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Stanton, Ichiro to play in UM exhibition game

JUPITER -- Giancarlo Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki -- along with all the Marlins regulars -- will start and receive one at bat in Tuesday's exhibition game against the University of Miami. That figures to be a major thrill for whichever pitcher the Hurricanes send out to face the Marlins in the spring game at Roger Dean Stadium.

"The plan for the Miami game is we'll probably run our regular lineup out there for one at bat each," Redmond said.

In delivering the news, manager Mike Redmond said Stanton would DH while Suzuki would start in right field. Brad Hand will get the start for the Marlins in the second of two exhibitions against South Florida college teams. The Marlins face Florida International University on Monday, also at Roger Dean Stadium (1:05 p.m. starts for both contests).

Redmond said he wasn't yet sure who would pitch or play in the FIU game Monday, "but probably no regulars for that."

In addition to Hand, Redmond said other pitchers taking the mound in Tuesday's game against UM will be Vin Mazzaro, Justin Nicolino, Pat Misch, Kendry Flores, Brian Ellington, Ryan Chafee, Pat Urckfitz and Ryan Reid.

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Former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson will be spending time at camp this spring to impart his wisdom and provide advice to younger players.

"C.J.'s in the house," Redmond said. "I've talked to him over the last couple of years, trying to get him back up here in uniform, hanging out with the guys. It's good to have him back. Pretty cool. He and I came in that very first year with the Marlins, the first spring together, and played together in the minor leagues. One of the things I always talked about when I got this job, was incorporating guys that played with me or been a part of this organization for a long time. It's just another source for guys to get information from."

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The Marlins still have not announced the day when Jose Fernandez throws off the mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. But Redmond said it should be "within the next few days. It's coming."

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