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Jose Fernandez to start Grapefruit opener Friday

JUPITER -- Some non-political news involving upcoming pitching assignments:

Jose Fernandez is expected to start the Grapefruit League opener for the Marlins on Friday when they face the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Carlos Martinez is scheduled to take the mound for the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Redmond also announced that Angel Sanchez will start Wednesday’s exhibition opener against the University of Miami. Others down to pitch in the game for the Marlins: Adam Conley, Greg Nappo, Josh Spence, Grant Dayton, Rett Varner, Edgar Olmos and James Leverton.

Redmond has not yet decided who will start Thursday’s exhibition against Florida International University.

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