Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting.
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Elite Robbie Gould Jersey If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5, including a ninth-inning homer to cap a 7-3 victory Sunday.

Both teams kept their tempers in check even as two Pirates and one Marlin were hit by pitches. Harrison left in the Authentic Mirco Mueller Jersey third inning after being plunked on the back of the left hand by a 96 mph fastball from Jose Urena.

I’m a very patient, calm guy, Marte said through a translator. It’s always tough to lose one of your key players. But we’re trying to win. The focus here is to remain focused. That helped us out.

Marlins reliever Odrisamer Despaigne plunked Francisco Cervelli on the left hand in the seventh. Despaigne appeared to apologize as Cervelli trotted to first base, and the Pittsburgh catcher responded with a conciliatory wave.

We’ve had a lot of hit batsmen here, for whatever reason, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. I don’t believe the situation has had any intent. We don’t like to get hit, though.

You play on. I thought both teams handled it very professionally.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has completed the sale of a 49 percent interest in the team to Joe Tsai, who could become the controlling owner in three years.

The Nets finished this season with a 28-54 record, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances. However, the season did end on an up note after the team won seven of its last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.

I don’t think we can argue with what Kenny and the staff have done in terms of developing talent, Marks said. We’re all sitting here saying ‘Can we do better?’ Sure, and that starts with me. Kenny would say the same thing. Can we improve over the course of the next offseason and years to come? [Yes] 100 percent.

On the court, Jeremy Lin didn’t even make it through one full game this season. He has played in just 37 games over two seasons as he enters the final year of his three-year, $36 million deal, but Marks isn’t counting out the 29-year-old guard.

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