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Marlins rookie Marisnick finally gets 1st hit

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MIAMI (AP)

(Eds: Updates with result of game. With AP Photos.)By STEVEN WINEAP Sports Writer

With his first big-league hit, Miami Marlins rookie Jake Marisnick hiked his career batting average to .063.

The 22-year-old center fielder went 0-for-12 in his first three big-league games in Colorado, then finally managed a single in the sixth inning Friday against Pittsburgh. He finished 1 for 4 in Miami's 2-0 victory.

''I think he's finally going to be able to sleep tonight,'' manager Mike Redmond said.

Marisnick was acquired in the Marlins' blockbuster trade last November with Toronto. He said he started slowly every time he climbed the minor-league ladder to a new team.

''All the promotions I've had, I kind of went through a little bit of a struggle,'' he said before Friday's game. ''I just get there and try to do too much instead of just letting myself play.''

Marisnick and top prospect Christian Yelich, 21, were recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make their big-league debuts Tuesday. Yelich singled in his first at-bat and went 4-for-12 in his first three games.

As the Marlins began a 10-game homestand, Marisnick and Yelich were finding their way around the team's ballpark, which opened last year. Both were impressed with the luxurious clubhouse, and Marisnick was excited to see the notoriously roomy outfield.

''It's a beautiful field,'' said Marisnick, whose speed and defense won him raves in the minors. ''I'm looking forward to running around out there. It gets me fired up.''

Marisnick, left fielder Yelich and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton give the Marlins three starting outfielders 23 or younger. They also have 22-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who was batting .265 when a left thumb injury Monday ended his season.

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