look for the Marlins to get rid of Bryan Holaday, Tomás Telis, and Chad Wallach, with Chad Wallach being the likeliest to be sent down as he still has a minor league options available.

Lewis Brinson out

Don Mattingly is giving Lewis Brinson a few days off as he won't play tonight after not playing yesterday either. Brinson is going through a bad slump in April, hitting 3-for-44 (.068) with 16 strikeouts. Chances are the Marlins top rookie will be manning center field when the Fish play Milwaukee on Thursday.

Mini Marlins are on a roll

While the major league team is struggling and desperately playing for its fifth victory. The Jupiter Hammerheads are doing pretty well for themselves, the Hammerheads are 8-3 on the season and the future looks bright if prospects like Joe Dunand pan out. Although its still early Dunand has a .371/.446/.643 slash line while pacing the FSL in hits and total bases.

Meanwhile in Greensboro, No. 12 prospect Edward Cabrera pitched six no-hit innings, lowering his ERA from 1.80 to 0.82 on the season.

Legendary lineup

Sports card grading service Beckett is presenting a team-by-team reveal of classic Topps baseball cards. Their Marlins lineup includes Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Dontrelle Willis and all the other most impactful players in franchise history.

2002 Topps 206 #415 Dontrelle Willis PROS RC

Marlins look to get even

The Marlins and Yankees face off again tonight at 6:35p.m. Jarlin García is making his second career start and he's hoping to improve on his no-hit bid last time out. On the opposite side, Masahiro Tanaka has had a pretty rough season thus far with a 5.19 ERA.