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Yankees help Marlins break in new ballpark

MIAMI -- Marlins Park is just about ready. Same goes for CC Sabathia.

Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher each had two hits, Robinson Cano drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat Miami, 10-8, Sunday in the first exhibition between major league clubs at the Marlins' new $515 million ballpark.

Sabathia tuned up for Friday's opening day start at Tampa Bay, allowing four hits and three runs in four innings.

"He didn't feel great," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's physically a little bit under the weather. I think it'll be there when the bell rings. I really do."

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera worked one inning, allowing his first spring training earned run since March 15, 2008.

Giancarlo Stanton had two hits and two RBIs and Gaby Sanchez homered for the Marlins, who host the Yankees again Monday, the stadium's last rehearsal before Wednesday's season-opener against St. Louis.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, his spring ERA rising to 5.47. He yielded five runs and six hits in the fifth inning.

"One bad inning," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But besides that, pretty good."

Logan Morrison, Austin Kearns and John Buck had two hits apiece for Miami, which hadn't scored or allowed as many runs in any game this spring before Sunday.

"I think if they left CC out there a little longer I don't think we would have scored eight runs," Morrison said. "He's pretty good."

Jeter doubled off Nolasco on the game's first pitch and Swisher hit his first homer of the spring. And Sabathia, who had difficulty locating his fastball, pronounced himself ready for the season.

"Always the biggest issue for me is my fastball command," Sabathia said. "It wasn't there [Sunday], but there's no reason for me to feel like it won't be there Friday."

The Yankees went ahead for good when Bill Hall led off the ninth with a double off Chad Gaudin and scored one batter later on Eric Chavez's double. Pinch-runner Ramiro Pena later scored an insurance run on a wild pitch.

It was the fourth event in the building, preceded last month by a high school game and then Marlins' games against two college opponents.

A painter applied another coat of white to a column outside the ballpark before fans arrived. Underneath the stadium, pallets with supplies were scattered about. Outside the Marlins' clubhouse, a team logo awaited installation. And the 450-gallon aquariums behind home plate needed a pregame scrubbing.

So far, there are about 35 fish in each. Soon, that will probably double, said Kevin Mathis of Living Color Aquariums.

"Very unique and distinctive, that's for sure," Mathis said, though Sabathia said he didn't notice the fish from the mound.

One complaint from the Yankees: Swisher didn't care for the infield dirt.

"Like running in sand," said Swisher, who raved about the park otherwise.


Around the horn

*Boston manager Bobby Valentine says Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard will fill out the Red Sox rotation. Valentine announced the final two spots Sunday. The left-handed Doubront will take the fourth spot and the right-handed Bard will be the fifth starter. Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz already had places in the rotation.

*After a spring full of injury-related news, some relief for the New York Mets: Johan Santana will start on opening day. The left-hander, returning from shoulder surgery performed in September 2010, met with manager Terry Collins in his office Sunday. Later, Collins announced that Santana was set to pitch at home against the Atlanta Braves.

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