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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."

TODAY'S LINEUPS:

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.

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790theTicket

Marlins oblivious to Lebron..S.Fl oblivious to the Marlins

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Jeffrey Lurid oblivious to the truth. David Samson oblivious to reality. Redmond IMPERvious to rogaine.

Go gogo

Hey Clark, Manny

How about a bit more coverage on the spring games? Did Stanton got a hit?
We need more to chew

Vayan con Dios

Stan M

Flav, to follow up on last blogs comments, I posted exactly the same thing some time ago. Should Stanton stay, and we can assume that Jones is a one year trade chip, Yelich should move to 1B. Although he can catch a ball well, his arm stinks. Our ballpark stifles power and is made for Keys and he should be a perfect leadoff man. The average will certainly drop some, perhaps to mirror Juan Pierre, but that OBP isn't going anywhere. So he should be a Pierre clone in all but baserunning, and obviating that with a superior OBP.

Here is my long term concern. Keys, Yelich, Moran, Detrich all hit lefty and Salty is far stronger from that side. Hech can't hit anyway, so that leaves 2 RH hitters and 5 lefties. In my opinion, this team is in a far better position to trade than to spend big bucks on a free agent this coming off season. We have the chips...tons of young pitchers, a reserve infielder, and perhaps either Ozuna or (I hope not) Marisnick. Somehow some of that talent should bring us a SS who can hit a lick or an established 2nd baseman. 2015 could turn out to be a year to remember. Our major problems at that time will reside in Atlanta and Washington...ouch!

Stan M

A question to ponder when considering how much this team has improved over last year. Who is least valuable player on our 25 man roster. I'd say Dobbs.

What in hell is being learned by playing guys we never heard of, and have no chance of helping the team in 2014? These ABs should go to men who might have a positive effect this year or next. In my opinion, that is a waste of training time.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Dear go cube,

Let me help you out here. They were shut out yesterday ... by the Astros ... yes, THOSE Astros.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Today, Salty goes deep, we win 3-1.

gogo gonad

Whoopee

Go gogo

Go Salty!

Go gogo

The jones/baker platooning should be hitting 3rd in the lineup with Stanton the cleanup man

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