April 2010

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

Last time out, Josh Johnson was impressive, beating the Reds at home, while striking out 10 in six innings.

J.J. is back on the mound again on Wednesday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Bud Norris is making the start for Houston. The Marlins are going with their standard lineup.

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

 

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1) Michael Bourn, CF

2) Jeff Keppinger, SS

3) Lance Berkman, 1B

4) Carlos Lee, LF

5) Hunter Pence, RF

6) Pedro Feliz, 3B

7) Kazuo Matsui, 2B

8) Humberto Quintero, C

9) Bud Norris, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

 

Marlins lineup for Tuesday

After a day off on Monday, the Marlins are back in action to begin a three-game series with the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Chris Volstad will make the start while Houston is going with Brett Myers.

Marlins lineup:

1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Wes Helms, 3B

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Lamb learning from Helms

Peer pressure has no age limit.

Yes, the presence of veteran Wes Helms is important in the development of the younger Marlins players. His work ethic also isn’t lost on Mike Lamb, a 33-year-old with nine seasons in the big leagues.

mikelamb3.jpg“He’s a great example to the younger kids, guys coming up, who think they know it all. Not anyone here, in particular,” Lamb said of Helms. “He’s definitely a good example of having a work ethic and being prepared to do the job.

“Peer pressure, it affects everybody, and not just teenagers doing stupid stuff. When you have a guy like that, it rubs off on people. It rubs off on me, and hopefully on the younger guys.”

Helms and Lamb are the two most seasoned Marlins off the bench. The two are the primary pinch-hit options, with Lamb batting from the left side and Helms from the right.

Lamb is in his first season with the Marlins, while Helms is an established presence, who has taken players like Chris Coghlan and Brett Carroll under his wing.

What stands out, to Lamb, is how Helms prepares.

“Success or failure is not really up to the individual. It’s an occurance, really,” Lamb said. “The thing about it is if you are not preparing yourself to be in that moment, that’s where the failure lies. If you’re a guy with talent, and toughness and you play three years instead of 15 becaus, it might be because you cheated yourself in the preparation aspect of it.”

Helms is the type of player who won’t let younger guys slack off.

“He’s a good example for the rookies coming up to not take this opportunity for granted,” Lamb said. “To not let it slip away. To take advantage of it. To prepare yourself like a professional, rather than taking things for granted. If not, the next thing you know, you’re 26 and you’re out of the game. His success is a testament to his preparation.”

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Maybin leading off Sunday

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is changing things up at the top of the order. With Chris Coghlan struggled, Cameron Maybin is leading off on Sunday in the series finale with the Phillies.

The Phillies are starting left-hander Cole Hamels.

Gonzalez said Maybin offers more speed at the top of the lineup. The switch at leadoff will be more than one game. Coghlan is hitless in last 15 at-bats. Also before the game, Ronny Paulino was scrated due to a tight right quad.

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) John Baker, C

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Nate Robertson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

All-Star Game promo

Before Saturday night’s game, three Marlins arrived to the ballpark early to take part in an MLB commercial.

Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Dan Uggla was taped for a promotion for the 2010 All-Star Game, which will air on Fox on July 13 in Anaheim.

Ramirez has been the NL’s starting shortstop in the Midsummer Classic the past two years. Johnson was an All-Star in 2009, while Uggla has twice been an All-Star (2006, 2008).

 

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Marlins-Phillies Saturday lineups

On a chilly Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins and Phillies are playing their second of three games.

Early forecast, 53 degrees, gusting 18 mph winds.

Ricky Nolasco will square off with veteran Jamie Moyer.

Chris Coghlan is back in the starting lineup for Florida, after missing three straight games with soreness in his left ribs area.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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 1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Juan Castro, SS

8) Brian Schneider, C

9) Jamie Moyer, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Phillies lineups Friday

The Marlins get their first shot at the three-time defending N.L. East champion Phillies. Anibal Sanchez makes the start while Philadelphia is going with Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) John Baker, C

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Mike Lamb, 1B

8) Brett Carroll, LF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Juan Castro, SS

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Roy Halladay, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins outright Veras

Joe Veras, who was designated for assignment on April 14, cleared waivers and he was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

The move means the veteran right-hander remains in the organization.

veras2.jpg“We’ll see him some time again this year,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

A non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Veras made the Marlins Opening Day roster, and he initially was in a late innings setup role.

But he struggled throwing strikes, and after four appearances, his ERA was 15.43, although he had a win. Veras allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, and he struck out five while walking four.

“Sometimes it is just about getting people out,” Gonzalez said.

In Spring Training, Veras was throwing hard, showing a 96 mph fastball.

“We liked his velocity and movement,” Gonzalez said. “I’m glad he cleared waivers. We’ll see him again.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins look to snap their two-game losing streak in their four-game set with the Reds on Wednesday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Because left fielder Chris Coghlan bruised his left side while making his diving catch on the warning track on Tuesday night, he is not in the lineup on Wednesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez updated his lineup.

 

 

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1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Paul Janish, SS

3) Joey Votto, 1B

4) Brandon Phillips, 2B

5) Scott Rolen, 3B

6) Jay Bruce, RF

7) Jonny Gomes, LF

8) Ramon Hernandez, C

9) Homer Bailey, P

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) John Baker, C

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8) Brett Carroll, LF

9) Chris Volstad, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins make roster moves

The Marlins have made their first roster moves since the start of the season.

Infielder Emilio Bonifacio was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while reliever Jose Veras was designated for assignment.

The Marlins recalled right-hander Chris Leroux from Triple-A to fill in Veras’ spot in the bullpen. Outfielder Brett Carroll was activated off the 15-day disabled list.

Bonifacio was serving as a super utility player, but he is projected to be an every day second baseman. Now he goes to New Orleans, where he can play every day.

Carroll had been on the DL with a strained left oblique. He spent the past few days playing in rehab assignment games for Class A Jupiter.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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