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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Mike Redmond
Coming off surgery to his throwing elbow, Rafael Furcal showed the Miami Marlins he can still deliver a sales pitch.
Henderson Alvarez retired all nine batters he faced in his first start since pitching a no-hitter on the final day last season, leading the Miami Marlins to a 7-3 victory over a Cardinals split-squad Friday.
Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia liked the Miami fashion sense of pitcher Jose Fernandez so much that he stole the purple jeans and gold high-top sneakers the young pitcher wore to the ballpark.
Jose Fernandez had trouble sleeping before his latest start.
With one start, Minnesota Twins newcomer Phil Hughes is already making progress more quickly than a year ago.
Doug Fister struck out the first two batters he faced in his spring debut with Washington, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 Sunday.
Given an invitation to make the roster after injury-plagued seasons, John Lannan and Kevin Slowey both took positive steps Saturday in their spring debuts.
St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn says he hasn't experienced any ill effects following his first 200-inning major league season. Judging by his first outing of the spring, it's easy to believe him.
Hours before taking the mound Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Jose Fernandez crossed paths with manager Mike Redmond in the Miami Marlins clubhouse.
Ty Wigginton hit a solo home run and the Miami Marlins beat Florida International 9-5 on Thursday.
The Miami Marlins want newcomer Carlos Marmol to keep pitching the way he has been.
It appears the Washington Nationals aren't the only major league team using drone cameras to film their practices at spring training.
Marlins players are now permitted to grow facial hair, as long as they keep it clean, so says manager Mike Redmond.
The Miami Marlins are hoping a new policy on beards doesn't become too hairy.
A rash of injuries during the final week of spring training last year forced the Miami Marlins to add then 20-year-old right-hander Jose Fernandez to its starting rotation.
"With Rafy at the top of the order getting on base, it takes some pressure off our young guys," manager Mike Redmond said. "We don't want to have to rely on 21- and 22-year-old kids to carry the offense."
"He comes to the office, and man, when he left Mike and I looked at each other and I said, 'I'm ready to charge through the wall.'