The Marlins won in West Palm Beach for the second time in as many days, out-slugging the Nationals on Tuesday night, 4-3. Home runs by Joe Dunand and Adam Duvall accounted for most of Miami’s offense.
Facing a Nats lineup that featured many of the expected Opening Day starters, Trevor Rogers racked up five strikeouts in his four innings of work. It was nearly a scoreless effort from the large left-hander, but Lewis Brinson got a poor read on Kyle Schwarber’s fly ball to right, turning it into an RBI double. Rogers allegedly topped out at 96 miles per hour on his fastball (no Statcast set up at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, unfortunately).
Probable starting pitchers for Wednesday are Sandy Alcantara and Joey Lucchesi. For the first time this spring, the Marlins will forgo the designated hitter so that Alcantara can get used to batting for himself. His first pitch at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, and Hector Rodriguez (@Hector_Baseball) will be in the building providing credentialed coverage. Radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.
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Marlins Park promotions
With two weeks to spare until the start of the regular season, the Marlins say that the first half of their promotional schedule (applying to April, May and June home games) will be announced on Wednesday. Alcantara and Jorge Alfaro bobbleheads are among the fan giveaways, as the video above confirms. Single-game tickets already went on sale March 5, but this ought to accelerate their sales.
Check here later in the day for specifics.
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- Noted Marlins die-hard Danny Martinez is looking to unload two Opening Day tickets at a great value.
- Yimi García and James Hoyt now have their own articles in the 2021 Marlins Season Preview.
- The Miami Herald floats the possibility of the Marlins optioning Hoyt to make room in the bullpen for their Rule 5 guys and spring sensation Anthony Bender.
- Andy Slater is this week’s guest on Marlins Barbecue.
- The Fish Across the Pond crew reluctantly ponders what the Marlins will do if there’s no universal designated hitter.
- MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola had a front row seat as Kameron Misner and Peyton Burdick each homered in Tuesday’s Marlins prospects intrasquad game.
- After a frustrating 2020 campaign, Nick Neidert is reportedly making a strong impression on MLB evaluators.
- The Marlins have cracked the top eight in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of the best farm systems.
- Mainline Marlins gets to know Double-A Pensacola’s Katie Florio.
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