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Marlins-Red Sox end in scoreless tie shortened by rain; Yelich still looking for 1st hit of spring

JUPITER -- The way the forecast looked Thursday morning the Marlins didn't think they would be able to get an inning in against the visiting Red Sox.

They were able to get in a little more than seven before the storms finally arrived and forced officials to call the game a scoreless tie with two outs and a runner on in the top of the eighth.

"We were thinking we were going to be lucky just to get [starter Nathan] Eovaldi his pitches in," manager Mike Redmond said. "It worked out we were able to get in most of the game. That part of it was good.

"We really didn't do a whole lot out there -- especially offensively."

The Marlins produced just two hits -- a late double by Marcell Ozuna and a first inning single by Giancarlo Stanton.

"Pitching wise, Eovaldi threw a ton of pitches that first inning," Redmond said. "He used up most of his bullets that first inning. He settled in and had nice second. [Brad] Hand came in and got his pitches in. We got out of a couple jams. We had a lot of deep counts. We got to do a better job. I know it's still early and we're still trying to get our feet wet out there. But we've got to do a better job of pounding the strike zone and getting ahead of hitters. We're getting in deep counts and that's going to hurt us down the road if we keep pitching that way."

Eovaldi threw 36 pitches in the first inning, but gave up just one hit, hit another batter with a changeup and walked one. He struckout four. Eovaldi, penciled in to be the Marlins' No. 2 starter, also hit 98 on the radar gun. 

"The 36 pitches in the first inning killed that," he said of pitching into the third inning. "I got the guys 0-2, and I tried to do too much with my offspeed pitches and my fastball. I was trying to be too fine, trying to make the nasty pitches. Ended up going 2-2, full count. Guys were fouling them off after they'd seen multiple pitches."

"The second inning was a lot better. As opposed to trying to make it on the corner, or off the plate. Just think down. If it's over the middle, just think down, in the strike zone."

> Some of the 6,427 fans at Roger Dean Stadium might have been a little upset the defending World Series champions didn't bring more of their regulars on their trip from Fort Myers.

Only one Red Sox player who started Thursday -- center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. -- is expected to be in the Opening Day starting lineup. 

"I don't know their travel schedule, but I know we were both trying to get our work in," Redmond said. "It's probably a better question for [Red Sox] John Farrell than for me."

> Left fielder Christian Yelich had a terrific spring last year. He's 0-for-11 with five strikeouts this year.

"Like any young guy he's probably to feel their way around a little bit," Redmond said. " He'll be fine. He just needs go out there and get a hit and get things going a little bit. Slow start for him, but I'm not worried. I know he's not worried. He just has to continue battling at the plate, keep it simple. Once he gets that first hit he'll be fine.