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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Justin Nicolino wasn't supposed to be in Cincinnati, making his Major League debut.

Tom Koehler was supposed to start but a stiff neck that didn't respond to treatment put Nicolino on the mound against the Reds.

The Reds' starter Anthony DeSclafani was with the Marlins last year for five games after starting the season a Double A, Jacksonville. Nicolino spent the entire season at Jacksonville, where he roomed with DeSclafani.

The pair were both drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.

DeSclafani was taken out of the University of Florida with the Blue Jays' sixth pick in the 2011 draft. Nicolino was taken by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2010 draft.

Both pitchers were traded to Miami in a deal that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Emilio Bonafacio to Toronto.  The Marlins also got Ynenel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jake Marisnick and Jeff Mathis in the deal.

Nicolino made 13 starts at New Orleans with a 4-3 record and a 2.87 ERA, which was good for seventh in the Pacific Coast League at the time of his recall.
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Nicolino is trying to become the 10th pitcher in Marlins' history to win his Major League debut. The last Marlins pitcher to do it was DeSclafani on May 14th last season.

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