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Alvarez to start Marlins' opener against Atlanta on April 6

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) Henderson Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.

Alvarez went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season. The right-hander, who turns 25 on April 18, was the favorite because Jose Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond called the decision a ''no brainer.''

''This guy had an unbelievable year last year,'' Redmond said Sunday. ''He stepped up at a time last year when we really needed somebody to step up, when Jose went down. I think he really turned the corner as far as being a starter and knowing and proving to himself and a lot of people that he can win big league games and go out there and pitch deep into games as well.''