Mets 10, Marlins 0

The Florida Marlins look about as bad on defense as they did

last year.

Ike Davis and Josh Thole homered and the New York Mets took

advantage of Florida’s five early errors to beat the Marlins 10-0


All the Florida errors, including two by star shortstop Hanley

Ramirez, came in the first four innings, helping the Mets score all

their runs.

”It’s a little bit (frustrating), but that’s the way baseball

is,” said starting pitcher Chris Volstad, who gave up three

unearned runs. ”That’s going to happen. I’m going to make my share

of errors, too. There’s nothing you can really do. You just have to

keep pitching, keep trying to execute and not try to get too worked


The Marlins committed 123 errors last season, fifth-most in the


Davis went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and scored twice. Thole had

two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.

”He’s swinging much better,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

”Early in camp, he was struggling. He’d get on his front side too


Luis Castillo and Angel Pagan had two hits apiece.

Mets starter Jon Niese gave up three hits and one walk while

striking out four in 4 2-3 innings.

Volstad, the projected fifth starter for Florida, lasted just

three innings after allowing six runs, three earned, seven hits and

one walk. He struck out two.

”I threw that one bad pitch, a hanging changeup to Ike Davis.

Just mechanicals slowed up a little bit, and I was up in the

zone,” Volstad said. ”Other than that, I thought I was down. I

got a lot of awkward swings, couple broken bats, ground balls. In

the beginning I had a ground ball through the hole, a chopper over

the first baseman’s head, not much I can do. I felt good, just have

to keep it going.”

NOTES: Mets backup catcher Ronny Paulino arrived in Port St.

Lucie and is expected in camp Saturday. He was delayed in the

Dominican Republic because of visa issues related to his 50-game

suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He

still has to serve eight more games. … Marlins third baseman Wes

Helms was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore

shoulder. He made the trip with the team but did not play. … The

Marlins optioned right-handed pitchers Jose Ceda, Chris Hatcher,

Evan Reed, Omar Poveda and Arquimedes Caminero to minor league camp

and reassigned lefty Chad James to minor league camp. … Mets

infielders Ruben Tejada, Zach Lutz and Jordany Valdespin,

outfielder Fernando Martinez and right-handed pitchers Armando

Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Manny Alvarez were optioned to minor

league camp. In addition, right-handers John Lujan and Tobi Stoner,

catcher Kai Gronauer and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis were

reassigned to minor league camp.