Jose Fernandez said he always wanted to pitch at Fenway Park.
That dream will have to come another day.
On Thursday, Fernandez will make his second start since having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
It won’t be at Fenway but at home in Little Havana as the Marlins kick off a four-game series against Cincinnati before the All-Star break.
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“Boston, this is just an incredible park,” Fernandez said. “This is one of the places I really wanted to go since I got here from Cuba.
“I would have loved to pitch here, it would have been a dream come true to pitch against the Red Sox. But, hopefully, it will be here for a little while and that dream can come true.”
Fernandez’s first start in almost 14 months was a smashing success, as he gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings — and even hit a solo homer — in the Marlins’ 5-4 victory over the visiting Giants last Thursday.
This start won’t have as much hype or buildup as his first, but Fernandez sure loves pitching at Marlins Park.
He is 13-0 in 21 career starts there, tying a modern-day record for the most starts at home without a loss, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I was excited to get out there the first game,” Fernandez said, “but once I got a few pitches out of the way, everything went back to normal. It was nice we won and I came out of it healthy. That’s big picture. I’m healthy and looking forward to pitching again at home.”
Manager Dan Jennings could have started Fernandez on Wednesday against the Red Sox, but with an off day Monday he decided to give Fernandez an extra day.
“It’s exciting to have Jose back,” Jennings said. “It really sets up our rotation all the way through once we get back from the break.”
SOLID ONCE AGAIN
Dan Haren gave the Marlins another solid start Tuesday night, giving up one run on six hits in six innings.
Haren threw 99 pitches and said afterward that he was pretty much done after the sixth. Steve Cishek came on with a 3-1 lead in the seventh and loaded the bases after getting the first out.
Boston then took the lead for good when Xander Bogaerts cleared the bases with a single to right off Carter Capps. Cishek took the loss.
“The last couple of times I went out with 95 or so pitches and got burned,” Haren said.
“It was a hot night. I may have had a little left, but I told them it was good enough and they felt the same way.”
▪ Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki ended his career-long drought Wednesday with a bloop single to left to load the bases in the fourth.
Ichiro struck out looking in the third to go hitless in 29 at-bats in a row.
“It’s hard to mention Ichiro and slump in the same breath,” Jennings said. “He’ll find his swing. No one knows it better on this club than Ichiro. We fully expect him to bounce out of it.”
▪ Jeff Baker strained his left oblique during his first-inning plate appearance Tuesday. Jennings said Baker was day-to-day.
“It’s similar to what he did in San Francisco,” Jennings said. “It grabbed him a little bit.”
▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Cincinnati Reds RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-3, 3.58), 7:10p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (4-4, 4.03) vs. Reds LHP David Holmberg (2015 debut), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.