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    Astros 9, Marlins 2

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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Ricky Nolasco insists he is making progress.

    Slowed by a sore thumb early in spring training, Nolasco is trying to catch up. He was hit hard in his second start, giving up eight hits and seven runs over two innings in the Florida Marlins' 9-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday.

    "Even though the results were terrible, I honestly felt three or four times better than I did in my first start," Nolasco said.

    In his first start on March 13, Nolasco was tagged for four runs in 1 2-3 innings against the Nationals.

    Nolasco, the projected No. 2 starter, missed the last month of the 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has recovered from surgery and said the knee is fine.

    Manager Edwin Rodriguez said there are no plans to start Nolasco later in April to give him more time to prepare.

    "I would say the next start will dictate where we're at," Rodrigeuz said. "We have to be fair with him and see where he is at. The first two outings he is just getting a feel for his pitches."

    Nolasco said he wasn't concerned that his velocity topped out at 89 mph.

    "If you want to see me throw 94 right now, it's not going to happen," he said. "It's my second start. I don't know if people want to see me go out there and try to throw harder. As long as I feel good, that's all that matters."

    Nolasco went 14-9 last year, then signed a three-year, $26.5 million contract that will pay him $6 million this year. He knows he's behind the rest of the Marlins' starters but he said he'll be ready to go on April 2.

    "I'm not down on myself, I'm not panicking. No matter how good I did last year and how I'm starting off a little slow right now, I haven't changed my mind set at all or worried about anything," he said. "My arm feels great. I feel like I'm under control."

    Astros left-hander J.A. Happ allowed an unearned run on four hits in five innings, his longest start of the spring.

    "I was really trying to get a feel for the two-seam fastball today," Happ said, adding that he got a boost out of Houston's early lead. "It's always a nice thing, even in spring. It's definitely nice to get spotted."

    Wilton Lopes, Houston's setup man, pitched another scoreless inning. He hasn't allowed a hit in six innings this spring.

     
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    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF4122001 .256
        Brian Bogusevic, LF1000000 .237
    Clint Barmes, SS4110002 .227
        Tommy Manzella, SS1000000 .310
    Hunter Pence, RF4011022 .357
        Drew Locke, RF1000000 .333
    Brett Wallace, 1B4121012 .364
        Oswaldo Navarro, 1B1000000 .136
    Chris Johnson, 3B4021002 .359
        Enrique Hernandez, PR-3B11100001.000
    J.B. Shuck, LF-CF3211102 .281
       a- Chris Wallace, PH1000000 .500
        T.J. Steele, CF0000000 .188
    J.R. Towles, C4110002 .357
        Carlos Corporan, C1000011 .438
    Humberto Quintero, DH3120010 .391
       b- Delino Deshields Jr., PH-DH10110001.000
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B4112011 .286
    Totals42915916  
    a-grounded out for Shuck in the 9th
    b-singled for Quintero in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Michael Bourn (2, Nolasco), Hunter Pence (3, Nolasco), Brett Wallace (6, Villanueva), Chris Johnson (2, Villanueva)
    3B - Michael Bourn (1, Villanueva)
    HR - J.B. Shuck (1, Nolasco)
    RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (4), Hunter Pence (5), Brett Wallace (13), Chris Johnson (9), J.B. Shuck (2), Delino Deshields Jr. (1), Anderson Hernandez 2 (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Brett Wallace (5), Chris Johnson (1), Delino Deshields Jr. (1)
    SB - J.B. Shuck (1, 2nd base off Nolasco/Buck)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Barmes-A. Hernandez-Wallace, Manzella-A. Hernandez-Navarro
    E - Chris Johnson (3, Throwing)
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    J.A. Happ (W,2-1) 5410410 2.08
    Wilton Lopez (H,3) 1000010 0.00
    Enerio Del Rosario (H,3) 1000010 0.00
    Ross Wolf (H,2) 1100100 2.25
    Wesley Wright 1211000 12.00
    Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 37-21, Wilton Lopez 5-5, Enerio Del Rosario 5-5, Ross Wolf 7-3, Wesley Wright 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 7-7, Wilton Lopez 1-1, Enerio Del Rosario 2-0, Ross Wolf 1-1, Wesley Wright 2-1
    Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 23, Wilton Lopez 3, Enerio Del Rosario 3, Ross Wolf 4, Wesley Wright 5
    Florida Marlins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Emilio Bonifacio, CF5021003 .250
    Ozzie Martinez, 2B5010003 .265
    Hanley Ramirez, SS2000002 .361
        Wes Helms, 3B-1B2000000 .150
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B2100210 .438
        Tim Torres, PR-3B0000000 .313
    John Buck, C2000102 .206
        Clint Sammons, C1010000 .300
    Greg Dobbs, DH4011011 .400
    Donnie Murphy, 3B-SS4110002 .222
    Josh Kroeger, LF2000100 .147
        John Raynor, LF1000001 .294
    Scott Cousins, RF3010111 .209
    Totals3327253  
    Batting
    2B - Donnie Murphy (2, Wright)
    RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (3), Greg Dobbs (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (1), Greg Dobbs (2)
    SB - Emilio Bonifacio (4, 2nd base off Happ/Towles)
    Team LOB - 9
    Florida Marlins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ricky Nolasco (L,0-2) 2.1877111 24.75
    Frank Mata 0.2100000 0.00
    Elih Villanueva 4522040 1.38
    Edward Mujica 1000000 7.88
    Leo Nunez 1100010 2.25
    Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 24-17, Frank Mata 3-3, Elih Villanueva 25-25, Edward Mujica 3-3, Leo Nunez 6-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-3, Frank Mata 2-0, Elih Villanueva 5-3, Edward Mujica 2-1, Leo Nunez 1-1
    Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 16, Frank Mata 3, Elih Villanueva 17, Edward Mujica 3, Leo Nunez 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3548
    Game Time - 2:55
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn