Mar 2, 2016 7:49 PM

LEADING OFF: Mattingly debuts in Miami dugout, A-Rod all set

The Associated Press

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday:



New Marlins manager Don Mattingly guides his team against major league competition for the first time when Miami takes on St. Louis at the complex the clubs share in Jupiter, Florida. It will also be the first game for new Marlins batting coach Barry Bonds.


Washington ace Max Scherzer starts against the visiting Mets. The previous time he faced them, in the next-to-last game of the season, Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the year and struck out a team-record 17.


Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is expected to play for the first time this spring, facing a Phillies split squad. The 40-year-old hit 33 home runs last season.


Jeremy Guthrie gets a fresh start when he pitches for Texas, which signed him earlier this month. The 36-year-old righty will face Kansas City Guthrie started Game 7 of the 2014 World Series for the Royals, and went 8-8 for them last year.


San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford has some soreness in his right shoulder and will be used as a designated hitter for a week or so. "Pitchers have a pitch count, I have a throw count," he said. Starter Jake Peavy and the Giants play Milwaukee.


Brewers newcomer Chase Anderson pitches against the Cubs. The right-hander was 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 starts for Arizona last season, then traded to Milwaukee in late January in the deal for shortstop Jean Segura.


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