Marlins hang on for first spring win as Cardinals rally falls short

BY foxsports • February 28, 2014

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jose Fernandez struck out two in two scoreless innings Friday, and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in the spring training opener for both teams.

Fernandez, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, pitched around his own error and was helped by a diving catch by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton that robbed Allen Craig of a hit. Fernandez allowed a single by Yadier Molina and an infield hit by Shane Robinson.

"He doesn't care whether it's a regular-season game or a spring training game," Redmond said. "He just can't wait to get out there."

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez went three innings and allowed two runs, both coming when Garrett Jones homered in his first at-bat with the Marlins.

Matt Adams and Peter Bourjos had RBI singles for St. Louis, and Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

STARTING TIME

Marlins: Before the game, Fernandez crossed out an illustration of the Cardinals mascot on the message board in the team's clubhouse. Underneath he wrote "muerto" -- Spanish for "death."

"I don't like anybody who's not on my team when I'm playing baseball," Fernandez said.

He threw 23 strikes in 32 pitches. What was he working on?

"Not giving up any runs. Very important," he said. "I felt good out there and was happy to be back on the mound."

Cardinals: Martinez hung a slider on the pitch Jones hit for a homer. Otherwise the right-hander was pleased with his efficiency after throwing 36 pitches, 25 for strikes.

"I felt pretty good," Martinez said. "All my pitches were working."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia returned to camp after receiving a cortisone shot in his sore left shoulder. He's expected to be out at least 10 days.

Reliever Jason Motte threw a bullpen session as he comes back from ligament replacement surgery in his elbow. Motte hopes to be ready for opening day.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny watched top outfield prospect Oscar Taveres run on Thursday and said his surgically-repaired ankle is still "not quite there." Matheny wants Taveras to be 100 percent before inserting him into a spring lineup.

Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, recovering from a shin infection, played catch on the side. He's still a few days away from pitching in a game, manager Mike Redmond said.

HOLIDAY FOR HOLLIDAY

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday sat out, and to avoid overworking the veteran, Matheny plans to ease him into games, perhaps as a DH Saturday. Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta also had the day off.

PRACTICING REPLAY

Major League Baseball isn't scheduled to bring the replay system to Roger Dean Stadium until later this spring, but the Cardinals are already practicing for it. A video staffer was assigned to monitor the MLB Network broadcast of the opener and relay information about potential challenges to the dugout.


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