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Marlins oblivious to LeBron's 61

JUPITER -- Baseball players are nocturnal by habit. Since the majority of games are played at night and players aren't required to report to work until mid-afternoon on most days, they're no strangers to nightlife.

Except in spring training when the work day begins, for many, at the crack of dawn and it's early to bed.

And when they showed up Tuesday morning, it was difficult finding anyone who had 1) Watched Monday's Heat game in which LeBron James set a team and personal record with 61 points; 2) Had even heard about it.

"What happened?" asked pitcher Jose Fernandez.

"What'd he do?" responded Giancarlo Stanton. "I haven't turned on the TV once since I've been in Jupiter."

Even Derek Dietrich didn't catch the game, and he's from Cleveland. Dietrich was a shooting guard at St. Ignatius High School, which plays James' St. Vincent-St. Mary every season. They missed each other by a few years, but Dietrich said James' presence was still very much in evidence in the high school gym where he once played.

"We played each other in baseball and basketball -- a lot," Dietrich said. "I haven't had a chance to run into him, but I'd like to, both being Cleveland guys now playing in Miami. I think we could do something together. I'm a LeBron fan, definitely."


Marlins: 1. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 2. Christian Yelich, lf; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, dh; 4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c; 5. Marcell Ozuna, cf; 6. Derek Dietrich, 3b; 7. Greg Dobbs, 1b; 8. Ed Lucas, 2b; 9. Brian Bogusevic, rf. Pitching: Tom Koehler

Twins: 1. Byron Buxton, cf; 2. Brian Dozier, 2b; 3. Oswaldo Arcia, rf; 4. Chris Colabello, 1b; 5. Aaron Hicks, dh; 6. Darin Mastroianni, lf; 7. Eduardo Escobar, 3b; 8. Eric Fryer, c; 9. Doug Bernier, ss. Pitching: Phil Hughes.