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Marlins' rotation hopefuls impress vs. Nats

March 24, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.Urena, who is competing for Miami's fifth starter spot, struck out five without issuing a walk.

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Urena, who is competing for Miami's fifth starter spot, struck out five without issuing a walk. The Marlins opened the scoring on Ichiro's two-out, RBI single off Nats starter Jacob Turner.
Clint Robinson had a double and a single for Washington.
Miami scored twice in the fourth off Turner. Ichiro's single scored Adeiny Hechavarria and Miguel Rojas delivered an RBI double.
"Just get him his at-bats," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Ichiro. "He can kind of direct it, by how many he wants. This last week, are you getting enough? If he's not getting enough [at-bats], he can go to the Minor League side."
On Friday afternoon, the Marlins announced their first four starters, and the fifth spot remains unresolved. Urena and left-hander Adam Conley are both candidates.
Conley worked three innings, allowing three hits, and exited after 40 pitches.
In the second inning, the Nationals threatened after Robinson led off with a double. Washington loaded the bases with one out, but Urena struck out Jose Lobaton and Zach Collier to end the inning.
"They had the bases loaded, and we were trying to attack the hitters and let them put the ball in play," Urena said.
Nationals right-hander Vance Worley, who went two-plus innings, exited the game due to some undisclosed discomfort after throwing three pitches to Tyler Moore to lead off the eighth.
Nationals Up Next: The Nationals will be the road team when they play the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Tanner Roark will make his return from the World Baseball Classic to start for the Nats. Watch on MLB.TV and listen on Gameday Audio.
Marlins Up Next: Coming off their first night game of Spring Training, the Marlins have a quick turnaround, facing the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. Miami is the home team. Left-hander Justin Nicolino, in the mix for the fifth rotation spot, makes the start. St. Louis is going with right-hander John Lackey. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton are scheduled to be in the lineup. Watch on MLB.TV and listen on Gameday Audio.
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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.