Pretty impressive debut by 20-year-old Jose Fernandez, who had never been above Class A, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out eight, a record for a Marlins pitcher in his major league debut. Fernandez retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a one-out single to Daniel Murphy in the fourth. The Mets got to him for a run in the fifth after Ruben Tejada reached on a one-out single and scored on Anthony Recker's double on a 1-2 pitch. The Mets rallied and won the game in the 9th.
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Roy Halladay struck out nine Atlanta Braves batters on Wednesday night. The problem is, he recorded just one more out than strikeouts, as he allowed five runs on six hits, three walks and two home runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. After a shaky spring training, the Phillies had the option of bumping Halladay's debut to later in the season. No one would have blamed them. Including Wednesday, Halladay has an 11.57 ERA in his last five starts against Atlanta in the last two seasons. I'm not saying Halladay is done after one mediocre season and one bad season-opening start on a rainy night in Atlanta. But Halladay's work in Wednesday's loss did nothing to ease my concerns about his rocky spring training that included a lack of velocity and poor results.