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    Rough Spring Continues For Marlins

    The Miami Marlins fell to 3-10 with a 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon in West Palm Beach.

    Edward Cabrera was originally slated to start the game for Miami, but was replaced by Dean Smeltzer. Manager Skip Schmaker stated that Cabrera will instead pitch on Monday, albeit not in a Grapefruit League game. Cabrera is not considered injured, but the change is noteworthy and remains a mystery.

    Smeltzer allowed three runs on nine hits in his three innings of work. The non-roster invitee now has a 8.22 E.R.A this spring, and his time in Jupiter could be nearing an end. Miami has a wealth of options for the pitching staff and several other arms are having notable springs.

    Huascar Brazoban‘s strong Grapefruit League continued with another scoreless inning of relief. Brazoban struck out two, walked none and allowed no hits in his inning of work. The 33-year old is considered a likely candidate for Miami’s Opening Day bullpen.

    Joey Wendle doubled in the loss and lifted his spring batting average to .095. Wendle has been struggling at the plate, but there is still plenty of time for the veteran to find his stroke. Miami has five other hits in the game, all going for singles.

    The Marlins will be back in action on Monday when they host the New York Mets at 1:10 P.M.

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