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Kubel, Liriano stand out in loss to Marlins

Kubel, Liriano stand out in loss to Marlins

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MARLINS 5, TWINS 4
at Jupiter, Fla.
Monday, March 15

Twins at the plate: Jason Kubel's three-run homer to right-center put the Twins in front in the third inning. Denard Span bunted for a hit to open the frame and Nick Punto walked, setting up Kubel's first-pitch blast. Wilson Ramos added an RBI double in the third. Span went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.

Marlins at the plate: Continuing to make a strong impression, Mike Stanton belted a two-run homer -- his third shot of the spring -- in the third inning. It was his second opposite-field homer, as this blast launched high and deep to right. In the second, Cody Ross, back from a strained left groin, doubled. It was his first start in the outfield since March 4. Ross scored the game's first run on Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice fly to center. Sanchez was given new life at the plate when Ramos couldn't handle a foul popup. Ronny Paulino added a single in the inning. The Marlins tied it in the fifth on Emilio Bonifacio's two-out bunt single and Jorge Jimenez's RBI double. Donnie Murphy had an RBI single in the sixth, giving the Marlins the lead.

Twins on the mound: Francisco Liriano struck out three of the first four batters he faced. The left-hander, in the mix for the fifth rotation spot, tossed three innings, allowing three runs. He struck out six, and of his 50 pitches, 39 were for strikes. Kyle Waldrop struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief. Brian Duensing worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

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Marlins on the mound: In the first two innings, Chris Volstad worked around runners being stranded on second base. In the third, it caught up to him. The right-hander, who is looking to secure a rotation spot, faced seven batters in the third inning, and six of them reached. Kubel's three-run homer was the big blast. Volstad exited after 2 1/3 innings, throwing 67 pitches, 38 for strikes. He walked four.

Worth noting: Murphy was added to the lineup after Hanley Ramirez was scratched due to a tight right groin. Stanton batted third in Ramirez's spot. ... Liriano, playing by National League rules, batted in the second inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, he struck out swinging. In his second at-bat, he tapped out to first.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 8-4; Twins 5-6.

Up next: The Marlins have a split-squad afternoon set for Tuesday at 1:05 ET, with both games on the road. They head to Viera, Fla., to take on the Nationals, with Rick VandenHurk getting the start. Craig Stammen will throw for Washington. The other half of the team will be in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to face the Braves. Josh Johnson gets the nod in a matchup against Jair Jurrjens on MLB.TV.

The Twins return to Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday where they will play the Orioles at 12:05 p.m. CT. Scott Baker will get the start against right-hander David Hernandez.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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