Seeking a Home Opener reversal

MIAMI — Maybe season No. 3 will be a charm for Miami in its Marlins Park opener.

The first two, to say the least, were highly disappointing.

Marlins Park, a colorful retractable-roof facility, opened with great fanfare in 2012. The team sported a high-profile roster, and had carried high enthusiasm into Opening Day against the Cardinals. But once the game got underway, there was little to cheer about for Marlins’ fans. The Cardinals scored in the first inning off Josh Johnson, and Miami was held hitless by Kyle Lohse for six innings.

The Marlins first hit came in the seven on Jose Reyes’ leadoff single. St. Louis went on to win, 4-1. Miami was limited to four hits.

In 2013, the Marlins opened on the road, getting swept in three games at Washington. In fact, they were shutout in the first two games.

The Marlins went 1-5 on their first road trip, and faced the Braves in their home opener. Again, they didn’t do much at the plate. They lost 2-0, but managed just two hits. Paul Maholm yielded just one hit while striking out seven in seven innings.

The Marlins take on the Rockies at 7:05 p.m. ET, and look to provide their fans with their first home opener victory.

Jose Fernandez, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, gets the starting nod. Colorado is going with lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

Gates open at 5:05 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:20 p.m. ET, and the first pitch is 7:05 p.m. Dan Marino is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Joe Frisaro

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