Given an invitation to make the roster after injury-plagued seasons, John Lannan and Kevin Slowey both took positive steps Saturday in their spring debuts. Lannan and Slowey each threw two scoreless innings while giving up one hit as the Miami Marlins topped the New York Mets 9-1.
Gio Gonzalez won 21 games last year while helping the Washington Nationals possess the best ERA in the league on their way to the NL East title.
Washington left fielder Bryce Harper didn’t stay around to see the Nationals lose to the Miami Marlins in extra innings on Saturday night.
Jeff Mathis hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Miami Marlins over the San Diego Padres 6-2.
When Jacob Turner had wrapped up the first complete game of his career, he accepted a pat on the stomach from his first baseman, gave his catcher a slap on the shoulder and then greeted manager Mike Redmond with uncharacteristic bravado.
Placido Polanco homered for the first time in more than a year and Jeff Mathis hit his first since last August, helping the Miami Marlins overcome a three-run deficit Wednesday in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo left the team without permission and was placed on the restricted list, manager Mike Redmond said Saturday.
The Miami Marlins are inept this season, but the true problems facing manager Mike Redmond could possibly overwhelm even the greatest of managers.
One game into spring training and the Marlins are already down a catcher.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the ninth and Colby Rasmus had a grand slam later in the inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.