Justin Ruggiano is aiming to make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, but he has plenty of work to do to convince the Marlins that he’s their starting center fielder.
While Ruggiano rested a tight lower back, Chris Coghlan has gotten off to a good start. He’s 6-for-20 (.300) with a double and two RBI over his first seven games, not including 4-for-4 Tuesday against Venezuela.
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• Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco struck out six in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 40 of his 59 pitches for strikes, in a 4-1 loss to the Mets.
• Mets starter Matt Harvey struck out five and pitched 4 1/3 hitless innings. Miami had only three baserunners in the game.
• Chone Figgins started in right field for Miami and made a running catch to rob Jordany Valdespin of an extra-base hit on the game’s first play.
• Mets left fielder Jamie Hoffmann made a leaping catch above the wall to rob Joe Mahoney of a homer.