September 2012

Marlins going with a six-man rotation

MIAMI — The Marlins will be going with a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.

The decision was made to take a look at some of the young arms, as well as rest some of the veterans in a month where the club is partly evaluating which direction they will go in 2013.

The revised rotation will have Wade LeBlanc returning to the rotation, after he was used in long relief of late. The lefty will start on Tuesday night in place of Jacob Turner, the 21-year-old who will be pushed back a few days.

“LeBlanc is going to start,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Just because we’re worried about Turner’s innings. We’re going to give him a little rest. He’s never pitched in September. He never pitched that many innings.”

After LeBlanc faces the Brewers on Tuesday, Nathan Eovaldi will start on Wednesday, and Josh Johnson will close out the four-game set with Milwaukee on Thursday.

Turner will start the series opener at Washington on Friday. Mark Buehrle will start on Saturday and Ricky Nolasco on Sunday against the Nationals.

Joe Frisaro


Stanton back in cleanup spot

MIAMI — Searching for more run production, Giancarlo Stanton is back in the cleanup spot.

Manager Ozzie Guillen had been going with Stanton in the fifth spot since he returned from the DL in early August, after missing a month due to right knee surgery.

On Sunday, Stanton flip-flopped with Carlos Lee, who had been hitting fourth. Lee is batting fifth in the series finale with the Mets on Sunday.

After letting a ninth-inning lead slip away on Saturday, Miami has dropped the first two against New York.

The Marlins also have lost three straight.

Mark Buehrle takes the mound in the 1:10 p.m. ET meeting with the Mets at Marlins Park.


1) Petersen, LF

2) Ruggiano, CF

3) Reyes, SS

4) Stanton, RF

5) Lee, 1B

6) Dobbs, 3B

7) Solano, 2B

8) Brantly, C

9) Buehrle, P

Joe Frisaro