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Marlins Open Spring With Wins Over FIU, UM

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JUPITER (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins opened their spring with a pair of convincing wins over local college teams.

Now it's time to see how they can do against MLB competition.

Marlins left-hander Andrew McKirahan needed only 12 pitches to strike out all three batters he faced Tuesday and help beat the University of Miami 7-1.

McKirahan, a Rule 5 acquisition from the Cubs, was one of nine pitchers for Miami. They combined on a six-hitter with one walk.

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton sat out, but the team went mostly with the lineup expected to open the season. Newcomer Martin Prado had a single and a walk, while most of the starters had only one plate appearance.

Marlins newcomer Dan Haren will start Thursday's spring training opener against the St. Louis Cardinals and likely throw two innings. Stanton, who signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract in the offseason, will start in right field.

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