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Amezaga tweaks knee

Alfredo Amezaga felt a little pinch in his left knee while scoring an insurance run in the eighth inning on Saturday night, and for precautionary reasons, he was removed in the top of the ninth.

The discomfort is to the same knee Amezaga sprained while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in March. However, Amezaga said the pinch this time was to the inner part of the knee, which is a different area than his injury in Spring Training.

“He just tweaked it coming around third, and we’re going to wait and see tomorrow,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Hopefully, it’s nothing serious or major. We’ll see. We didn’t want to take a chance.”

Amezaga had the knee packed in ice after the Marlins held on for a 6-3 win over the Dodgers. But he regularly ices the same knee since he aggravated it at the Classic.

Amezaga said he doesn’t think the discomfort is serious, and he is hopeful to be available on Sunday.

In the eighth inning, Amezaga reached on a fielder’s choice, RBI ground ball. He stole second, and scored on Emilio Bonifacio’s single.

While rounding third, he felt the pinch in his knee.

The field was wet because it started to rain heavily late in the game, and then the rain stopped.

“I don’t remember what leg it was that I stepped on third, but when I was coming around third, that’s when I felt it,” Amezaga said. “That’s when I kind of slipped and felt it.”

Bonifacio replaced Amezaga in center field, and Wes Helms took over at third base in the ninth inning.

— Joe Frisaro

Pompom malfunction

Call it a glitter glitch, if you want.

To the Marlins, the pompom problem on Saturday night was distracting and disturbing.

There was plenty of glitter on the grass at Land Shark Stadium on Saturday, courtesy of a pompom give-away at the gate.

Silver Marlins pompoms were handed out, and on a windy night, they began to unravel, with the streamers finding their way on the field. By the sixth inning, the field was sparkling.

“It’s not funny, it’s not fun, it’s just brutal,” second baseman Dan Uggla said of the field sparkling up.

During stoppages in play, stadium personnel raced onto the field to clean up the mess.

At one point in the sixth inning, silver was swirling around to the point, Dodgers batter Casey Blake called time at the plate.

“Absolutely brutal,” catcher John Baker said. “The thing that was extremely frustrating is, you’d look up and you’d see people shaking them, trying to throw them on the field, like it’s a joke.

“It’s frustrating when you’ve got stuff flying all over the field. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing any more streamers at Land Shark Stadium.”

In the middle of the sixth inning, umpire crew chief Joe West talked with a Marlins official about the field. Left field was especially littered.

“Just seeing stuff all over the baseball field,” Baker said, “baseball, obviously, is America’s pastime. There is a lot of history in the game, and to see stuff like that all over the baseball field, is frustrating for any player, and in my opinion, and any fan.”

In the top of the seventh inning, there was an announcement that fans could be ejected for throwing objects on the field.

Chris Coghlan was in left field, and he said it didn’t impact his play.

“It was nothing where I didn’t feel like I couldn’t catch a ball,” Coghlan said. “At first, I didn’t know what it was. I guess it was a promotion. It just seemed like that stuff wasn’t supposed to be there.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out that the flickering of glitter was distracting.

“It really is because you have all this shiny stuff going through people’s visions,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not a good thing. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, or the winds blowing it from the stands, or if it was a combination of both. 

“It’s hard enough to hit a 92-93 mph fastball, without having all this glitter and shiny stuff going on behind you.” 

— Joe Frisaro

Sunday ticket giveaway

Marlins tickets will be up for grabs beginning at noon Friday May 15 for Sunday’s game with the Dodgers.

The team is having a ticket distribution near the future home of the Marlins, which will be on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami. The Marlins new park will open in 2012.

But on Friday in Little Havana, the team will distribute 300 tickets at the Little Havana Activities Center (700 SW 8th Street).

On hand will be representatives from the Marlins, along with city of Miami Commissioner Joe Sanchez, the Marlins Mermaids and Billy The Marlin.

The purpose of the event is to distribute 300 game day tickets to the Marlins game with the Dodgers on Sunday, May 17, at LandShark Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium).

— Joe Frisaro


Miller has solid rehab outing

Andrew Miller, in his second rehab assignment outing, worked six innings on Monday night for Double-A Jacksonville.

The left-hander, who is on the DL with a right oblique strain, gave up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings pitched against Mississippi.

Miller exited after 83 pitches, with 48 for strikes.

Miller has been lined up to come off the DL and join the Marlins rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers at LandShark Stadium in Miami.

— Joe Frisaro