Marlins ace Josh Johnson could miss Opening Day start with flu

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Josh Johnson could miss his Opening Day start because of “a stomach virus that has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks.”
Johnson was scratched from his scheduled start Friday, with manager Fredi Gonzalez explaining: “We had to kick him out of the clubhouse.” However, according to Gonzalez there’s merely “an outside chance” of Johnson being unable to take the mound for the season opener on April 5.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Gonzalez said, adding that Ricky Nolasco would get the Opening Day nod if Johnson can’t pitch. Johnson made his first All-Star team last season and has pitched brilliantly since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008, going 22-6 with a 3.34 ERA and 268/85 K/BB ratio in 296.1 innings spread over 47 starts.

Vanderbilt defeats Michigan 8-2 to win College World Series

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Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.

Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.

Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.

On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.