Marlins seek first series win

MIAMI — The Marlins got off to a hot start, beating the Rockies twice in two days at Marlins Park. After losing a tough one, 6-5, on Wednesday night, the club on Thursday afternoon still has a chance to capture a series victory.

For a team looking to gain some early season momentum, it would be a big boost, especially since it would mean they bounced back.

The struggles of 2013 have been well documented. Miami started off 1-9, and never got anything going the first two months.

In ’13, the Marlins’ first series win came from April 29-May 1, when they took two of three against the Mets.

What the Marlins have seen from the Rockies these past four days are a heavy dose of left-handed pitchers. On Thursday, Colorado went with its third southpaw. Franklin Morales got the nod.

The Marlins, meanwhile, have five right-handers.

Jacob Turner will make his 2014 debut in the matinee.

The first pitch is set for 12:40 p.m. ET.

Because Morales is on the mound, the Marlins will go with Jeff Baker at second base in place of Derek Dietrich, who got the start on Wednesday against right-hander Jordan Lyles.

Catcher Jeff Mathis also is getting the start in place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

LINEUP

1) Yelich LF
2) Baker 2B
3) Stanton RF
4) McGehee 3B
5) Jones 1B
6) Ozuna CF
7) Hechavarria SS
8) Mathis C
9) Turner P

Joe Frisaro

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