April 2010

Marlins-Reds lineup Tuesday

The Marlins look to rebound after losing 6-5 in 10 innings to the Reds on Monday. Left-hander Nate Robertson makes his second start, and he goes against right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

 

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1) Drew Stubbs, CF

2) Orlando Cabrera, SS

3) Joey Votto, 1B

4) Brandon Phillips, 2B

5) Scott Rolen, 3B

6) Jonny Gomes, LF

7) Jay Bruce, RF

8) Ryan Hanigan, C

9) Bronson Arroyo, P

 

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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) Nate Robertson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Cantu flirting with history

What Jorge Cantu is doing right now is impressive. It’s also potentially historic.

The Marlins cleanup hitter is riding a seven-game hitting streak, as well as a string of seven straight games with at least one RBI. For the season, Cantu has 12 RBIs. The Marlins also have played seven games.

If Cantu collects at least one hit and one RBI on Tuesday night against the Reds, he will grab a piece of MLB history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player started a season with more than a hit and RBI in every game the team has played you have to go back to 1921. That season George “Highpockets” Kelly started the year with an RBI and a hit in eight straight games. The mark has stood for 89 years.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Weekend in pictures

There were plenty of interesting sights and sounds at the Marlins first weekend series of the season. Everything from supporters wearing Billy The Marlin neckties to walkoff wins took place at Sun Life Stadium. And Super Saturday featured rapper Nelly, who helped call off the evening. (Thanks to Robert Vigon for the photos).

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New scoreboard unveiled

Gone one day. Back the next.

Well, not back exactly. Still, the out of town scoreboard has returned to a more visible place at Sun Life Stadium.

On Sunday, the park unveiled a new location for the A.L. and N.L. scoreboard. It now is positioned above the left field wall, and it’s part of the Dolphins’ Ring Of Honor. Scores from around the league now are stationed between the names Joe Robbie and Don Shula.

In recent days, much has been made over the scoreboard being removed from the left field wall — or Teal Monster. The 26 1/2 foot wall used to have the the scores right in them. A decision was made this year to remove the board because of upkeep. The stadium is responsible for the scoreboard maintenance, and light bulbs repeatedly burned out.

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Sanches injury update

In his mind, he has a target date of when to return.

Marlins reliever Brian Sanches is eyeing when the Marlins are in Houston rom April 20-22.

A more realistic return, however, may be April 23-25, when Florida travels to Colorado.

“I’d like to be back for Houston, but Colorado may be more likely,” Sanches said on Sunday morning. “It’s all tentative.”

Sanches is on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. He did some running on Sunday morning, and he threw off flat ground at 120 feet. His next step is to throw off the mound on Monday and Wednesday. By next weekend, the setup reliever could be pitching in Minor League rehab assignment games.

Sanches is expected to be one of the Marlins prime right-handed setup relievers. But on April 2 he injured his hamstring while throwing a warmup pitch before an exhibition against Double-A Jacksonville.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup for Sunday

The Marlins and Dodgers wrap up their weekend series on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Anibal Sanchez makes his first start of the season for the 1:10 p.m. ET game.

 

 

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1) Rafael Furcal, SS

2) Garret Anderson, LF

3) Matt Kemp, CF

4) James Loney, 1B

5) Ronnie Belliard, 3B

6) Blake DeWitt, 2B

7) Reed Johnson, RF

8) A.J. Ellis, C

9) Charlie Haeger, P

 

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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) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup for Saturday

The first Super Saturday concert of the season is set for Sun Life Stadium.

Rap star Nelly and the New Boyz are the featured performers to follow the Marlins-Dodgers game.

 

 

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1) Rafael Furcal, SS

2) Garret Anderson, RF

3) Matt Kemp, CF

4) Manny Ramirez, LF

5) James Loney, 1B

6) Casey Blake, 3B

7) Blake DeWitt, 2B

8) Russell Martin, C

9) Vicente Padilla, P 

 

 

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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) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Teal Monster scoreboard gone

A name change won’t be the only thing new at home Marlins games this year.

Sun Life Stadium, the seventh different name of the ballpark, also has a change on the left field wall. The “Teal Monster” no longer sports the scoreboards for both leagues. Fans have grown accustomed to seeing the complete scores on the wall.

The Miami Dolphins, owners of the stadium, didn’t want to pay for repairs to the scoreboard. So now the tall wall — or Teal Monster — has giant advertisements for the MLB Network.

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Marlins lineup for Friday

It’s being tabbed as “Opening Night” and more than 40,000 is expected at Sun Life Stadium.

The Marlins open their three-game set with the Dodgers with Chris Volstad taking the mound against Hiroki Kuroda.

 

 

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1) Rafael Furcal, SS

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3) James Loney, 1B

4) Manny Ramirez, LF

5) Matt Kemp, CF

6) Casey Blake, 3B

7) Blake DeWitt, 2B

8) Russell Martin, C

9) Hiroki Kuroda, P

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

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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) Chris Volstad, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Showing faith in the pen

Leo Nunez didn’t have to do much of a sales job to get an opportunity to close on Thursday.

Shortly before the Marlins faced the Mets in their series finale in New York, Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire checked with Nunez.

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The message was relayed to manager Fredi Gonzalez. It’s all he needed to hear to throw his closer back into action a day after he threw 40 pitches on Wednesday night.

If there was any signs of fatigued based on 40 pitches in 1 1/3 pitches the night before, Nunez didn’t show it. Instead, he neede 10 pitches (with seven strikes) to collected his first save of the season.

Gonzalez says he doesn’t talk to his pitchers about their well being because he doesn’t always get a straight answer. So he leaves that to St. Claire.

“I don’t talk to those pitchers,” Gonzalez said. “Randy and them have a good rapport. I hope they’re honest with Randy. When I come up, they say, ‘I feel good.’ “

The bullpen had a rough time on Wednesday, especially Renyel Pinto and Jose Veras. Gonzalez says when a players struggles, he tries to throw them back in as soon as possible to build back their confidence.

“I’m a big believer in putting guys in positions where they can succeed,” Gonzalez said. “I’m a believer in run those guys out there, and build their confidence. We can sit here and talk about how much confidence we have in that bullpen, but you have to show it. Those guys, the Pintos, the Verases, get ready to pitch, because you’re going to be used.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

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