At the World Baseball Classic, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton said he paid close attention to how some of Team USA’s best hitters prepared for their at-bats.
Specifically, he named Joe Mauer, Ryan Braun and David Wright, all of whom happen to hit third in the batting orders for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets, respectively.
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— Ricky Nolasco, Miami’s opening day starter, struck out five and allowed six hits in six scoreless innings. He gave up a leadoff triple in the fifth inning to Kolten Wong, then struck out the next two batters before Jon Jay flew out.
— Catcher Rob Brantly, batting fourth, went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
— Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
— Steve Cishek, in his first game since the WBC, walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth.