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Sunday 26th Mar 2017

What do Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, and Adam Warren all have in common?  If you guessed that they were all in the Yankees' starting lineup on Friday in Jupiter, FL against the Marlins you would be correct. Living in Jupiter gives me the ability to share with you some nuggets observed at Friday's game.

1) Melky Mesa, in the running to take some Yankees regular season at-bats in Curtis Granderson's place, knocked two sharp line drive singles to center early in the game.

2) Nathan Eovaldi started for the Marlins and was less than impressive against the weak Yankees' lineup. While he only allowed one earned run in four innings, Eovaldi allowed four hits, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch.

3) John Maine relieved Eovaldi and looked much sharper than the starter. Maine struck out Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez and retired the four other hitters he faced. Maine has not pitched in the Majors for two seasons due to injury, but is in contention for a roster spot with the Marlins. He does have a career K/9 of 7.6 and could be useful in NL-only leagues.

4) We saw a lot of the "small ball" that the Marlins will have to play in 2013. Four of their six runs were scored on productive outs (two sacrifice flies and two ground outs).

5) There were no 2013 fantasy stars on the field today, but Melky Mesa and John Maine could help late.

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