JUPITER, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez returned from the World Baseball Classic and doubled, stole a base and scored a run in the Florida Marlins’ 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
"It’s nice to have him back," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He swung the bat well and made some nice plays defensively."
It was Ramirez’s first game since Dominican team was upset by the Netherlands — twice.
"That’s baseball. Anything can happen," he said. "Were you surprised when (the Marlins) eliminated the Mets in September last year? No. It’s baseball. It’s a game. It’s nothing like ‘Oh, we’re going to beat them’ or ‘They’re going to beat us.’ Everybody hit. It’s just that everything we hit was right at them."
Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson, a top prospect who will start the year in the minors, allowed one earned run in 4Ãinnings.
Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson allowed his first run of the spring on three straight singles in the second inning, the only hits he allowed over three innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and third baseman Omar Infante hit a two-run home run off Sean West in a six-run fifth inning.