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Even a bit off, Nolasco wins

Call it a sign of maturity, or perhaps Ricky Nolasco is just that good.

Maybe it’s a bit of both.

Encouraging for Nolasco and the Marlins on Sunday was the right-hander was able to piece together a quality start when he didn’t have his quality stuff.

ricky-nolasco.jpgThe box score from the Marlins’ 10-8 victory over the Mets will read that Nolasco gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings. He allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two.

Overall, not bad numbers. They were good enough for Nolasco to improve to 4-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.59.

What the linescore didn’t reveal was his fastball velocity was down a little bit. He was at 88-89 mph for most of the game, occasionally reaching 91. Once he topped at 92 mph.

“I felt terrible,” Nolasco said.

Over the course of 30-plus starts in a season, pitchers will have good and bad days. Nolasco’s velocity, on a good day, is between 92-94 mph. There is nothing physically wrong with Nolasco. It was his eighth start, in a day game, and he wasn’t at his sharpest. That was clear by the fact he threw 95 pitches with 54 for strikes.

In his previous start — at Chicago on May 11 — he threw 95 pitches with 69 strikes in seven innings.

“This is one of those games where I pretty much had to go out there and battle,” Nolasco said. “What I’m proud of myself is I battled. The offense did a great job.

“I’m not very happy with how I threw the ball. That’s going to happen. I move on to my next start.”

Another positive from Sunday’s win is it was another outing where the Marlins starting pitcher worked deep into the game. In the month of May, only once has a Florida starter given up more than four runs in an outing.

The rotation’s record in May is 9-3 with a 2.97 ERA.

MARLINS ALL-TIME WINS LEADERS:

Dontrelle Willis 68

A.J. Burnett, 49

Brad Penny 48

Ricky Nolasco 44

Ryan Dempster 42

Josh Beckett 41

Josh Johnson 37

Pat Rapp 37

– Joe Frisaro

Saturday's lineups

The Marlins have returned Emilio Bonifacio to the lineup on Saturday night, and the speedster was hitting in the second spot against hard-throwing Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett.

The lineups for Saturday:

Yankees:

1) Jeter, SS

2) Damon, LF

3) Teixeira, 1B

4) Posada, C

5) Cano, 2B

6) Swisher, RF

7) Cabrera, CF

8) Berroa, 3B

9) Burnett, P

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Hermida, RF

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) J.J.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Big weekend with Yankees

Big crowds are expected all weekend at Land Shark Stadium.

The Yankees are coming to town, and predictably, large crowds will follow. The Marlins open their three-game set with New York on Friday night.

The Interleague series will last through Sunday. Those planning on attending are encouraged to get their early.

The Marlins are anticipating 35,000 on Friday, 45,000 on Saturday and 30,000 on Sunday.

Florida enters the series ranked last in the Major Leagues in home attendance at 16,918 through 33 games.

The pitching matchup for Friday is Sean West vs. Andy Pettitte. On Saturday, Josh Johnson will take the mound against former Marlin, A.J. Burnett. And on Sunday, Chris Volstad will goes for Florida against CC Sabathia.

Tickets are available at www.Marlins.com. Even though attendance is expected to be high, in the 65,000-seat stadium, those walking up on game days shouldn’t be shut out. 

– Joe Frisaro

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