Marlins 8, Mets 8

Matt Harvey didn’t mind that it felt more like he was pitching

in New York than in Florida.

Harvey gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian

Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings,

and the New York Mets and Miami tied 8-8 on Saturday.

”It was a little cold, a little tough getting a grip on the

ball, but I have to get used to it,” Harvey said on a day when

temperatures hovered in the upper 50s and low 60s. ”I did a lot of

good things, did a lot of bad things. Still have some work to do,

but other than that, everything feels good.”

Harvey, who said he grew up pitching in snow in Connecticut,

allowed one run, three hits and walked one. He immediately settled

in after Yelich’s home run, retiring five in a row – including

three strikeouts.

”Obviously, the competitive edge doesn’t want to give up any

hits or runs or anything like that, but at the same time it’s

throwing some pitches I wouldn’t throw in certain counts and I

think in the third inning I kind of backed up some changeups

there,” Harvey said.

Marlins starter Alex Sanabia, who is competing to be the team’s

No. 5 starter, pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed just one

base runner – Marlon Byrd, who reached on an error, and threw one

wild pitch.

”It was good to go out there and get a few more innings in,”

Sanabia said. ”Pretty much, it’s just go out there and perform and

get outs. That’s pretty much my main purpose is to throw strikes

and get outs.”

While the first batter Harvey faced homered, Sanabia was bailed

out when center fielder Jake Marisnick made a nice catch to rob

Mets leadoff hitter Collin Cowgill of a would-be extra base


”That was awesome,” Sanabia said. ”I thought that ball was

over his head or maybe out because (Cowgill) squared that ball up.

But him catching that, instead of a guy being on second or third,

it’s one out, bases empty. It was definitely a huge play.”

Yelich continued his hot start, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs, two

runs scored and two walks. He’s hitting .462 (6 of 13) in seven

games. First baseman Joe Mahoney hit two home runs and had four

RBIs for the Marlins.

Mets right fielder Lucas Duda homered and had two hits, one day

after being scratched from the lineup for an undisclosed medial


Duda, who had offseason wrist surgery and was 1 for 10 coming

into the game, downplayed Saturday’s success.

”There’s no difference,” Duda said. ”I just think seeing more

live pitching is a big factor. … Just like when I went 0 for 4

with four strikeouts and today 2 for 3 it’s just one day. Just keep

working hard throughout the spring and get better.”

NOTES: Marlins third baseman Chone Figgins made two errors – one

throwing and one fielding. . Harvey said he paid close attention to

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who threw in Port St.

Lucie on Friday. Harvey said his goal this season is to hit the

200-inning mark, which Verlander has done six straight years. …

Mets starter Shaun Marcum, who has not pitched since the spring

opener on Feb. 23, will pitch in a minor league game in Jupiter on

Tuesday. Relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano also are

scheduled to pitch in that game.