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Marlins look to end slide

After losing a tough, 2-1, decision in 11 innings on Monday, the Marlins look to bounce back on Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field.

Florida has dropped four of five on the road trip, and they are 77-79 with six games to go.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Brian McCann, C

4) Derrek Lee, 1B

5) Melky Cabrera, LF

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Brooks Conrad, 3B

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Bonifacio back in lineup

Overall, the Marlins are 39-39 on the road this year after they dropped three of four at Milwaukee.

On Monday, they begin their final away series of the season, as they take on the Braves at Turner Field.

Alex Sanabia gets the starting nod, while the Braves are going with Tommy Hanson.

Monday marks the return of Emilio Bonifacio to the starting lineup. Bonifacio has been bothered by a tight left hamstring. He is starting at shortstop as Hanley Ramirez isn’t ready to return.

 

 

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1) Scott Cousins, CF

2) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

 

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Derrek Lee, 1B

6) Nate McLouth, LF

7) Alex Gonzalez, SS

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Tommy Hanson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

  

Marlins-Braves lineup Saturday

Ricky Nolasco returns to the mound on Saturday after being scratched from one start due a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Nolasco has won nine of his last 11 starts, and he takes the mound for the Marlins at Turner Field. Atlanta is going with Tim Hudson.

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Derrek Lee, 1B

6) Matt Diaz, LF

7) Alex Gonzalez, SS

8) Melky Cabrera, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Marlins open crucial series

After taking two of three from the Mets in New York, the Marlins are two games above .500 as they open a three game series at Atlanta.

The Marlins are 8 1/2 in back of the Braves in the NL East, and they’re six games out in the Wild Card chase.

“The way I see it, and pretty much the way the whole team sees it, every game is important to us, regardless of it we play the Braves or any other team,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “We had a very good series in New York. I think we have the momentum going our way. This is the time, we’re playing the teams that are ahead of us.

“If we have a very good series here, we’re going to start putting some pressure on the teams above us.”

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Chad Tracy, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF
8) Brad Davis, C
9) Chris Volstad, P

BRAVES

1) Omar Infante, 2B
2) Jason Heyward, RF
3) Martin Prado, 3B
4) Brian McCann, C
5) Derrek Lee, 1B
6) Eric Hinske, LF
7) Alex Gonzalez, SS
8) Rick Ankiel, CF
9) Tommy Hanson, P

– Joe Frisaro

More about Mike Stanton

Get used to hearing more about Mike Stanton.

At the rate the Marlins rookie right fielder is going, expect to see more news about him reaching levels rarely seen before.

The 6-foot-5 1/2, 240-pounder on Friday had his first multi-home run game when he went deep twice at Cincinnati.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stanton is the first Major League player under the age of 21 to homer twice in a game since Miguel Cabrera on April 13, 2004 at Montreal.

Elias also provided this bit of information. At 20 years, 278 days (as of Friday), Stanton is the youngest player to have a two homer game since Jose Reyes (20 years, 78 days) on Aug. 28, 2003 at Atlanta.

Remarkably, Stanton is climbing fast among the MLB rookie home run leaders. It’s only surprising because his competition has played in far more games. But now with 14, he has passed Gaby Sanchez and Jason Heyward, who both have 12.

Tyler Colvin of the Cubs paces all rookies with 18. It may be a matter of time before Stanton assums the top spot.

Rookie home run leaders:

Tyler Colvin: 18 (105 G)
Ike Davis: 15 (100 G)
Brennan Boesch: 14 (93 G)
Mike Stanton: 14 (54 G)
Jason Heyward: 12 (96 G)
Gaby Sanchez: 12 (107 G)

– 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

 

Where to bat Stanton?

Creating an easy transition for Mike Stanton is a primary objective of the Marlins as an organization and Fredi Gonzalez as manager.

For weeks, Gonzalez has said Stanton likely would start off batting seventh, or perhaps second.

stanton4a44.jpgThe recent offensive struggles may have prompted a change of thinking. Hanley Ramirez batted leadoff on Sunday in a 7-6 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

Ramirez was hitless in two at-bats with three walks, including one intentionally. One of his outs was a crushed liner to deep right field that Jeff Francoeur made a terrific running catch.

Gonzalez noted that Ramirez leading off wasn’t a definite guarantee. But will the All-Star bat first on Tuesday night at Philadelphia? That may have now changed with Stanton officially called up.

Stanton batted third at Double-A Jacksonville. His numbers spoke loudly, 21 homers, 52 RBIs and a .311 average in 52 games.

Don’t be surprised is Stanton is batting sixth or second on Tuesday.

It was seem unlikely to put the 20-year-old in a prime power spot like No. 3 in his first big league game, especially since Dan Uggla belted his 13th homer while hitting third on Sunday.

If Stanton hits sixth in his big league debut, Ramirez would go back to batting third. A possible lineup that way, at least against right-handed starting pitching, would be Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez, Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Uggla, Stanton, Cody Ross, Ronny Paulino and Chris Volstad, Tuesday’s starter.

Ross already has produced batting seventh, while Uggla has been having a solid season batting mostly fifth.

Perhaps a better option is hitting Stanton second right away is Sanchez has already shown he has the discipline to bat eighth. Paulino is more of an aggressive hitter, and may not be best suited to hit in front of the pitcher.

One thing to consider about Ramirez batting second is if a base is open, like it was Sunday at New York, teams will likely intentionally walk him to get to Coghlan. The Mets did that with a runner on second and two outs. Then they brought in lefty Pedro Feliciano, who struck out the lefty hitting Coghlan. With Ramirez hitting third, he is protected by Cantu, a proven run producer, .

If Stanton were hitting second and Ramirez third, opposing teams couldn’t match their lefty reliever in those spots.

Earlier this season Gonzalez asked Bobby Cox why he put Jason Heyward, Atlanta’s 20-year-old sensation, second.

Cox said it was out of necessity because Yunel Escobar wasn’t hitting. Heyward has thrived batted second.

Perhaps that will be the best fit to start Stanton, and then see how the lineup comes together.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Braves Wednesday lineup

The lineup generated a win on Tuesday, so the Marlins are back with the same lineup on Wednesday night at Sun Life Stadium. The exception, of course, is the starting pitcher.

Nate Robertson looks to extend Florida’s winning streak to three games.

 

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1) Martin Prado, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Chipper Jones, 3B

4) Troy Glaus, 1B

5) Brian McCann, C

6) Yunel Escobar, SS

7) Melky Cabrera, LF

8) Nate McLouth, CF

9) Tommy Hanson, P 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Nate Robertson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Lineups vs. Braves on Wednesday

The Marlins will face the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Back in the lineup for the first time since March 7 is Cameron Maybin, who is slated to play center field. Maybin has been out with a strained left groing. Jorge Cantu, out since Saturday with flu-like symptoms, also is scheduled to play.

Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida.

 

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1) Nate McLouth, CF

2) Martin Prado, 2B

3) Chipper Jones, 3B

4) Troy Glaus, 1B

5) Brian McCann, C

6) Yunel Escobar, SS

7) Jason Heyward, RF

8) Matt Diaz, LF

9) Tommy Hanson, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Logan Morrison, 1B

6) Hector Luna, 2B

7) Bryan Petersen, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley back, Stanton stays back

Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup after resting a tight right groin. But prospect Mike Stanton was held back in Jupiter with a sore left elbow.

Stanton was initially scheduled to travel to Lake Buena Vista on Tuesday to face the Braves. Had he gone, two of the top three prospects in the game would have been together. Atlanta’s Jason Heyward is regarded as the No. 1 prospect, with Stanton ranked No. 3.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Stanton is a little sore after his four at-bat performance on Monday against the Twins. The slugger had a two-run homer, and struck out three times.

Ramirez, meanwhile, was in the starting lineup against the Braves.

In other injury news, Cameron Maybin is running the bases on Tuesday in Jupiter. If he doesn’t feel any discomfort, he could be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Maybin has been out since March 7 with a strained left groin.

Jorge Cantu, out since Sunday with flu-like symptoms, stayed in Jupiter on Tuesday. He is feeling better and may be in the lineup on Wednesday.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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