Results tagged ‘ Dan Uggla ’

Gaby, Cody return to lineup

The Marlins lineup on Tuesday welcomed back two key position players. Gaby Sanchez (hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck) will each start for the first time since last Thursday.

The Marlins open a three-game set at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg gets the start for Washington.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6 ) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Cardinals Saturday lineup

Mired in a season-long five-game losing streak, the Marlins are turning to their ace, Josh Johnson, in hopes of getting back on the winning track.

Jake Westbrook gets the start for St. Louis on Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Gaby Sanchez (right hamstring) and Cody Ross (neck) are out of the lineup for the second straight day. Both are day-to-day. With an off day on Monday, there is a likelihood they both could be rested for the series before returning on Tuesday at Washington. Both are available to pinch-hit.

 

 

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1) Felipe Lopez, 3B

2) Jon Jay, RF

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Colby Rasmus, CF

6) Yadier Molina, C

7) Aaron Miles, 2B

8) Jake Westbrook, P

9) Brendan Ryan, SS

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Wes Helms, 1B

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Players call team meeting

Being swept by the Phillies, and losing on a controversial call, raised the level of concern in the clubhouse to the point where the players had a team meeting.

Assembled by Wes Helms, a number of veterans spoke up about not letting the season get out of hand. Now, the end result wasn’t promising as the Cardinals, behind Adam Wainwright’s two-hit shutout, frustrated Florida, 7-0, on Friday night.

Still, the players got together to stress the urgency of finishing strong.

“This is where it’s going to draw the true character, individually and as a team,” Helms said. “You just don’t want to get caught in the rut where you say, ‘Hey, we’re out of it.’ Because we’re not out of it.

“Even if we were out of it, you still want to play baseball the way it was meant to be played. We’ve been kind of dead lately. Where we’re just out there playing. Not having good ABs and not being alert on defense. And not doing the little things that we need to do to win. As a team, this is where all 25 of us have to pick it up, start playing better with more intensity and having some fun.”

The Marlins have dropped five straight and are 53-56.

“We have fallen behind in the standings, and it’s going to be tough to make a playoff push, but we still can do it,” Helms said. “Right now, this is where it’s going to show the true color of our team. When we’re in a rut like this, falling nine or 10 games back, are we going to fall and quit or are we going to keep pushing?

“Or are we going to make strong push for the organization. We want to finish over .500 so we can build for next year, if we’re not going to make it this year. This is a crucial time for the team. It shows the character for the team. We’ve got to keep going.”

The Marlins played on Friday without Gaby Sanchez (tight right hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck). Both will be game-time decisions on Saturday.

“We’re flat. There is no way around it. We’re just flat,” Uggla said. “We’ve got to dig deep inside of us and find that competitiveness we had on the road trip. We had some tough games against the Phillies, but that’s no excuse. We have to bounce back from that. We’re capable of doing that. It’s just a matter of doing it.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Marlins lineup for Friday

Matching their season-high four-game losing streak, the Marlins look to rebound on Friday against the Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium. Ricky Nolasco gets the start against Adam Wainwright.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Chad Tracy, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton climbing rookie leaderboard

The rest of the class had a head start. Now, Mike Stanton is catching up.

On Wednesday night, Stanton connected on his 10th homer of the season, making him the seventh rookie this year to reach the double-digit mark. The 20-year-old belted No. 10 in his 47th big league game. By comparison, Justin Smoak of the Mariners has 10 homers and he’s played in 86 games.

Tyler Colvin of the Cubs paces all rookies with 17, and he has played 99 games.

At 20, Stanton already is one of the strongest players in the game. Counting his Minor League numbers this season, the rookie has 31 homers in pro ball this season.

At Double-A Jacksonville, he belted 21 homers in 53 games before being promoted to the big leagues on June 23. Stanton has been out of Double-A eight weeks, and he still leads the Southern League in homers. Carlos Peguero of West Tennessee is second with 19 in 101 games.

There is another big league rookie who also is showing a great deal of power. Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates has eight homers in 42 games.

As impressive as Stanton’s power has been, he won’t likely set the Marlins rookie home run record. In 2006, Dan Uggla belted 27.

Here’s the top home run leaders among rookies:

1. Tyler Colvin, Cubs, 17
2. Ike Davis, Mets, 15
3. Brennan Boesch, Tigers, 12
4. Gaby Sanchez, Marlins, 12
5. Jason Heyward, Braves, 11
6. Justin Smoak, Mariners, 10
7. Mike Stanton, Marlins, 10

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins strive to snap slide

The Marlins have dropped three straight heading into their series finale with the Phillies on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

Chris Volstad gets the start against Roy Oswalt.

 

 

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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Ross Gload, 1B

4) Raul Ibanez, LF

5) Jayson Werth, CF

6) Domonic Brown, RF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, 2B

9) Roy Oswalt, P

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins look to rebound

The Marlins have dropped two straight and look to even their three-game set with the Phillies on Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.

Anibal Sanchez, coming off a one-hit shutout over the Giants at AT&T Park last Thursday, takes the mound for Florida. Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for Philadelphia.

 

 

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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS

2) Placido Polanco, 2B

3) Raul Ibanez, LF

4) Jayson Werth, CF

5) Ross Gload, 1B

6) Domonic Brown, RF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, 2B

9) Kyle Kendrick, P

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Uggla keeps slugging away

Home runs, Dan Uggla likes to say, come in bunches.

They certainly have for the Marlins second baseman. Leading off the second inning on Tuesday, Uggla belted a solo shot off Roy Halladay.

Halladay, of course, threw a perfect game on May 29 at Sun Life Stadium, The Phillies right-hander retired the side in order in the first inning, meaning he had retired 30 straight in Miami before Uggla’s homer.

For Uggla, it was his eighth home run in the last 11 games. The hot streak began on July 23 against the Braves, and on July 27 at San Francisco, he enjoyed a two-homer day.

Last Saturday at San Diego,Uggla’s homer was the 144th of his career, making him the Marlins all-time home run leader. Mike Lowell previously held the mark with 143.

Uggla now has 145 homers in his career, and 24 on the season. He is on pace to top 30 homers for the fourth straight season.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Luna makes first start

For the first since May 21, 2008, Hector Luna is in a big league game. The veteran will start at third base for the Marlins in their series opener with the Phillies on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.

After the Marlins traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers last Thursday, Luna had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. He was in uniform for the weekend series at San Diego, but he didn’t play.

Wes Helms will handle a majority of the starts at third base, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said Luna will make a start or two a week, either at third or first base.

Left-hander Sean West is making his first start of the season on Tuesday. The Marlins officially recalled West to face the Phillies. To make room for the lefty, right-hander Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment.

Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies.

Lineup for Tuesday: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Dan Uggla (2B), Cody Ross (CF), Mike Stanton (RF), Ronny Paulino (C), Hector Luna (3B), Sean West (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins eyeing sweep

The Marlins send Josh Johnson to the mound on Sunday with a chance for a sweep. The task won’t be easy as the Padres counter with Jon Garland at PETCO Park.

Johnson has a string of 19 straight quality starts. And his 19 total quality starts matches Seattle’s Felix Hernandez for the most in the Major Leagues this season.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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