Miami at Houston

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Astros 4, Marlins 1(5)

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Houston Astros might have found their shortstop.

A few hours after signing a one-year contract Sunday, Ronny Cedeno tripled for the Astros in a 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins that was shortened to 4 1/2 innings because of rain.

As they signed the 30-year-old Cedeno, the Astros informed shortstop Tyler Greene that he will not make the opening-day roster. That left Cedeno and 23-year-old Marwin Gonzalez to compete.

"It's an opportunity at shortstop in this organization, and someone is going to have to prove to the staff that they deserve to play every day," Houston manager Bo Porter said.

An eight-year veteran, Cedeno hit .259 in 78 games for the New York Mets last season. He was released March 19 by the St. Louis Cardinals, who opted to give him $282,787 in termination pay rather than keep his $1.15 million contract, which was not guaranteed.

Cedeno met with Porter early Sunday.

"He told me about what a great opportunity this is, and it's going to be up to me how much I'm going to play," Cedeno said. "He told me he watched me play when he was with Washington and he liked me. So now I'm very excited about this opportunity here. We've got a lot of young guys, a great group."

General manager Jeff Luhnow called Cedeno a "veteran player at a position that will stabilize our infield."

After the trade of Jed Lowrie to Oakland on Feb. 4, the Astros brought Greene and Gonzalez to spring training to compete for the shortstop job. Greene hit .167 in 42 at-bats and Gonzalez has played in only 80 big league games.

"This guy's been around major league baseball for a long time; he's a veteran guy," Porter said. "One of the reasons there was interest on our part was an interest on his part. We wanted to let him know that this is an opportunity, but he's going to have to earn his playing time."

Cedeno went 1 for 2 in his Astros debut, grounding into a forceout in the second inning and tripling to right in the fourth against Jacob Turner.

"We've got a lot of energy in here, and it can wake up my energy again," he said. "Sometimes when you get a little older, you lose energy a little bit, but I like to be around young guys."

Brett Wallace hit his third homer for the Astros, a two-run drive in the third.

Houston minor leaguer David Martinez allowed one run and eight hits in four innings. Turner gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

Miami's Greg Dobbs was 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles.

NOTES: The Astros optioned J.D. Martinez, their opening day left fielder a year ago, and reassigned catcher Jason Jaramillo, leaving 34 players in camp, including 16 pitchers. ... Greene would have to clear waivers before he can be sent to the minors by the Astros.

 
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Players of the Game
Miami

G. Dobbs
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

B. Wallace
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3110002 .320
Wilson Valdez, SS2010000 .205
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3011001 .379
Greg Dobbs, DH3030000 .353
Justin Ruggiano, CF3010014 .150
Rob Brantly, C3010002 .327
Matt Downs, 3B2010000 .146
Casey Kotchman, 1B2010002 .459
Nick Green, 2B2000012 .250
Totals23110102  
Batting
2B - Greg Dobbs 2 (2, D. Martinez, Veras)
SH - Wilson Valdez (1)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (6)
CS - Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base by D. Martinez/Corporan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Downs-Valdez-Kotchman
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (L,0-3) 4.2544411 9.69
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 39-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 8-4
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 22
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B1100201 .339
Brett Wallace, 1B3112011 .289
Carlos Pena, DH3000001 .234
Rick Ankiel, CF2120100 .425
Fernando Martinez, RF2111000 .321
Carlos Corporan, C2000002 .333
Matt Dominguez, 3B1001000 .282
Trevor Crowe, LF1000100 .276
Ronny Cedeno, SS2010001 .303
Totals1745441  
Batting
2B - Fernando Martinez (3, Turner)
3B - Ronny Cedeno (1, Turner)
HR - Brett Wallace (3, Turner)
SF - Matt Dominguez (1)
RBI - Brett Wallace 2 (12), Fernando Martinez (6), Matt Dominguez (7)
SB - Jose Altuve (2, 2nd base off Turner/Brantly)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Corporan-Altuve
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Martinez (W,1-0) 4811020 1.50
Jose Veras (S,1) 1200000 7.71
Pitches-Strikes - David Martinez 23-23, Jose Veras 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Martinez 3-6, Jose Veras 3-0
Batters Faced - David Martinez 19, Jose Veras 5
Game Information
Attendance - 1
Game Time - 1:36
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Jeff Gosney