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Astros-Marlins lineup

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins snapped their nine-game losing streak by beating the Cardinals on Thursday. On Friday, they look for back-to-back wins when they take on the Astros at 1:05 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ricky Nolasco gets the start for Florida, while J.A. Happ throws for Houston.


1) Michael Bourn, CF
2) Clint Barmes, SS
3) Hunter Pence, RF
4) Brett Wallace, 1B
5) Chris Johnson, 3B
6) J.B. Shuck, LF
7) J.R. Towels, C
8) Humberto Quintero, DH
9) Anderson Hernandez, 2B


1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) John Buck, C
6) Greg Dobbs, DH
7) Donnie Murphy, 3B
8) Josh Kroeger, LF
9) Scott Cousins, RF

Joe Frisaro

Sanabia makes first start

As Ricky Nolasco recovers from a sore right thumb, Alex Sanabia is getting a chance in the starting rotation.

Sanabia, who projects to open the year at Triple-A New Orleans, will make his first appearance of Spring Training on Thursday against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.


1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Scott Cousins, RF

4) Logan Morrison, DH

5) Joe Thurston, 2B

6) Matt Dominguez, 3B

7) Bryan Petersen, LF

8) Josh Kroeger, 1B

9) Brad Davis, C

Joe Frisaro

Getting Hanley on track

Many players would take a .288 batting average and .395 on-base percentage.

Hanley Ramirez isn’t like most players.

hanley-ramirez2q.jpgThe Marlins slugger is in a bit of a slide — by his standards, at least.

Through 19 games, Ramirez has one home run, six RBIs and nine runs scored. He has now gone five straight games without driving in a run, and with runners in scoring position this season, his average is .176.

After the Marlins lost 8-4 to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, Ramirez noted that it is early. And he is absolutely right.There is no reason to think the 26-year-old won’t get hot, and drastically raise his batting average. We’ve seen it since he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2006. Last season, of course, he was the NL batting champ with a .342 average, to go along with 106 RBIs. With runners in scoring position a year ago, he batted .373.

“Don’t worry about me. Just worry about the team. I’ll be fine. No worries,” Ramirez said Sunday night. “It’s early. We just have to keep winning. We had a couple of tough losses in Houston and here.

“We’ve got to keep competing the whole game. Our starting rotation has been doing a little bit better, and they’re going to get better. They’ve been going deep into the game.”

The Marlins went 4-5 on the road trip after taking two of three at Philadelphia. In the six games at Houston and Colorado, Ramirez was 4-for-22. When you count the final game in Philadelphia, he is 4-for-26. 

Quite simply, the numbers are very un-Hanleylike.

“It’s early. It’s not September or August,” Ramirez said. “Nothing like that. I’m not worried about that.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that the Marlins are 10-9 and they are above .500 without the offense clicking. Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla have been the hottest hitters all season. The others have been inconsistent.

“That’s happening to all the teams,” Ramirez said. “All 30 teams. Not nine guys in the lineup are going to be hot. Some guys are going to be cold, and some guys are going to get hot. We’ve got to try to go forward and get out of it.

“If everybody would be hot, we’d be 19-0. No worries for me. I know myself. I know what I can do.”

As long as he’s healthy, and he is, there is enough history on his side to suggest he will get red hot in a hurry. 

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins lineup for Wednesday

Last time out, Josh Johnson was impressive, beating the Reds at home, while striking out 10 in six innings.

J.J. is back on the mound again on Wednesday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Bud Norris is making the start for Houston. The Marlins are going with their standard lineup.








1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

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








1) Michael Bourn, CF

2) Jeff Keppinger, SS

3) Lance Berkman, 1B

4) Carlos Lee, LF

5) Hunter Pence, RF

6) Pedro Feliz, 3B

7) Kazuo Matsui, 2B

8) Humberto Quintero, C

9) Bud Norris, P

— Joe Frisaro





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



Jimenez returned to Boston

The Marlins on Sunday morning offered Rule 5 claim Jorge Jimenez back to the Red Sox.

jorgejimenez.JPGJimenez was obtained from the Astros as part of the Matt Lindstrom trade in December. The Astros picked Jimenez off Boston’s Double-A roster and sent him to Florida, where he was competing for a third base job.

With Jimenez out of camp, the Marlins now appear to be leaning toward Gaby Sanchez winning the first base job. One scenario was for Jimenez to win the third base job, which would have meant Jorge Cantu would switch back to first base.

Now, Cantu appears to be remaining at third base.

For a Rule 5 pick to remain with a club, he must be on the active roster. The Marlins didn’t feel the left-handed hitting third baseman fit their plans. He had 18 at-bats in Spring Training.

To purchase a Rule 5 pick at the Major League phase is $50,000. If he is returned, the cost is $25,000. So the cost for Jimenez was $25,000 for Florida

— Joe Frisaro


Anibal Sanchez to start

For the first time since June 2, Anibal Sanchez will be making a big league start.

After the Marlins suffered a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, the team announced Sanchez will take the mound on Friday against the Braves at Turner Field.

Sanchez will be reinstated off the disabled list on Friday, and he will pitch in the series opener. Atlanta is going with Javier Vazquez.

Right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who threw 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief on Thursday, was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Sanchez has been on the DL since June 3 with a right shoulder sprain.

For most of the season, Sanchez’s shoulder hasn’t been quite right. He has made seven big league starts, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.55 ERA.

On June 2 against the Brewers, he threw three innings before aggravating his shoulder. He walked off the mound that day clearly frustrated.

The same shoulder required surgery in June 2007.

Sanchez made two rehab assignment starts for Double-A Jacksonville. He last pitched on Monday, working 3 1/3 innings while throwing 45 pitches.

— Joe Frisaro


Clarification on hit streak

More on the Marlins historical hit streak.

It was brought to my attention that there should be some clarification to the hit streak chart showing the all-time streaks of 10 or more hits. The record, since 1900, is 18, shared by the Indians (1925) and St. Louis Browns (1922).

The Marlins ran their string to 14 straight games with an 11-hit performance on Tuesday night at Houston. That’s the longest streak since the 1937 Browns hit in 15 straight.

If you date back before 1900, you’ll find some marks higher than 18 straight games.

The 1894 Phillies had 10-plus hits in 31 consecutive games, from Aug. 11-Sept. 11, 1894.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins considering Smoltz

As expected, John Smoltz was released by the Red Sox on Monday afternoon. Once he clears unconditional waivers on Wednesday, the 42-year-old right-hander will become a free agent.

Strong indications are the Marlins are interested in Smoltz to be a starter in their rotation. It is believed that about six teams are weighing the prospect of signing Smoltz. The Cardinals, Dodgers, Rangers and Astros also have been mentioned.

The Red Sox designated Smoltz for assignment on Aug. 7. With Boston, the veteran was 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA.

In 20 years with the Braves, Smoltz won 210 games and had 154 saves.

The Marlins are looking for bullpen depth, but it appears they are interested in Smoltz to start.

— Joe Frisaro


Catching options

The Marlins may be in the market for a catcher, but it doesn’t look like veteran Josh Bard fits the mold.

The Red Sox placed Bard on waivers on Wednesday, which was the last day for a ballclub to place player on unconditional waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days. In January, Bard signed a one-year, $1.7 million non-guaranteed contract.

Indications are the Marlins have no interest in Bard as a backup to John Baker.

Florida has pursued Ivan Rodriguez, but the veteran opted to go to the Astros.

Mike Rabelo is a frontrunner to be the No. 2 catcher.

— Joe Frisaro