WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Spring Training finished pretty much as it started for Dan Straily. On Wednesday afternoon, the 28-year-old right-hander gave up one run in six innings in the Marlins' 5-5 tie with the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.In his final Grapefruit League outing, Straily
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Spring Training finished pretty much as it started for Dan Straily. On Wednesday afternoon, the 28-year-old right-hander gave up one run in six innings in the Marlins' 5-5 tie with the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
In his final Grapefruit League outing, Straily struck out four and didn't issue a walk. Exiting after 83 pitches with 59 strikes, the right-hander's next outing is scheduled to be the second regular-season game for the Marlins on April 5 against Washington at Nationals Park.
"He was a guy I never had any doubt about," manager Don Mattingly said. "This wasn't someone who was really fighting to make the club. He was here getting ready to pitch. It's really what we expected, to be honest."
Acquired from the Reds in January, Straily came as advertised. With Cincinnati last year, he went 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA in 191 1/3 innings.
In the first inning on Wednesday, the right-hander got off to a shaky start. Josh Reddick led off with a triple and scored on Jose Altuve's one-out, RBI double to center. From there, Straily retired Carlos Correa on a grounder to short, and the inning ended on Carlos Beltran's lazy fly ball to right.
Straily gave up three hits the rest of the way and helped his cause by inducing two double plays.
Straily struck out 17 in 17 2/3 innings with just one walk this spring, and made his case to pitch near the top of the rotation.
Edinson Volquez will pitch Opening Day on Monday at Washington, and Straily will follow two days later, after an off-day.
"I'm pretty sure everyone who is a starting pitcher in the organization said, 'I'm fighting for Opening Day,'" Straily said. "That's what we all want. I'm excited. I don't get Opening Day, but I get the home opener."
Barring a change, Straily is indeed lined up for Miami's first game at Marlins Park, on April 11 against the Braves.
"Obviously, it's a good start to the relationship with the club," Straily said. "There's not much else I could ask for.
"Coming into camp, I pretty much knew where I stood. I was trying to get everything ready, trying to get my pitches ready, and get everything going."
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