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J.J. throws off mound

    Just finished a brief text exchange with Josh Johnson, who ramped up his offseason program on Tuesday by throwing off a mound for the first time since the end of last season. Johnson said he threw 27 to 29 pitches -- all of them fastballs.

    "Went really well," Johnson said of his session, which took place in Las Vegas, where he spends the offseason.

    Perhaps no player on the Marlins is more crucial to the team's success next season. Not Hanley Ramirez. Not Jose Reyes. Not Heath Bell or Mark Buerhle or Yoenis Cespedes (if they land him). Not any of those players.

    Remove Johnson from the rotation and it loses its luster, rendering it average at best. Just look at what happened last season when Johnson spent the final 4 1/2 months on the disabled list with shoulder issues.

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    Single-game tickets to Marlins exhibition games at Marlins Park against Florida International and the University of Miami will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at marlins.com/college.

    Tickets for both games are $10 each.

    The Marlins will face UM on March 6 and FIU on March 7. Game time for both games is 7:10 p.m.

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Flav C

Clark, i had written in another board something very similar to your article and i agree with you 100%. If JJ is not healthy, the Marlins will be a "slightly better than average" team for the next season. Buherle comes as a replacement for Vazquez; better, but not much. Big Z replaces the Lurch. Their numbers were pretty much similar over the last 2 seasons. Hanley moves to 3rd, and that is a big question mark defensively speaking. We brought Bell as closer, but we let go of The Hopper and Brian Sanchez.

Jose

Maybe I am just getting cgahut up in the offseason hysteria, but the marlins nationals and braves all scare the crap out of me. Its starting to seem like the one game playoff at the end of the season is going to be between two nl east rivals.

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