Mets 6, Marlins 3

New York Mets newcomer Chris Young did fine in his final test

and was relieved to come out of spring training totally


The Mets’ No. 4 starter overcame a rocky third inning Wednesday

to finish strong in a 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins. The

exhibition finale for both teams was a preview to their opener

Friday night in Florida.

Young walked three and gave up two doubles, including an RBI hit

by Chris Coghlan, while allowing two earned runs in the third, but

held the Marlins scoreless through the remainder of his five-inning


The former San Diego Padres pitcher missed most of last season

with a strained right shoulder.

”I felt I was capable of it (a healthy spring), but you never

know until you go through it. And certainly as spring progressed, I

continued to feel very, very good, if not better each time out,”

said Young, who finished with a 1.78 ERA. ”I got up to 100-plus

pitches and I feel strong and ready to go. I’m happy with my stuff,

happy with my mechanics, happy with my health.”

After Coghlan’s double and Logan Morrison’s sacrifice fly gave

the Marlins a 2-0 lead, Young got out of a bases-loaded jam by

fanning Wes Helms with two outs. He didn’t give up a hit after


David Wright had an RBI single in the third as the Mets tied


The loss was the first for the Marlins in their last 11 games,

as they finished the spring at 15-15-1, with the tie coming March

23 against the Braves.

”I will think about that game,” Marlins manager Edwin

Rodriguez joked.

Rodriguez set his opening day lineup Wednesday, but the biggest

focus early in the season will be on outfielder Mike Stanton, who

missed nearly a month because of a quad strain. He was 0 for 3

Wednesday but finished the spring with a .389 average and 10


”He seems like he’s ready to go,” Rodriguez said. ”He’s been

taking very good at-bats, he’s been taking close pitches with two

strikes and that’s a very good sign.”

NOTES: Marlins C John Baker was placed on the 60-man disabled

list as he continues to rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery last

September. The moved cleared one more spot on the 40-man roster,

which was completed when 3B Donnie Murphy and backup INF Greg Dobbs

signed major league contracts and were added. … The Marlins have

acquired INF Jim Negrych for minor league C Carlos Paulino. The

26-year-old Negrych split time between Double-A and Triple-A last

year, while the 21-year-old Paulino played at the Class-A level in

2010 with Greensboro (64 games) and Jupiter (three games).