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    Notes: Marlins star Stanton dazed by pitch

    Marlins prospect beans team’s star

    An intrasquad matchup between two precocious talents Wednesday left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.

    Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet in Jupiter, Fla., during a Miami Marlins intrasquad game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, the team’s top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said the beaning affected his eyesight.

    ‘‘I wasn’t dizzy,’’ he said. ‘‘I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it’s subsiding now.’’


    Stanton said he didn’t expect to miss any playing time, but further medical evaluation was planned.

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    The 20-year-old Fernandez, the Marlins’ first-round draft pick in 2011, said the pitch slipped from his hand but still had plenty of velocity.

    ‘‘Over 95 miles per hour, I know it was. It’s a scary moment,’’ the righthander said. ‘‘My hands were sweating a lot. It was just not a good pitch. I feel bad. It’s not a good feeling, I promise you.’’

    Fernandez followed Stanton into the clubhouse to apologize.

    ‘‘When I asked him how he was doing, he laughed,’’ Fernandez said. ‘‘I told him I was sorry. He said, ‘Bro, it’s OK. It’s baseball. It happens.’ ’’


    The pitch struck the slugger on the lower edge of the helmet above his neck. Stanton led the NL in slugging percentage last year and hit 37 home runs.

    Fernandez is expected to start the season with Double A Jacksonville and is considered a candidate to break into the majors this summer.

    Another PED link

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera says he was ‘‘a little surprised’’ and ‘‘disappointed’’ by a report that his name was listed in the records of a now-closed Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball investigation into banned performance-enhancing drugs.

    ESPN reported Tuesday that Cabrera was on a list as having received performance-enhancing drugs.

    Cabrera, who led the NL with 44 stolen bases last season, declined specific comment on Biogenesis of America, the closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.


    He did not say whether he had taken, purchased or received performance-enhancing drugs.

    ‘‘I’m going to fully cooperate with Major League Baseball,’’ Cabrera said, ‘‘but I can’t say anything about that right now.’’

    Pineda pleads out

    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda pleaded no contest to driving under the influence Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom. Pineda was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa on Aug. 20 last year. A judge ordered Pineda, 24, to serve 50 hours community service, up to one year of probation, attend DUI school, and pay a $500 fine . . . Giants lefthander Javier Lopez will miss up to a week after a Madison Bumgarner warm-up pitch hit him squarely on the top of his left hand while they played catch Monday. ‘‘It hit flush on the wrist,’’ Lopez said. Lopez showed off the injury Wednesday. The seams of the baseball were clearly visible on his hand . . . Rangers’ Lance Berkman, 37, is dealing with a mild strain in his right calf. “It’s no big deal,’’ said Berkman, who played only 32 games last season because of two right knee operations and a left calf strain . . . Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades. The 87-year-old Garagiola said he’s retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Diamondbacks.