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Marlins 4, Mets 2

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - While another New York Mets third baseman got hurt, the Miami Marlins got theirs back on the field.

Placido Polanco was 2 for 3 with a double in his return from an oblique strain that had sidelined him since March 1, and the Marlins beat the Mets 4-2 Saturday as Justin Turner became the latest injured New York player.

Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured third baseman David Wright, sprained his right ankle in the fourth inning while attempting a throw after fielding a ball hit by Justin Ruggiano. Turner went to the hospital to take precautionary X-rays.

"I think just getting up, going to make the throw, I caught my front spike on the lip of the grass, and then in order to try to catch my balance, all my weight went on my right foot, and I turned it over," Turner said. "I don't think it's too bad though. I was able to walk off on my own, and it's not too swollen. So, hopefully, as long as it doesn't blow up overnight and get too bad, it will just be a couple days."

Wright has a left intercostal muscle strain and is expected to rest for up to four days before he is reevaluated. Mets manager Terry Collins said Zach Lutz, the lone remaining third baseman on the 40-man roster, will start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

"I don't think Justin's very serious, the way that is sounded," Collins said. "It is what it is. You can't get discouraged. You can't get down. You have to get yourself ready for the next day."

Turner's ankle is the latest injury for the Mets. Ace Johan Santana has not yet made his spring training debut as he works to build strength in his left shoulder. Second baseman Daniel Murphy also has missed the first the first three weeks of exhibition games due to a strained intercostal muscle sustained in mid-February, and closer Frank Francisco working back from offseason elbow surgery.

"If you let it get you down, all the sudden it spreads to the players. They get frustrated," Collins said. "Hey look, it's spring training."

Polanco wasn't the only player returning to the Marlins on Saturday. Starter Henderson Alvarez, who pitched for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic, gave up one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"It felt good pitching for the first time since the Classic," Alvarez said. "I felt good, I felt strong, the fastball was sharp."

Kevin Slowey, who is competing for a rotation spot for Miami, allowed one run and two hits in 4 1-3 innings while striking out four.

Chris Coghlan was 2 for 4, including a RBI triple in the fourth off Mets starter Shaun Marcum, who allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.

Marlins prospect Christian Yelich added an opposite-field home run to left in the eighth against Jeurys Familia.

NOTES: Marlins manager Mike Redmond gave Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek the day off Saturday. Stanton and Cishek played for the U.S., eliminated from the WBC on Friday night. ... Murphy was scheduled to appear in a minor league game Saturday but was scratched due to stiffness. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it was fatigue and not a setback. ... Francisco threw 31 pitches in a bullpen session. ... Marlins INF Greg Dobbs (calf) played in a minor league game. ... An elderly woman who fell down some stairs at Tradition Field was taken to a hospital by helicopter, which landed on the infield of a practice diamond next to the ballpark.

 
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Players of the Game
Miami

C. Coghlan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

T. d'Arnaud
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3000000 .314
    Chone Figgins, RF1011100 .304
Placido Polanco, 3B3020000 .462
    Nick Green, 3B2000002 .276
Rob Brantly, C3000002 .226
    Kyle Skipworth, C1000010 .190
Justin Ruggiano, CF3110001 .111
    Christian Yelich, CF1111000 .368
Chris Coghlan, RF-LF4121010 .318
Donovan Solano, 2B3001010 .432
    Ed Lucas, 2B1000010 .176
Casey Kotchman, 1B2120100 .448
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 1B0000100 .391
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3000003 .147
    Chris Valaika, SS1000002 .107
Henderson Alvarez, P2000001 .000
    Kevin Slowey, P1000011 .000
   a- Bryan Petersen, PH0000100 .063
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Totals3449445  
a-walked for Slowey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (1, Marcum), Casey Kotchman (3, Feliciano)
3B - Chris Coghlan (1, Marcum)
HR - Christian Yelich (4, Familia)
RBI - Chone Figgins (6), Christian Yelich (12), Chris Coghlan (4), Donovan Solano (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (3)
CS - Bryan Petersen (1, 2nd base by Familia/Recker)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Solano-Hechavarria-Kotchman, Kotchman-Hechavarria-Slowey
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henderson Alvarez (W,1-0) 3.2311110 4.70
Kevin Slowey (H,2) 4.1211240 2.63
Mike Dunn (S,1) 1000020 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 19-15, Kevin Slowey 31-22, Mike Dunn 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 4-5, Kevin Slowey 4-4, Mike Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 14, Kevin Slowey 16, Mike Dunn 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Baxter, RF3010110 .133
Justin Turner, 3B1010000 .286
    Brandon Hicks, 3B3000021 .133
Ike Davis, 1B2110101 .367
    Zach Lutz, 1B1000010 .344
Marlon Byrd, CF3010002 .355
    Matt den Dekker, CF1000010 .226
Lucas Duda, LF3001001 .229
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Jeurys Familia, P0000000 .000
    Dylan Owen, P0000000 .000
   a- Collin Cowgill, PH1000000 .324
Travis d'Arnaud, C2110100 .308
    Anthony Recker, C1000010 .500
Brian Bixler, 2B3000003 .308
Omar Quintanilla, SS3001010 .231
Shaun Marcum, P1000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   b- Ruben Tejada, PH1000000 .111
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Brown, LF1000000 .172
Totals3025237  
a-grounded out for Owen in the 9th
b-flied out for Lyon in the 5th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (4, Alvarez), Travis d'Arnaud (3, Slowey)
RBI - Lucas Duda (5), Omar Quintanilla (4)
SB - Mike Baxter (2, 2nd base off Slowey/Brantly)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hicks-Bixler-Lutz
E - Justin Turner (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (L,0-1) 4522100 4.66
Brandon Lyon 1000000 1.93
Pedro Feliciano 1111020 3.00
Greg Burke 1100010 4.15
Jeurys Familia 1.1211321 3.68
Dylan Owen 0.2000000 0.00
WP - Jeurys Familia (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 21-17, Brandon Lyon 3-3, Pedro Feliciano 8-8, Greg Burke 6-6, Jeurys Familia 23-9, Dylan Owen 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 9-3, Brandon Lyon 1-2, Greg Burke 2-0, Jeurys Familia 1-0, Dylan Owen 1-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 18, Brandon Lyon 3, Pedro Feliciano 4, Greg Burke 4, Jeurys Familia 8, Dylan Owen 1
Game Information
Attendance - 4718
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Jerry Meals