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2011 opener likely at home

Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana.

The pitching matchup attracted 41,245 at Citi Field on Opening Day when the Marlins took on the Mets.

The two All-Star pitchers are fixtures on their respective teams. Chances are, they will be matched up again on Opening Day in 2011. This time in Miami.

Nothing is official, as schedules for next season have yet to be released, but indications are the Marlins will face the Mets in the ’11 opener. The game most likely will be on a Friday night.

The 2011 season will be the Marlins last at Sun Life Stadium, their home since their inaugural 1993 campaign.

Recently, the Marlins worked out a one-year lease extension to play at Sun Life Stadium in 2011.

There was some speculation a few weeks ago that the Marlins would open against the Mets, but with the series being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the Marlins are expected to play three games in Puerto Rico in ’11, it won’t be their first series.

In 2012, the Marlins are moving into their new retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami.

— Joe Frisaro



Pregame ceremonies

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Another day at ballpark


Walk from 7 train to the new park. Still odd that Shea is a parking lot.


Citi Field tour



Our thanks to the Mets for taking the South Florida broadcasters and beat reporters on a tour of Citi Field on Monday. The place is really spectacular. Has similarities to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Pictured above is the old apple that popped up on home runs at Shea Stadium, which is now a parking lot. That apple is well behind the outfield wall, but it is a reminder of the Mets old home.

The Marlins, of course, will be opening a new park in 2012. Unlike Citi Field, which has a retro baseball theme, the Florida’s retractable-roof stadium will be more contemporary.

— Joe Frisaro