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Eovaldi getting used to new team, city

Eovaldi getting used to new team, city

Eovaldi getting used to new team, city
MIAMI -- Nathan Eovaldi may have looked very comfortable in his Marlins debut Saturday, but the 22-year-old is still getting acclimated to his new surroundings.

Eovaldi, who was acquired from the Dodgers in Wednesday's trade for Hanley Ramirez, is still meeting most of his new teammates.

"I know a few of them, but I don't know everybody yet," Eovaldi said. The right-hander is staying in a Coconut Grove hotel this week, and still needs to move most of his belongings to Miami. With the Marlins headed on the road following Sunday's game, Eovaldi has had little time to learn about his new city, but he has already begun to explore some of what Miami has to offer.

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"I was on the road when I got called up, so I have my travel stuff with me," Eovaldi said. "I'm staying in a hotel right now, so I don't have too much to unpack, but I went down to the Coconut Grove area and went to the mall a little on our off-day."

Eovaldi made a strong first impression on his new team, as he held the Padres to one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings Saturday.

"Most of the time, when you call a kid like that, he is so anxious to do good that he is overaggressive and can't find the strike zone," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This kid pitched well. Besides having a great arm, he knows how to pitch."

Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle saw enough from Eovaldi in his first outing to believe he can be a special pitcher for the Marlins for many years.

"Pretty [darn] impressive," Buehrle said. "Obviously not knowing too much about him being on the West Coast, I haven't seen him throw too much. Just watching him throw, he was pretty much dominating out there, and I think the report on him is he's been pretty good, but he hasn't had much run support, so that's why he was 1-6. If you throw the ball like that every time, it's going to be a force to be reckoned with over the next few years."

John Buck caught Eovaldi on Saturday and was very impressed with the young pitcher's stuff.

"Fastball jumped out of his hand," Buck said. "His location was good. He was able to throw it to either side of the plate. He threw a cutter pretty good ... and talking with his old manager, this was only his second game throwing it. You guys saw it's pretty nasty. It's something that will only get better."

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