Results tagged ‘ Derek Lowe ’

Hanley exits feeling light-headed

Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game in the top of the third inning on Sunday after  feeling light headed on the field.

The Marlins All-Star shortstop singled to open the third inning off Atlanta’s Derek Lowe. After Dan Uggla reached on a check-swing infield single, when his head-first slide was ruled to be ahead of Eric Hinske’s foot reaching the base. Ramirez stopped at second base.

But as Lowe was getting ready to pitch to Gaby Sanchez, Ramirez motioned to the dugout. His right hand was over his chest as he walked towards manager Edwin Rodriguez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak. While being checked out, Ramirez doubled over a second before walking to the dugout.

It was 82 degrees at Turner Field.

Donnie Murphy replaced Ramirez at shortstop.

In the first inning, Ramirez belted a three-run homer off Lowe. It was his 18th of the season, giving him 67 RBIs.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Braves Sunday lineups

Josh Johnson takes the mound on Sunday as the Marlins look to take the series with the Braves at Turner Field.

The teams split the first two games in Atlanta. Derek Lowe will pitch for the Braves.

Cameron Maybin was given a day off to get Emilio Bonifacio some playing time.







1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Josh Johnson, P







1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Eric Hinske, 1B

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Melky Cabrera, LF

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Derek Lowe, P

— Joe Frisaro



Nolasco has that winning edge

Ricky Nolasco once again is getting better as the season progresses.

The Marlins right-hander improved to 14-8 with a win over the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

nolasco1.JPGOver his last 11 starts, he is 9-2 with a 3.45 ERA. And since June 23, when his hot streak started, his nine wins are the most in the National League, ahead of Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson, who each have seven.

Winning is a trait Nolasco has shown throughout his professional career. Groomed in the Cubs’ system, Nolasco has a career Minor League record of 37-18.

The 27-year-old is steadily moving up the Marlins ladder for victories. With 54 wins, the right-hander ranks second only to Dontrelle Willis’ 68.

Since breaking in with the Marlins in 2006, Nolasco has the 11th most wins among National League pitchers. Derek Lowe has an NL most of 68 in that span.

Nolasco has a career 54-38 record, which compares favorably to the pitcher just ahead of him. Cole Hamels is 55-43 since 2006 and he has the 10th most wins since 2006. Consider, Matt Cain has a 51-59 record in those seasons, and Cain is tied for the 13th most victories.

In his second season of arbitration, Nolasco would be eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

He might not reach that point because the Marlins have expressed interest in signing Nolasco to a multi-year contract. Currently, the lines of communication are open between the club and the pitcher, but they are very preliminary.

Retaining Nolasco has been a priority for a while. In fact, after the Marlins signed Josh Johnson to a four-year deal in January, the team expressed to Nolasco that they were open to a long-term contract.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins Sunday lineup

For the first time since Wednesday night at Houston, Jorge Cantu is in the Marlins starting lineup.

Cantu had missed three starts with a stiff neck, but he was back on Sunday in the series finale with the Braves at Turner Field. Cantu is riding an 11-game hitting streak, and he’s 7-for-8 lifetime against Derek Lowe.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Hermida, RF

8) Paulino, C

9) Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro