B Game vs. Italy
At first glance, you would have thought the Marlins were taking on the Dodgers. But the team in blue on Wednesday morning on Field 2 behind the main field at Roger Dean Stadium was the Italian World Baseball Classic squad.
The B Game led into Florida’s first Grapefruit League contest, at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.
Italy won the scrimmage, 4-1. The Italian hitting coach is former MLB catching great Mike Piazza.
Burke Badenhop started and threw one inning for Florida. It was his first game situation since last June. The right-hander spent more than half the season injured. It was an encouraging first step back for the 26-year-old, who struck out one and allowed one infield hit in one inning. Dallas Trahern and Frankie De La Cruz each followed with scoreless innings for Florida.
Badenhop, Trahern and De La Cruz all were acquired by the Marlins from Detroit as part of the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade.
In the third inning, Manny Mayorson singled for Florida, stole second and scored on John Raynor’s RBI single.
– Joe Frisaro