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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Even after signing a few high-profile free agents in the offseason, the Miami Marlins are still looking to figure out their starting rotation.

    Ricky Nolasco fits into what is expected to be a formidable group, but he struggled with his control in a 5-5, 10-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

    Before the game, star third baseman Chipper Jones said he will retire at the end of the season. He sat out the game.

    Nolasco, who went 10-12 with a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts for the Marlins last season, returns with the most wins of last season's Marlins staff.

    He went 4 1/3 innings against the Braves and walked only two while giving up three runs, but he fell behind hitters throughout as his ERA climbed to 4.97.

    "I wanted to go five innings," Nolasco said. "I am just having trouble getting ahead of hitters. My adrenaline is flowing and it is affecting my fastball."

    Nolasco is expected to be part of a rotation that includes Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Carlos Zambrano, but he says it's simply a matter of settling down. Nolasco has two more starts in the spring and said he knows he needs to make adjustments before the season starts.

    "I am still getting it together," Nolasco said. "There's some pressure, but I can only get better. I'm not worried yet."

    Manager Ozzie Guillen said Nolasco just needs to calm down and have fun.

    "I am glad with the way he's pitching," Guillen said. "He is throwing it pretty good. Sometimes he was pretty nasty."

    For now, Guillen just wants to get all of his regulars out of the Grapefruit League healthy.

    "Nolasco is healthy and that is huge," Guillen said. "You can replace an infielder or an outfielder, but you can't replace a pitcher. We just need him to stay healthy."

    Braves rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who has struggled all spring, broke out of his slump by going 4 for 5 with an RBI to lift his spring average to .224.

    Pastornicky also said he just needs to keep the pressure off and have fun.

    "I've been working hard," Pastornicky said. "I've been hitting the ball, just at people. I am putting in lots of hard work, but I have been putting added pressure on myself. I just have to go out and have fun and play."

    Brandon Beachy, part of a depleted Braves starting rotation until veteran Tim Hudson returns from the disabled list in May, allowed four runs in five innings. He walked one but was behind in the count most of the way.

    "He did OK," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He got behind and couldn't get his breaking ball over the plate. I'm not worried."

    Beachy was 7-3 in 25 starts for the Braves last season.

    Terry Tiffee homered off Beachy for the Marlins, and Freddie Freeman hit his first homer of the spring for the Braves.

    Jose Reyes and John Buck each had two hits for Florida.

    Miami went ahead 5-4 in the top of the ninth when Nick Green doubled in a run, but the Braves tied it in the bottom of the ninth as Jordan Parraz, who doubled to open the inning, moved to third and scored on a passed ball.

    Notes: RHP Adam Russell, C Christian Bethancourt, IF Joey Terdoslavich, and IF Ernesto Mejia were assigned to minor league camp. ... RHP Arodys Vizcaino will require Tommy John surgery. He will miss the entire 2012 season and possibly some of the 2013 season. He is one of the most highly regarded prospects in baseball and was expected to be a key part of the Braves bullpen this season. ... LHP Mike Minor hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 innings. ... Minor will start on Friday against the New York Mets. He'll be followed by RHP Craig Kimbrel, LHP Eric O'Flaherty, and LHP Yohan Flande.

     
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    Miami Marlins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jose Reyes, SS3220000 .310
        Nick Green, SS2011000 .167
    Omar Infante, 2B3111010 .348
        Donovan Solano, 2B1000001 .333
    Hanley Ramirez, 3B3020000 .414
        Gil Velazquez, 3B2010001 .188
    John Buck, C4021012 .296
        Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
        Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
       a- Brent Keys, PH1000000 .000
        Beau Jones, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Petersen, LF3001201 .242
    Aaron Rowand, CF3010014 .121
        Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
        Luke Montz, C2010011 .273
    Scott Cousins, RF5000022 .147
    Terry Tiffee, 1B5121002 .147
    Ricky Nolasco, P2000020 .333
        Jose Duarte, CF2100001 .000
    Totals41513528  
    a-grounded out for Ceda in the 10th
    Batting
    2B - Jose Reyes (2, Beachy), Nick Green (2, Hughes), John Buck (3, Beachy), Terry Tiffee (1, Hughes)
    HR - Terry Tiffee (1, Beachy)
    SF - Omar Infante (1)
    RBI - Nick Green (2), Omar Infante (2), John Buck (5), Bryan Petersen (2), Terry Tiffee (2)
    SB - Hanley Ramirez (1, 2nd base off Beachy/Ross)
    CS - Bryan Petersen (1, Home by Gearrin/Ross), Aaron Rowand (1, 2nd base by Beachy/Ross)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Infante-Green-Tiffee
    PB - Luke Montz (1)
    Miami Marlins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ricky Nolasco 4.1533230 4.97
    Chad Gaudin (BS,1) 1.2411101 1.93
    Ryan Webb 1000010 0.00
    Jose Ceda 2311010 1.23
    Beau Jones 1000020 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 32-24, Chad Gaudin 17-10, Ryan Webb 5-5, Jose Ceda 12-11, Beau Jones 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 2-8, Chad Gaudin 3-1, Ryan Webb 1-1, Jose Ceda 4-1
    Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 20, Chad Gaudin 9, Ryan Webb 3, Jose Ceda 9, Beau Jones 3
    Atlanta Braves
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF4010011 .250
        Jordan Parraz, RF1110000 .414
    Martin Prado, 3B3210101 .356
    Freddie Freeman, 1B5133000 .216
        Luis Durango, PR0000000 .500
        Barrett Kleinknecht, 1B0000000 .000
    Dan Uggla, 2B4010021 .268
        Jose Constanza, LF1000000 .154
    Eric Hinske, LF3110101 .189
        Josh Wilson, 2B1000001 .000
    Jason Heyward, RF-CF4000103 .193
    David Ross, C4000013 .160
        J.C. Boscan, C1000010 .267
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS5041010 .224
    Brandon Beachy, P1000011 .000
        Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
       a- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .211
        Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
       b- Drew Sutton, PH1000001 .281
        Dusty Hughes, P0000000 .000
        Ryan Buchter, P0000000 .000
    Totals39512437  
    a-grounded into a double play for O'Flaherty in the 6th
    b-grounded out for Gearrin in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Jordan Parraz (1, Ceda), Freddie Freeman (1, Nolasco), Eric Hinske (1, Nolasco)
    HR - Freddie Freeman (1, Gaudin)
    SH - Martin Prado (2), Brandon Beachy (1)
    RBI - Freddie Freeman 3 (6), Tyler Pastornicky (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Tyler Pastornicky (2)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    PB - David Ross (2)
    E - Josh Wilson (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Atlanta Braves
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brandon Beachy 5944151 6.43
    Eric O'Flaherty 1000000 4.50
    Cory Gearrin 2100030 0.00
    Dusty Hughes 1211000 1.50
    Ryan Buchter 1100100 0.00
    WP - Brandon Beachy (1), Cory Gearrin (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 40-35, Eric O'Flaherty 3-3, Cory Gearrin 15-13, Dusty Hughes 5-5, Ryan Buchter 8-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 4-5, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Cory Gearrin 3-0, Dusty Hughes 1-2, Ryan Buchter 2-1
    Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 24, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Cory Gearrin 7, Dusty Hughes 5, Ryan Buchter 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7721
    Game Time - 3:24
    Temperature - 81
    Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Laz Diaz