3/15/2013 5:01 P.M. ET
Cishek displaying nasty stuff for Team USA
By Bob Bellone / Special to MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Marlins still have two players in the World Baseball Classic -- left fielder Giancarlo Stanton and reliever Steve Cishek of Team USA.
On Thursday night, Cishek retired all four batters he faced in a 3-1 loss to the Dominican Republic in front of 34,366 fans at Marlins Park. The 6-foot-6 right-hander delivered nine pitches, all strikes, and notched two strikeouts in his fourth appearance of the tournament.
"He was nasty, and it was good to see him get in a big situation there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "That's good, because it will help prepare him for the season for us. He looked good. He looked sharp. And he showed a little fire, which was good to see, too. So you can tell he was into it."
The Americans will face Puerto Rico, under former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, in an elimination game Friday night. Rodriguez was given the job on an interim basis after Fredi Gonzalez was fired during the 2010 season.
In a 7-1 victory over Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Stanton went 2-for-3 and drew an intentional walk from the eighth spot in the batting order.
"Our guys are playing well," Redmond said. "What we were trying to do before they left was to prepare them to be ready to play, and play the whole game. They've done a good job. I'm happy for them."
The only other Marlins player in the event was right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who will make his first start since returning from Team Venezuela when the club visits the New York Mets on Saturday.
• John Maine would have liked to have at least two fastballs back from his Friday outing, as he continued his bid for a spot in the starting rotation. In three innings, the right-hander allowed three runs and three hits, including a solo home run by Francisco Cervelli and a two-run shot by Travis Hafner.
"I think that come the season, my pitch selection would be a little different," said Maine, who had two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
• "I liked the way we swung the bats," Redmond said, whose team outhit the Yankees, 13-6. "They got the bigger hits."
• Infielders Greg Dobbs and Placido Polanco could return from injuries Saturday. Dobbs has been hampered by a right calf strain and has played only once this spring. Polanco was batting .400 through four games before being sidelined with a right oblique strain.
• Right-hander Jacob Turner allowed two runs and walked three batters during a three-inning stint against prospects Thursday in Jupiter. "He had trouble with his command again, and that's definitely a concern," Redmond said. "Hopefully he can get it going over his next couple of starts. We need a guy in that rotation that can go in there and pound the strike zone and give us innings."
Tino takes time to enjoy brief reunion with Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. -- Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez had his share of distractions during batting practice before Friday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees.
Among those welcoming Martinez back to Tampa were former New York teammates Joe Girardi, the current manager, and Paul O'Neill.
"It's always great coming back here. I loved my time with the Yankees," Martinez said while carefully avoiding stepping on the famed team logo in the grass behind home plate.
As Martinez spoke a few feet from adoring fans lined up along the screen, an extended video tribute to the former first baseman played on the scoreboard.
"One of our coaches brought it to my attention that he got tired of watching it," Martinez said.
Marlins pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, who was with Martinez on the University of South Florida staff, was content to simply bask one more time in perfect baseball weather.
"Beautiful," Hernandez said. "That's why everybody wants to come here."
Bob Bellone is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.