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The Miami Marlins have been competitive in their first two games, and it's going to be interesting to see if they can continue to play with such a positive attitude, as this hasn't looked like a team that's supposed to lose 100-plus games.

Both the Cubs and Marlins are honoring the victims of last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a number of tributes planned during the season-opening four-game series.

"Spring training may seem like a long grind but everything happens fast here and I was ready to go into my first one". He was one of only two pitchers in Major League Baseball to earn at least 14 wins while striking out fewer than 6.00 batters per nine (Zach Davies, Milwaukee).

Jon Lester has 43 wins in his three seasons with the Cubs, tied for third most among left-handers since the start of the 2015 campaign. The Cubs average 5.3 runs score per sim, compared to 4.9 for the Marlins. Earlier in the week, friend of the site Andy Slater reported that Marlins Man sent the Marlins a $200,000 check to renew his season tickets behind home plate for the next three seasons. Addison Russell made an errant throw out of play on a single by Starlin Castro in the first inning which allowed him to go to second base, and Castro would later be driven in on a single by third baseman Brian Anderson. In all, Urena lasted four innings, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks. Urena has a mid-90s fastball, but he pitches to contact as his strikeout rate per nine innings (5.7) reflects. As a whole, the Marlins bullpen allowed no runs in 11 2/3 innings.

Brinson's first hit led to Miami's first run. He struck out five. Bryant hit a drive to left for his first homer, and Castro singled in Brinson in the bottom half.

"Everybody heard the Cubs fans", Marlins right fielder Garrett Cooper said. Straily probably would have been the Marlins' No. 2 starter (and pitching Friday) until he got hurt a couple weeks ago. Coach Aaron Feis' daughter Arielle, athletic director Chris Hixon's son Corey, and Jaime Guttenberg's brother Jesse took part, as did recovering student Ben Wikander.

The Cubs lineup will be highlighted by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo once again. In fact, the Rizzo Foundation recently completed an auction that raised $305,000 for the victims & their families.

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