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Flynn regains rhythm, tosses three scoreless innings in first spring start for Marlins against Red Sox

FORT MYERS -- Matt Flynn's first two outings this spring weren't exactly smooth.

He looked a lot better Tuesday against the reigning World Champions.

The 6-7, 240-pound left-hander tossed three scoreless innings, retiring the first eight batters he faced before third baseman Jonathan Herrera singled to left. Herrera never advanced, though, getting thrown out at second on a pinpoint throw by catcher Rob Brantly moments later.

For Flynn, acquired along with Brantly and Jacob Turner in a 2012 trade with the Tigers, it was the kind of day he was hoping to have once someone in the bullpen began reading him the Red Sox lineup. In his first two outings out of the bullpen this spring, Flynn got banged up by the Nationals (2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 HR in 2 IP) and Cardinals (3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks). Coming out as the starter Tuesday helped, Flynn said.

"It's the first time it's really felt good," said Flynn, who three 33 pitches, 22 for strikes.

"I threw a lot of fastballs, kind of worked downhill, got a rhythm going out of the windup. I was looking forward to [starting]. It definitely paid off today having that comfortable time, getting on the mound, coming out of the dugout. The routine was really comfortable. At the same time if I would have brought the same stuff from the last two outings to today it would have turned out just the same."

Flynn, a darkhorse candidate to win the fifth starter's job, said he's been focused on improving his mechanics. He said his arm had been dragging behind him in his previous appearances. That wasn't the case Tuesday.

"Today was good for me -- I could feel it," he said. "I just wanted to make them quick [innings], didn't want to be on the field for a long time. Whether they were three liners at someone's face, I just wanted to get smooth innings, get some rhythm going."

MARLINS RALLY PAST RED SOX

Leading 3-1 before most of the starters were pulled in the sixth, the Marlins rallied to beat the Red Sox 5-4 Wednesday thanks a two-run home run off the bat of Kyle Jensen in the ninth.

Boston plated two runs off reliever Marlins reliever Josh Spence in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth against Chaz Roe.

Jensen's towering home run to left came off Boston left-handed reliever Drake Britton.

And he absolutely drilled it. The line drive shot cleared the Green Monster in left field at jetBlue Park.

"It felt good to come into the game, see one pitch and close it out," Jensen said. "I was just looking for a pitch to drive. Saw it early."

Chris Hatcher retired the final three Red Sox hitters to pick up the save.

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Stan M

Where is everybody? The pitchers that the team is counting on have been nothing short of terrific. After the terrible start last year, the team went 51-59. 4 more wins would have equaled a .500 record. Can this improved team make up 4 games over 2014? That just could mean 3rd place.
Has Keys been cut? He hasn't appeared in last 2 games. My hopes are that both Lucus and Dietrich make the ML club. Biggest worry. That neither Ozuna or Marisnick are ready for the big club. Personally, I'd play Marisnick is he can hit at all; he's that good a center fielder.

FJEFF

Everybody left two years ago. Everybody will be back after Loria croaks and Samson becomes road kill after getting flattened by a semi while training for his next humiliating publicity stunt. Bye.

Flav C.

Stan,

I agree with you, the pitching staff has been playing really well. I'm very curious to see their performance when their pitching count and innings start to ramp up during Spring Training.

Keys hasn't been cut yet, but it is highly likely he will be in the 1st cut list in a few more days.

Some useless info:

- Last ST Season, the Marlins had the following players fighting for 3B: Polanco, Cox, Kouzmanoff, Coghlan. Only Cox remains with the organization, but wasn't even invited for this ST.

- On 1B, along with LoMo who was recovering from surgery, the players who were fighting for the right infield corner were Kotchman, Valaika, and Nick Green. All of them are gone.

- In 2013, after 13 Spring Training games, the Marlins had allowed 66 runs. In 2014, it's been 13 games and 43 runs allowed.

- So far only the Rays has allowed less runs than the Marlins (39 runs)

Flav C.

Another (un)interesting note from today's game:

- Andrew Miller, Badenhop, and Mujica pitched...against the Marlins!

Stan M

Another example of this team's improvement. From purely a talent perspective, Dobbs shouldn't make this team. I'm really high on DiScafani. I will be even higher on him when I learn to spell his name. Baltimore and St Louis have both introduced prospects gradually via the bullpen. I wish the Marlins would do the same. In my opinion, it serves no purpose to sign the Marmols of the free agent market or their ilk.

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