Marlins add B game with Mets on March 5

JUPITER, Fla. -- With so many roster spots open and a large volume of young players in camp, the Marlins were looking for more games. They found one, even if it is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage.

Miami has worked out a B game against the Mets on March 5 on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Manager Mike Redmond noted another B game could be worked out with the Cardinals in a couple of weeks.

The B game with New York will be at 11 a.m. ET. It falls on the same day the Marlins will play Team Venezuela at 7 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Marlins open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday as the home team against the Cardinals in Jupiter. Who will start has not been announced. John Maine and Wade LeBlanc are possibilities.

The Marlins are providing plenty of competition for roster spots.

"I think there is good competition," Redmond said. "We've got some young guys fighting for some spots and fighting for some playing time. And we've got a few veteran guys here as well. I think all around it's going to be a good battle. We'll see how it shakes out."

On Monday, Marlins pitchers will face hitters in batting practice. The team will be on the field at 10 a.m. ET, and the drills are open free to the public.