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Eovaldi helps Marlins beat Astros 7-2

By DICK SCANLON
Associated Press
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Nate Eovaldi is looking forward to opening day.

''I've missed it every time,'' Eovaldi said Friday after pitching 4 2-3 innings in the Miami Marlins' 7-2 win over the Houston Astros. ''Last year I felt like I had a pretty good chance, and then right there at the end, in the last start of the spring, I had bicep tightness and that was it. It just got worse and worse.''

Eovaldi didn't make his second debut until June 18.

Back in 2012, he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the opener approached.

''I went right up to the last day and got sent down,'' Eovaldi recalled. ''They told me if somebody gets hurt, you'll be the first one, and sure enough I got called back.''

That was on May 29. About two months later, he was dealt to Miami in the trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to Long Angeles.

Now the 24-year-old right-hander is poised to start the season in Miami's rotation - as long as he can get through one more spring-training start.

''I've been good all spring,'' he said. ''No issues. Nothing at all.''

Miami's core of young pitchers is among the factors that lured Jarrod Saltalamacchia to sign with the Marlins. The former Boston catcher has been impressed.

''I see what young arms are here, and what they're trying to do,'' he said. ''I've been learning these guys this spring, and it's still a process. It took me almost two years with the guys over in Boston. This is a younger group and it's going to take some time, but we should be pretty good.''

Garrett Jones homered in the first inning off Scott Feldman, and Jake Marisnick went 3 for 3 and scored twice.

Feldman, selected to start Houston's opener against the New York Yankees on April 1, allowed five runs - four earned - and seven hits in five innings.

Errors by right fielder L.J. Hoes and left fielder Robbie Grossman contributed a to a three-run fifth.

''It would have been nice to get out of that fifth a little quicker and get out there for a sixth,'' Feldman said. ''But overall, if I can throw the ball like that the results will be better.''

STARTING TIME:

Marlins: Eovaldi gave up two runs and six hit, struck out three and walked three.

Astros: Feldman's final spring start will be against the New York Mets on Wednesday.

''I'd like to get six innings next time,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros catcher Jason Castro was a late scratch due to flu-like systems. ''It's something going around the clubhouse,'' said Astros manager Bo Porter.

GOOD IDEA, BAD EXECUTION

Eovaldi singled in the fifth inning and wound up on third base when the ball went past Hoes. The right fielder had thought about trying to throw out Eovaldi at first base.

''If he had come up with it clean, he definitely had a play,'' Porter said, ''but he just didn't field the ball first.''

APPEL PITCHES

Astros pitcher Mark Appel, the first overall pick in last June's amateur draft, pitched in a game for the first time this spring training. He threw 37 pitches against a Detroit Tigers minor league team, giving up a run by allowing doubles to his first two batters. Appel spent most of spring training recovering from an appendectomy and probably will start the season at Class A or Double-A.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

L. Hoes
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

G. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, CF3111000 .233
   a-Matt Angle, PH-CF2000012 .286
Jacob Marisnick, LF3230000 .429
   Alfredo Silverio, LF2000020 .000
Garrett Jones, 1B3123001 .182
   Ty Wigginton, 1B1000010 .148
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2000110 .222
   Kyle Skipworth, C1000010 .000
Jeff Baker, 3B3000002 .267
   Carter Capps, P0000000 .000
   Arquimedes Caminero, P0000000 .000
   b-Joel Jimenez, PH1000010 .000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
Donovan Solano, SS-3B3110000 .342
   J.T. Riddle, 2B1000000 .000
Brian Bogusevic, RF4000010 .162
Austin Nola, 2B-3B4121010 .368
Nate Eovaldi, P2110000 .500
   Juan Diaz, SS2000001 .385
Totals37710519  
a-struck out for Yelich in the 6th
b-struck out for Caminero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jacob Marisnick (3, Feldman)
HR - Garrett Jones (2, Feldman)
RBI - Christian Yelich (2), Garrett Jones 3 (7), Austin Nola (2)
2-OUT RBI - Christian Yelich (1), Garrett Jones (4)
SB - Jacob Marisnick (4, 2nd base off Feldman/Corporan)
Team LOB - 4
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi (W,1-1) 4.1622330 2.19
Carter Capps (H,4) 1.2000000 3.00
Arquimedes Caminero (H,2) 1000010 1.13
A.J. Ramos (H,4) 1100010 2.25
Chris Hatcher 1000010 0.00
HBP - Corporan (by Nate Eovaldi)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 38-25, Carter Capps 5-5, Arquimedes Caminero 5-5, A.J. Ramos 6-6, Chris Hatcher 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 5-5, Carter Capps 1-4, Arquimedes Caminero 1-1, A.J. Ramos 2-0, Chris Hatcher 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 23, Carter Capps 5, Arquimedes Caminero 3, A.J. Ramos 4, Chris Hatcher 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4010010 .250
   J.D. Martinez, LF1000000 .167
Robbie Grossman, LF3010010 .394
   Adron Chambers, PR-LF-CF2100020 .357
Jose Altuve, 2B1000201 .244
   Gregorio Petit, PR-2B1000000 .190
Carlos Corporan, C3011001 .320
Chris Carter, DH2000112 .205
   a-Japhet Amador, PH-DH1000010 .231
Marc Krauss, 1B3110003 .343
   Jesus Guzman, 1B1010000 .185
Matt Dominguez, 3B3010004 .189
   b-Rene Garcia, PH1000000 .143
   Marwin Gonzalez, 3B0000000 .444
L.J. Hoes, RF3011001 .207
   Preston Tucker, RF1000001 .125
Cesar Izturis, SS4000002 .269
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Josh Zeid, P0000000 .000
   Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3427236  
a-struck out for Carter in the 8th
b-grounded out for Dominguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robbie Grossman (3, Eovaldi)
RBI - Carlos Corporan (7), L.J. Hoes (4)
2-OUT RBI - L.J. Hoes (2)
SB - Marc Krauss (1, 2nd base off Eovaldi/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Robbie Grossman (1, Throwing), L.J. Hoes (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,0-2) 5754131 5.73
Josh Zeid 2211040 4.15
Matt Albers 1000010 3.00
Chad Qualls 1111010 6.00
WP - Chad Qualls (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 32-28, Josh Zeid 16-16, Matt Albers 5-5, Chad Qualls 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 9-3, Josh Zeid 1-1, Matt Albers 2-0, Chad Qualls 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 23, Josh Zeid 8, Matt Albers 3, Chad Qualls 4
Game Information
Attendance - 2636
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Shaun Lampe