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Lucas leaves with tight left hamstring; Turner solid against old team; Redmond loses 1st challenge

LAKELAND -- Ed Lucas has had a smile on his face most of this spring. He didn't have one Thursday.

Considered a favorite to land the Marlins utility job over Donovan Solano, Lucas left Thursday's 4-2 win over the Tigers in the fourth inning with a tight left hamstring. Lucas singled and scored in the inning and said the hamstring stiffened as he was running to third on Adeiny Hechavarria's double to right field.

"I think it's okay," Lucas responded when asked how bad the injury was.

Lucas, 31, is supposed to go to Panama with the Marlins Friday night to face the Yankees in a special two-game weekend series. But it's obvious he won't be going anywhere now. 

"We'll have to make an adjustment, see what we do there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of the Marlins' travel roster.

REDMOND LOSES FIRST CHALLENGE

Redmond lost his first and only challenge thus far this spring when he asked umps to review a pickoff play of Derek Dietrich at first base in the ninth inning. Upon further review, first base umpire Joe West properly called Dietrich out.

"I just wanted to challenge it just to get one in," Redmond said. "It seemed like a perfect time. I probably had a feeling he was probably out. But it was worth it just to go through the process. For everyone, for the umpires, for us. The timing of it was good."

Redmond said the best part of Thursday's first experience with replay was how quickly he got an answer via walkie-talkie from video coordinator Cullen McCrae and newly hired administrative coach Pat Shine, who were watching the game on a laptop.

"There were a couple plays [we thought about challenging] but we had a quick enough answer on them where I didn't need to go out there," Redmond said. "I could have challenged it just to do it. But I already knew the calls were right. I actually got the information quicker than I anticipated. It was alright."

> Pitcher Jacob Turner -- expected to be the fourth starter in the Marlins' rotation -- turned in arguably his best start of the spring Thursday giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings against his former team.

"It felt like I had to battle a little bit more than I would have liked to," said Turner, who threw 37 of his 62 pitches for strikes. "In the first couple innings I was kind of getting my feet underneath me. My fastball command kind of got better as the game went on. But those last two innings felt really good. It's something to build upon."

Turner, who also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, gave up a lead-off triple to Austin Jackson in the second. It turned into his only earned run moments later when catcher Bryan Holaday hit a sacrifice fly to left. The Tigers took advantage of an Hechavarria throwing error to open the fourth and later scored, but Turner evaded more trouble.

Turner also retired Triple Crown winner and former Marlin Miguel Cabrera both times he faced him. The first time on a grounder to first base, and the second on a hard line drive to right field.

"I was happy how I competed when they got runners in scoring position," said Turner, who retired two hitters with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth. "It was also good throwing to Salty for the first time in a game. I felt like I was able to mix in a lot more breaking balls today what I had the last two times out."

Traded to the Marlins by Detroit in 2012, the former first round pick said it was weird being in the visitor's dugout Thursday. Turner gave up seven hits and two earned runs over two innings of work against the Braves in his previous start.

"I think he looks 100 times better than last year," Redmond said of Turner before Thursday's game. "The ball is coming out of his hands better. He's much stronger. I've been pretty happy actually with the way he's pitched this spring. His last start he gave up a bunch of hits, but he was able to get through it.

"We like his stuff. We've seen his stuff when it's really good. Like any of our starters its a matter of consistency, throwing strikes and giving us a chance to win."

> Garrett Jones had a two-out RBI double in the third inning off Tigers starter Drew Smyly to tie the score at 1.

Lucas and Hechavarria then gave the Marlins a 3-1 lead the following inning on Jake Marisnick's double down the left field line. Marisnick, who had two hits, then scored on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly. 

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Russell

I guess this goes without saying...
http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10584570/mlb-future-power-rankings-2014

Oh shoot its insider, sorry: Basically ESPN's Buster Olney says the Marlins have the absolute worst future outlook of all MLB Franchises.

Also while reading another article I learned the 2005 draft was a really good one, Marlins had 3 1st round picks, what a whiff. At least they seemed to have hit in 2011, thank you Jose Fernandez.

Juan Yanes

Marlins lineup won't be always the same in every game: they should made changes against lefties pitchers because Jones and the LF are weak off lefties, therefore both players should be pencil below in the line up and Ozuna or Echeverria should be moved to the top. Because it is important don't gift easy outs in every game.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I don't put any stock in anything coming from Olney or anyone else from espn.com aka Red Sox Nation.

Speculation from Jon Heyman via MLB trade rumors is that Turner could be trade bait for offensive help.

Flav C.

DT,

I agree with you on both accounts. Olney usually looks like has his own agenda when criticizing/praising teams and players.

And with the barrage of good arms we have right now, I don't see why not dangling Jacob for offensive help. It does make sense.

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