FINAL --Italy roared back for a 4-1 victory, scoring two runs off Michael Wood and two more off Scott Proctor.
10:49 a.m. -- The Marlins have taken a 1-0 lead on Italy on John Raynor's RBI single in the third inning. Burke Badenhop started for the Marlins and threw two scoreless innings.
Former Marlins great Mike Piazza is working as a hitting coach for Italy's World Baseball Classic club, driving up from his Miami home on Wednesday to help his ancestral country. Piazza, who had a memorable one-week career with the Marlins in 1998, retired after the 2007 season and said he's thinking of either coaching or getting into broadcasting.
Italy is a huge underdog in the WBC. They'll be grouped with the United States, Venezuela and Canada in first-round games in Toronto next week.
The Marlins got off to a slow start offensively against Italy, whose pitchers retired the first eight hitters before Manny Mayorson reached on a two-out single in the third, stole second, and scored on Raynor's single to center.