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Marlins Cruise Past Rays 4-2
- Updated: March 14, 2012
By: George Harvey
The Miami Marlins cruised past the in-state rival Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in a spectacular spring training matchup.
For the Fish, Austin Kearns hit a ball deep to left-center field, causing a collision between BJ Upton and Desmond Jennings. The ball popped out of Upton’s glove and Kearns ended up having an inside the park three run homer.
Both outfielders were removed from the game and appeared to be OK.
Anibal Sanchez made his first start of the spring and held the Rays scoreless on two hits through two innings. The right-hander struck out four, throwing 29 pitches, 20 of which were strikes.
“I feel good, [and] that’s the most important thing,” Sanchez said. “I know that’s what they’re looking for in this outing, how I feel. I didn’t try to do too much. Everything was working good, [and] the pitches moved a lot today. … I threw everything — a lot of fastballs. … Everything’s working good.”
Next Game The Marlins will be tomorrow at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter against the New York Mets at 1:05pm ET. Josh Johnson will take the mound for the Marlins.
- Giancarlo Stanton is still sore from Sunday’s game against the Mets, when he was hit on the left wrist by a fastball. Stanton will be out a couple more days.
- Logan Morrison hadn’t played since the Marlins defeat the University of Miami, because he felt soreness in his knees. He made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday as went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, but felt some soreness again in his knees Wednesday morning.
- Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, but could be back to the lineup next week. Click here to read more.
- Sean West has cleared waivers and been sent outright to New Orleans. Click here to read more.
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