Florida at Washington


    Marlins 4, Nationals 1

    CBSSports.com wire reports

    VIERA, Fla. -- Alejandro De Aza is off to another spectacular spring start for the Florida Marlins.

    This year the team hopes it will get to see how good he is in the regular season, too.

    De Aza led off the game with a homer and drove in two runs as a Florida Marlins split squad beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Friday.

    "He had a terrific spring last year and that's why he made the club out of spring training, and then he hurt himself and we didn't get to see what he was capable of," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This year he's coming in and making an impression. He's coming along and hopefully it comes down to a tough decision at the end of the spring."

    The 23-year-old outfielder made the Marlins out of camp last season, but he broke his right ankle after nine games and missed four months.

    De Aza hit a grand slam against the Orioles on Thursday and two hits and an RBI on Tuesday.

    Ricky Nolasco started for the Marlins and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits. Burke Badenhop worked two innings for the save.

    The Marlins used six pitchers, including Chris Volstad, Lee Gardner, Ross Wolf and Doug Waechter. The group allowed just seven hits and one unearned run -- in the fifth inning.

    "We walked just three guys, we were throwing strikes and when that happens the defense looks good," Gonzalez said.

    Tyler Clippard started for the Nationals, allowing one run on two hits.

    "My command is not where I want it to be yet," Clippard said. "I felt strong and made some quality pitches, but obviously there is still some work there to be done."

    Mike Bascik, who was 5-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 29 appearances last season, gave up two runs on three hits in one inning for the Nationals.

    "I threw four pitches and three guys were on," Bacsik said. "They weren't waiting to see what I had today ... It was one of those games."

    For the Marlins, Mike Jacobs was 1-for-2 with a single and two walks, and Jeremy Hermida drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Florida also scored a run on a wild pitch by Charlie Manning in the eighth inning.

    For the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman was 2-for-2 with two singles, Nick Johnson was 1-for-2 with a single and Bret Boone was 1-for-2 with a double.


    Nationals outfielder Rob Mackowiak came out of the game in the sixth inning with weakness in his right abdomen after he rounded first base. Mackowiak reached on an error, but came up hurt after rounding first base. Mackowiak, who underwent offseason surgery for a double sports hernia, is day to day. ... Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin left in the ninth inning with tightness in his left hamstring after reaching first on an error by shortstop Felipe Lopez. ... Both Nationals shortstops, Cristian Guzman and Lopez, committed an error.
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    Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
    Florida Marlins
    Alejandro De Aza, CF3122000 .600
        Cameron Maybin, CF2000001 .222
        Paul Hoover, PR-LF0000000 .000
    Robert Andino, SS4000003 .125
        Rex Rundgren, SS1000001 .000
    Jeremy Hermida, RF2001001 .000
        Brett Carroll, RF-CF1110000 .750
    Mike Jacobs, DH2010201 .600
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000023 .143
    Jose Castillo, 3B3000001 .000
        Lee Mitchell, 3B1000001 .333
    Chris Coghlan, 2B4000002 .000
    Matt Treanor, C2120000 .500
        Chris Hatcher, C2000000 .000
    Jorge Piedra, LF-RF4120001 .333
    2B - Brett Carroll (1, Manning), Matt Treanor (1, Clippard), Jorge Piedra (1, Bacsik)
    HR - Alejandro De Aza (2, Clippard)
    SF - Jeremy Hermida (1)
    RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (6), Jeremy Hermida (1)
    SB - Alejandro De Aza (1, 2nd base off Bacsik/Nieves), Mike Jacobs (1, 2nd base off Stanford/Nieves)
    Team LOB - 7
    E - Gaby Sanchez 2 (2, Throwing)
    Florida Marlins
    Ricky Nolasco (W,1-0) 2300000 0.00
    Chris Volstad 2200000 0.00
    Lee Gardner (H,1) 1110010 0.00
    Ross Wolf (H,1) 1000100 0.00
    Doug Waechter (H,1) 1000110 0.00
    Burke Badenhop (S,1) 2100100 0.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 1-5, Chris Volstad 2-4, Lee Gardner 2-1, Ross Wolf 2-2, Doug Waechter 2-0, Burke Badenhop 3-3
    Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 9, Chris Volstad 8, Lee Gardner 5, Ross Wolf 5, Doug Waechter 4, Burke Badenhop 8
    Washington Nationals
    Cristian Guzman, SS3000000 .167
        Felipe Lopez, SS2000000 .250
    Lastings Milledge, CF3000011 .333
        Ryan Langerhans, CF-RF1000100 .000
    Ryan Zimmerman, 3B20200001.000
        Kory Casto, PR-3B3000012 .200
    Nick Johnson, 1B2010001 .333
        Matt Whitney, 1B2000002 .000
    Austin Kearns, DH2000002 .000
       a- Bret Boone, PH-DH2010000 .500
    Wily Mo Pena, LF2010000 .500
        Elijah Dukes, LF-CF1000101 .333
    Alex Escobar, RF2000001 .000
        Rob Mackowiak, RF1000000 .000
        Justin Maxwell, PR0000000 .000
        Frank Diaz, LF1000001 .000
    Ronnie Belliard, 2B2010001 .500
        Willie Harris, 2B1000102 .000
    Wil Nieves, C2110001 .250
        Chad Moeller, C2000004 .000
    a-grounded out for Kearns in the 6th
    2B - Bret Boone (1, Badenhop), Wil Nieves (1, Gardner)
    Team LOB - 11
    DP - Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson
    E - Mike Bacsik Jr. (1, Throwing), Cristian Guzman (1, Misplayed grounder), Felipe Lopez (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Washington Nationals
    Tyler Clippard (L,0-1) 2211101 4.50
    Jason Stanford 2100010 0.00
    Mike Bacsik Jr. 1322000 18.00
    Jim Ed Warden 1000010 0.00
    Tristan Crawford 1100000 0.00
    Charlie Manning 1111100 9.00
    Saul Rivera 1000000 0.00
    WP - Tyler Clippard (1), Charlie Manning (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Clippard 2-4, Jason Stanford 3-2, Jim Ed Warden 2-0, Tristan Crawford 1-2, Charlie Manning 1-2, Saul Rivera 3-1
    Batters Faced - Tyler Clippard 9, Jason Stanford 7, Mike Bacsik Jr. 6, Jim Ed Warden 3, Tristan Crawford 4, Charlie Manning 5, Saul Rivera 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 2233
    Game Time - 2:38
    Temperature - 68
    Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Ed Hickox