The Marlins came closer to finalizing their roster Thursday by informing infielder Chris Valaika he will make the team and creating an opening for Chris Coghlan to be the fourth outfielder.
Barring a trade, the Marlins’ final decision before opening the season Monday in Washington will be at backup catcher.
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• The Marlins had just three base runners, all reaching on singles, against four Cardinals pitchers in a 1-0 loss.
• Marlins starter Justin Nicolino, who will pitch for Class A Jupiter, gave up a double to John Jay on his first pitch and settled down to allow one run on six hits in five innings. He struck out three.
• St. Louis’ Lance Lynn had his best outing of the spring, allowing two hits and striking out five in six innings. He finished with a 4.94 ERA.