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Finding a winning formula

Finding ways to win close games is one of the Marlins’ objectives in Spring Training.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez asked his staff on the first day of camp to come up with ways the team could pull out one and two run games.

leo1a.jpgAmong the suggestions was squeeze bunting and slap hitting. On Sunday, outfield coach Joe Espada worked with the pitchers on situational hitting. Specifically, they practiced squeeze bunting and slapping ground balls.

On the slap hit drills, the pitchers would turn to bunt, then bring the bat back and attempt to swat a grounder up the middle.

Some other highlights from Sunday:

* Josh Johnson, Javier Vazquez and Leo Nunez each threw their second bullpen sessions since camp opened on Friday. Johnson, who missed the final month of last year with back and shoulder problems, is fine. He already is impressing with how well he’s throwing. Nunez is working on his slider, and Vazquez is building back up his arm strength.

* A number of position players filtered into camp early Sunday afternoon, including Hanley Ramirez. Mike Stanton, Omar Infante, Chris Coghlan, Emilio Bonifacio and Gaby Sanchez were among the players getting settled. Full-squad workouts begin on Tuesday.

* Pitchers and catchers will be on the field at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

LoMo Camp For A Cure

In honor of his father, Logan Morrison is taking an initiative to help combat lung cancer.

The Marlins outfielder has established the first “LoMo Camp For A Cure” that will take place on Saturday and Sunday on the backfields at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. The camp is aimed at offering instruction to youth players while raising awareness in the fight against lung cancer.

The camp is for baseball players, ages 8-18, who will spend two days receiving instructions from Marlins players and coaches.

Instructors for the two days include Morrison, outfielder Bryan Petersen, along with Marlins coaches Brandon Hyde, Joe Espada and Reid Cornelius.

Registration is from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, with on-field instruction lasting from 9-11 a.m. Lunch will be from 11-noon. The afternoon on-field session will be from noon-3 p.m.

On Sunday, the camp also will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The cost per player is $250, with the proceeds going to the American Lung Association. Those interested can register on Saturday morning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Morrison’s father, Tom, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer last April, and he passed away from the disease in early December.

Logan Morrison, a standout Marlins’ rookie last season, said he plans on making the camp an annual event. He also hopes to eventually add a second camp in his hometown of Slidell, La.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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