New York Mets defeat Florida Marlins, 8-4

MIAMI - Livan Hernandez makes his Mets debut Saturday night at Dolphin Stadium, where he earned the 1997 World Series MVP award with the Marlins.

Since pitching three scoreless innings at Citi Field in an exhibition game last Friday against the Red Sox, Hernandez has been working out in Port St. Lucie. He threw a 35-pitch batting-practice session Tuesday and had a light bullpen session two days ago to stay sharp.

Hernandez had a 2.55 ERA in 17-2/3 spring innings to clai...

MIAMI - So much for any rumblings about benching Luis Castillo.

Jerry Manuel pinch-hit Jeremy Reed for Castillo against the Marlins in the ninth inning Friday with the tying run on second base and two out. But the manager stuck with Castillo in the lineup Saturday night, despite the second baseman opening the season in a 1-for-10 rut.

Castillo responded by going 4-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and sacrifice as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-4. Castillo nearly establish...

MIAMI - Marlon Anderson's roster spot, and quite possibly his big-league career, ended Saturday when the Mets designated the pinch-hitter for assignment to clear room for Livan Hernandez. Anderson, 35, was in the second season of a two-year, $2.2 million deal.

After he clears release waivers Wednesday and is given a chance to shop for a major-league job, he could be re-signed to a minor-league contract. But there has been zero indication that Anderson would be willing t...