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RED SOX 0, MARLINS 0 | Spring training report

A day for defense as Red Sox end in scoreless tie

Old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia was in action against the Red Sox Thursday.. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia was in action against the Red Sox Thursday.

SCORE: Red Sox 0, Marlins 0 (game called with two outs in the top of the eighth).

RECORD: 1-5-1.

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BREAKDOWN: The Sox dodged heavy rain most of the day in Jupiter. The Marlins managed only two hits. The Sox brought only one everyday player, Jackie Bradley Jr.

THUMBS UP: Deven Marrero was spectacular at shortstop, making an acrobatic turn of a double play to save lefty Drake Britton a run. Later, Marrero made a great play behind second base to take a hit away. Third baseman Garin Cecchini made a nice diving stop and strong throw to first to get the runner. Marrero also had two hits. Starter Allen Webster pitched three scoreless innings, correcting a flaw in his delivery that was detected by Jon Lester and John Lackey.

THUMBS DOWN: The offense in general was lethargic as both teams failed to score. Brandon Snyder went 0 for 4. The weather got a thumbs-down, for sure.

MEDICAL REPORT: Catchers David Ross (foot) and A.J. Pierzynski (ankle), who have been nursing minor injuries, will get into games Friday and Saturday, respectively, according to manager John Farrell. Shane Victorino continues his baseball activities and is making progress.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox’ defense and pitching were much better than Wednesday, when they struggled with both. Farrell was quite pleased with the glove work by Marrero and Cecchini.

AROUND THE BASES: Football great Bill Parcells, who lives in Jupiter, attended the game . . . Farrell and former Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia exchanged a warm greeting before the game. Saltalamacchia is already emerging as a leader of the young Marlins, according to GM Dan Jennings . . . The Sox’ visit is usually the Marlins’ biggest draw of the spring, but the threat of rain kept attendance to 6,427, about 1,500 short of a sellout . . . Alex Hassan nearly hit a grand slam for the Sox with two outs in the fourth but his long fly ball to center was caught short of the wall.

NEXT GAME: The Sox face the Braves Friday at JetBlue Park. Felix Doubront, Jose Mijares, Francisco Cordero, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Edward Mujica are scheduled to pitch.

Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.
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