September 2010

Marlins lineup for Thursday

Home again after getting swept by the Braves, the Marlins look to finish 2010 on a high. They certainly endured a low on the road, going 1-6 at Milwaukee and Atlanta.

The Marlins face the Pirates in the first of four games on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

At home this season, the Marlins are 38-39.

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

 – Joe Frisaro

 

 

Uggla on brink of 100 RBIs

Dan Uggla is on the brink of joining an exclusive Marlins’ club.

With his next RBI, he will place himself on the franchise’s 100 RBI list. In their history, the benchmark has been reached 14 times.

Uggla1z2.jpgUggla has been stuck on 99 since his run-scoring single in the seventh inning last Thursday at Milwaukee. He has gone four games without driving in a run heading into Tuesday night at Atlanta.

The 99 RBIs by Uggla are the most of any National League second baseman. Robinson Cano of the Yankees has 105, which tops all MLB second basemen.

Uggla is having a career season across the board, and he’s already topped his season best for RBIs. Previously it was 92 in 2008.

Preston Wilson holds the franchise record with 121, posted in 2000. A year ago, Hanley Ramirez (106) and Jorge Cantu (100) reached the century mark.

Florida’s season RBI leaders:

* Preston Wilson, 121, 2000
* Gary Sheffield, 120, 1996
* Miguel Cabrera, 119, 2007
* Miguel Cabrera, 116, 2005
* Moises Alou, 115, 1997
* Carlos Delgado, 115, 2005
* Miguel Cabrera, 114, 2006
* Miguel Cabrera, 112, 2004
* Hanley Ramirez, 106, 2009
* Jeff Conine, 105, 1995
* Mike Lowell, 105, 2003
* Cliff Floyd, 103, 2001
* Jorge Cantu, 100, 2009
* Mike Lowell, 100, 2001
* Dan Uggla, 99, 2010

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to end slide

After losing a tough, 2-1, decision in 11 innings on Monday, the Marlins look to bounce back on Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field.

Florida has dropped four of five on the road trip, and they are 77-79 with six games to go.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Brian McCann, C

4) Derrek Lee, 1B

5) Melky Cabrera, LF

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Brooks Conrad, 3B

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Bonifacio back in lineup

Overall, the Marlins are 39-39 on the road this year after they dropped three of four at Milwaukee.

On Monday, they begin their final away series of the season, as they take on the Braves at Turner Field.

Alex Sanabia gets the starting nod, while the Braves are going with Tommy Hanson.

Monday marks the return of Emilio Bonifacio to the starting lineup. Bonifacio has been bothered by a tight left hamstring. He is starting at shortstop as Hanley Ramirez isn’t ready to return.

 

 

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1) Scott Cousins, CF

2) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

 

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Derrek Lee, 1B

6) Nate McLouth, LF

7) Alex Gonzalez, SS

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Tommy Hanson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

  

Stanton showcases strong arm

Mike Stanton has created plenty of attention with his bat. The 20-year-old rookie right fielder has 20 home runs since arriving to the big leagues on June 8.

During the first two games in Milwaukee, though, Stanton has made an impact with his arm. On Friday night, he threw out two runners, giving him three assists thus far in the series.

In his first 89 big league games, Stanton now leads all Marlins outfielders in assists with nine.

Stanton’s surge moved him past Chris Coghlan, who had seven in 90 games before he was sidelined with season-ending knee surgery.

As a team, the Marlins have had 35 outfield assists this year. Cody Ross had six assists, while Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison each have four. Emilio Bonifacio has three, while Brett Carroll added two.

In terms of team history, Stanton’s nine assists ties him with Todd Dunwoody (1998) for the fourth most by a Marlins’ rookie outfielder.

Stanton is now closing in on Preston Wilson, who is third on the team list with10 in 1999. Jeff Conine is second with 11 in 1993.

Still, don’t look for Stanton to challenge the club rookie record. 

The Marlins all-time mark for rookie outfield assists has stood for 12 years, and it should remain for a while longer. In 1998, Mark Kotsay posted 20 assists, which also is an overall franchise record.

– Joe Frisaro
 

No clear-cut manager frontrunner

A list of candidates is being compiled, and more names are starting to surface. What remains unclear in the Marlins’ managerial search is if there is a true frontrunner.

The intriguing name out there is Ozzie Guillen, whose status with the White Sox remains unsettled. However, reports are out that Guillen is seeking a long-term contract to remain in Chicago.

If he were to become available, Guillen would instantly appear to be the Marlins’ first choice. The Marlins, though, haven’t made any public comments regarding their managerial position.

The team has repeatedly said after the season they will evaluate current manager Edwin Rodriguez, who has the Marlins one game over .500 (76-75) heading into their final road trip, which begins on Thursday at Milwaukee.

Guillen has ties with the Marlins. He was the third base coach in 2002-03.

Because some of the potential candidates project to be on the staffs of playoff teams, the search could last a little while. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and third base coach Tom Foley are a couple of names to monitor. Both are regarded as solid big league managerial candidates. Whether they are fits for Florida is unclear right now.

There are a couple of other names floating around. Bobby Valentine, who was in consideration in June after Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed, remains in the picture. How much so, though, is in question. Indications are that Valentine will not get the job.

Bo Porter, the D-backs bench coach, interviewed after Gonzalez was let go. Porter also is being discussed internally. But like Valentine, he may not be the first option.

Padres first base coach Rich Renteria and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena also are under consideration. And Ted Simmons, the Padres bench coach, has been mentioned, but he doesn’t appear to be the first choice.

Other names brought up in various media reports are Larry Bowa and Wally Backman.

For now, the Marlins are playing out the season before deciding which direction to go in 2011.

– Joe Frisaro

 
 

Hanley hurting, out of lineup

Hanely Ramirez winched in pain several times while swinging the bat in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Mets.

On Wednesday, Ramirez was out of the lineup again with a sore left elbow. The elbow has bothered the three-time All-Star shortstop for about six weeks. He had missed four straight games prior to Tuesday.

Now, it is unclear when he will play again. Ozzie Martinez started at shortstop on Wednesday, while Logan Morrison batted third.

The Marlins are shorthanded in the infield because Emilio Bonifacio is nursing a tight left hamstring. He won’t be ready for at least two more days.

Florida concludes its homestand on Wednesday with Alex Sanabia starting against New York’s Jon Niese.

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, RF

3) Carlos Beltran, CF

4) David Wright, 3B

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Lucas Duda, LF

7) Josh Thole, C

8) Ruben Tejada, 2B

9) Jon Niese, P

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Hanley back in lineup

Hanley Ramirez is back in the Marlins lineup after sitting out four straight games with left elbow inflammation.

The three-time All-Star shortstop came in early on Tuesday and took some swings in the cages. While he didn’t show full extension with his elbow during batting practice on Monday, Ramirez is playing, and he will wear a protective sleeve on his left arm when he is batting.

Ramirez said his elbow has been bothering him for about six weeks.

The Marlins and Mets open a two-game series on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium. Adalberto Mendez gets the start for Florida against New York’s Mike Pelfrey.

Logan Morrison enters Tuesday riding a string of 39 straight games of reaching safely.

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes SS

2) Angel Pagan, RF

3) Carlos Beltran, CF

4) David Wright, 3B

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Lucas Duda, LF

7) Josh Thole, C

8) Ruben Tejada, 2B

9) Mike Pelfrey, P 

 

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1) Scott Cousins, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Adalberto Mendez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Cardinals lineups

The Marlins and Cardinals are making up their Aug. 8 rainout with a 3:10 p.m. ET contest at Sun Life Stadium.

The Marlins have lost a season-high six straight games. Their task won’t be easy as St. Louis is going with Chris Carpenter. Chris Volstad pitches for Florida.

Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game due to left elbow inflammation.

Emilio Bonifacio was initially in lineup batting leadoff and playing shortstop. But hew as scratched due to left hamstring tightness. Ozzie Martinez filled in, making his first big league start at shortstop.

 

 

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1) Skip Schumaker, 2B

2) Jon Jay, RF

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Colby Ramus, CF

6) Yadier Molina, C

7) Pedro Feliz, 3B

8) Chris Carpenter, P

9) Brendan Ryan, SS

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins added 31st overall pitcher

Make it 31 pitchers and counting.

The Marlins added yet another reliever on Monday, selecting the contract of Steve Cishek from Double-A Jacksonville.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Jhan Marinez has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Over the course of the season, the Marlins have had 31 different pitchers on the roster, a franchise record. Not all of them has pitched yet. Sandy Rosario was brought up as the 30th pitcher on Sunday, but he has not thrown in a big league game yet.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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