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Nolasco roughed up by Astros

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ricky Nolasco had a short message for the Astros when he spoke after his Tuesday outing against Houston at Roger Dean Stadium.

"Batting practice is over," the-right-hander joked after his brutal start.

Miami's Opening Day starter was roughed up to the tune of seven runs (all earned) on eight hits, including four home runs, in three innings.

"I just couldn't command the ball anywhere," Nolasco said. "Just all over the place. It felt actually really weird, but the arm actually felt pretty good warming up and long-tossing. I was kind of excited because my arm was feeling pretty good, it was just my body wasn't cooperating with my arm in terms of rhythm and timing and all that stuff."

Nolasco clarified, saying the weirdness was just the way the ball was staying so far up in the zone.

"I normally don't miss by so much," he said. "Just yanking my front side and stuff."

He did strike out four, but walked two. He threw 68 pitches, 40 for strikes.

"It was a good way to know what not to feel," Nolasco said. "So if I ever feel that again, I can know to make the adjustment."

When asked how he may have approached the start differently had it been a regular-season game, Nolasco said: "I probably averaged like two pitches per hitter because they were just hacking. So obviously I'm not gonna be sitting there trying to work on first-pitch fastball location. If I see a team coming out hacking like that in the first inning, I'm gonna start throwing a lot of off-speed first pitches and not letting them sit there and tee off."

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.
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