Marlins open up center field competition

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - A last-place finish often results in several position battles the following season. Not so much for the 2013 Miami Marlins.

Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, catcher Rob Brantly, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and first baseman Logan Morrison, when he returns from knee surgery, are projected to be everyday players.

Barring a spring surprise or disappointment, second baseman Donovan Solano, third baseman Placido Polanco and left fielder Juan Pierre also are expected to be in the lineup.

That leaves center field.

Justin Ruggiano and Gorkys Hernandez return to compete for the job. Pierre also could see time there; he never had the strongest arm but still can cover the ground. Highly rated prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick also will get looks.

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