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After 19 innings, Marlins finally score

Justin Ruggiano homers for Miami’s first run this year.

Justin Ruggiano homers for Miami’s first run this year.

MIAMI — The Marlins scored their first run of the season, ending a 19-inning drought Thursday on a second-inning homer by former Ray Justin Ruggiano, but fell to Nationals 6-1 to lose the three-game series by a combined 11-1.

The Cardinals began the 1943 season with 26 scoreless innings against the Reds, the post-1900 major-league record.

The Marlins kept the Nationals from becoming the first team since the 1963 Cardinals to open with three consecutive shutouts.

Miami opens a series at the Mets tonight with RHP Alex Sanabia starting, his first appearance in the majors since Sept. 24, 2011.

"We'll be fine," Ruggiano said. "We've got a young team. We're all maybe a little amped up. We'll settle down."

Former Rays Davis, Shields prepare for batter's box

Royals RHPs Wade Davis and James Shields, obtained from the Rays during the offseason, will have to bat during their starts in an interleague series at the Phillies this weekend.

"It's going to be cold, it's probably going to rain and I'll probably be in the back corner of the box, trying to work a five-pitch at-bat without swinging," said Davis, who starts today. "Hopefully, avoid swinging at all."

Shields will go against LHP Cole Hamels on Sunday. At least Shields got a hit off him seven years ago.

"We're prepared," Shields said. "We prepared ourselves in spring training to be able to do this."

Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and George Brett will throw out the first pitch today for Philadelphia's home opener. The last time they were together in a ballpark in Philadelphia, Schmidt's Phillies beat Brett's Royals in the clinching Game 6 of the 1980 World Series at old Veterans Stadium.

rockies pitchers scuffle: Rockies pitchers Juan Nicasio and Edgmer Escalona got into a brief skirmish during a public workout at Coors Field. Teammates separated them after some back-and-forth bantering during stretching as the Rockies were preparing for tonight's home opener. The team said there are no lingering issues. First-year manager Walt Weiss told coloradorockies.com that the fight was over, "trivial stuff.… I wanted to make sure it was over with. That was my biggest concern. It is. They're like brothers."

kotchman to DL: Marlins 1B Casey Kotchman will go on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left hamstring. The Seminole High grad and former Ray was injured running out a grounder Wednesday.

Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia might use Albert Pujols as the DH against the Rangers this weekend to rest his sore left foot. Josh Hamilton, signed during the offseason, will play in Texas for the first time since his five years there ended with boos. Asked what would tell Rangers fans, Hamilton said: "Cheers are always good, but follow your heart — you can't go wrong with that."

mariners: Michael Morse homered for the third straight day and joined Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to homer four times in the first four games.

orioles: 2B Brian Roberts will have an MRI after injuring his right hamstring while stealing second base against the Rays. He said he felt something pop behind his right knee during his last couple steps. He was limited to 17 games due to injuries last season.

reds: With 36 strikeouts in a series against the Angels, Cincinnati set a club record for the first three games.

Tigers: Former closer Jose Valverde agreed to a minor-league contract. The three-time All-Star, 35, struggled last season and became a free agent.

yankees: RHP Hiroki Kuroda felt a little discomfort in his bruised right middle finger but said he will try to make his next scheduled start, Monday in Cleveland. He will try to complete his regular bullpen session today.

athletics-astros trade: The A's traded LHP Travis Blackley for Astros minor-league outfielder Jake Goebbert. Blackley is expected to be on the Houston roster tonight when a series against Oakland begins.

After 19 innings, Marlins finally score 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:17pm]
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