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Marlins improving defensively

Protect the baseball was among the Marlins’ highest priorities heading into this season. A couple of trades made after the 2008 season were done to reshape the roster to add speed, athleticism and defense.

A year ago, the club was more power oriented. But first baseman Mike Jacobs was dealt to the Royals for reliever Leo Nunez, and left fielder Josh Willingham was sent to the Nationals as part of a deal that brought in third baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

“We’ve seen improvement, no doubt about it,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

Heading into Thursday, the Marlins were tied for 21st overall in the Major Leagues in field percentage at .982. They were joined by the Cubs, Reds, Mets and A’s.

Now, the current lineup has been slightly different than what the team drew up in Spring Training. Jorge Cantu was switched from third base last year to first base. Bonifacio, a natural second baseman, was shifted to third. Infielder Chris Coghlan was switched to left field.

The Marlins had thought the outfield would have Jeremy Hermida in left field, Cameron Maybin in center and Cody Ross in right. But Maybin struggled early and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in May.

Ross went to center, Hermida to right, and Coghlan in left.

“The defense itself has been good,” Beinfest said.

A case in point of how the defense stepped up came in Wednesday’s 5-0 win over the Padres. Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, striking out 10. The defense came up big on a couple of occasions and the offense scratched out some runs.

“Again, this is not rocket science,” Beinfest said. “You get a quality start, you play good defense, you’re in the game, and you end up winning, even if the offense wasn’t going crazy. It worked out.

“We’ve seen that steady improvement. I think in May, there was that little bit of everything. The pitching was struggling. The defense. I think since then, it’s steadily improved. There is still room for improvement.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Padres lineups

The Marlins lineup has a little wrinkle in it on Monday night at San Diego. For the first time this year, Dan Uggla is slotted in the seventh spot. Uggla has mostly hit fifth or sixth.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Ross, CF

7) Uggla, 2B

8) Baker, C

9) VandenHurk, P

Padres lineup:

1) Everth Cabrera, SS

2) Tony Gwynn, CF

3) Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4) Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B

5) Chase Headley, LF

6) Will Venable, RF

7) Luis Rodriguez, 2B

8) Jose Lobaton, C

9) Tim Stauffer, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Saturday lineup

Marlins center fielder Cody Ross was bothered by flu-like symptoms on Friday, and he still played all 12 innings in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies.

On Saturday, Ross was given a breather. Brett Carroll made his first start of the season in center field.

The Marlins lineup on Saturday:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Baker, C

8) Carroll, CF

9) Johnson, P

Phillies lineup:

1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Ibanez, LF

6) Dobbs, RF

7) Feliz, 3B

8) Bako, C

9) Blanton, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Friday lineup

A night after being limited to one hit in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Phillies, the Marlins on Friday shuffled up their lineup.

Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida were out of the lineup against lefty Cole Hamels. Andy Gonzalez made his first start as a Marlin, getting the nod at third base and batting eighth. Emilio Bonifacio started at second base. On May 2 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Bonifacio also started at second, his natural position.

Hermida is 4-for-19 (.211) with two home runs off Hamels, while Uggla is 3-for-23 (.130). Wes Helms was going to get the start at third base, but the veteran was slowed by flu-like symptoms. He could be available to pinch-hit.

Friday’s lineup:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 2B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Ross, CF

6) Paulino, C

7) Carroll, RF

8) Gonzalez, 3B

9) Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Hanley still not ready

The Marlins set their lineup for Thursday, and All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez isn’t in it.

Needing at least one more day of rest for his right hip flexor, Ramirez missed his fifth straight start. Emilio Bonifacio once again was starting at shortstop in the series opener at Arizona.

Ramirez was expected to test his hip more on Thursday in pregame workouts, and the team is hopeful he can start on Friday.

Marlins on Thursday:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, SS

3) Uggla, 2B

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Ross, CF

6) Hermida, RF

7) Baker, C

8) Helms, 3B

9) Miller, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Pirates Saturday lineups

With the Pirates throwing lefty Zach Duke on Saturday, the Marlins are going with a slightly different lineup.

Marlins

1) Boni, 3B

2) Hermida, LF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Paulino, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Miller, P

 

Pirates lineup:

1) McCutchen, CF

2) Wilson, SS

3) Young, RF

4) Adam LaRoche, 1B

5) Jones, LF

6) Andy LaRoche, 3B

7) Diaz, C

8) Vazquez, 2B

9) Duke, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins' Wednesday lineup

In the series finale with Washington on Wednesday, the Marlins lineup has a few changes. Ross Gload is gettting the start at first base, batting cleanup, as Jorge Cantu gets a day off.

With an off day on Thursday, Cantu now gets a chance to have two straight days off. He is available to pinch-hit.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Bonifacio, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Gload, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Hermida, RF

7), Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Tuesdays lineups vs. Nationals

Jeremy Hermida was back in the starting lineup with Washington going with right-hander Craig Stammen.

Here’s the lineups for Florida and Washington at Land Shark Stadium:

Marlins:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Bonifacio, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) West, P

Nationals

1) Guzman, SS

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Zimmerman, 3B

4) Dunn, LF

5) Willingham, RF

6) Dukes, CF

7) Gonzalez, 2B

8) Nieves, C

9) Stammen, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins seeking bullpen help

With Matt Lindstrom on the disabled list, and Leo Nunez dealing with a right ankle sprain, it’s no secret that the Marlins are exploring bullpen help.

Kiko Calero also is on the disabled with with right shoulder inflammation, but he is expected back around July 3.

Already, a couple of names have been floated out there in speculation. Right-hander Luis Ayala was designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday after he appeared in 28 games.

According to an American League scout who saw Ayala pitch recently: “He’s done. He’s got nothing left.”

The scout added that he wouldn’t recommend Ayala to his organization. That doesn’t mean the Marlins share the same point of view. The scout noted that Ayala is a Calero-type pitcher, meaning he throws a fastball and slider and has a similar style. Calero has been effective for Florida.

In his last outing, on June 20, Ayala’s fastball was between 89-91 mph.

LaTroy Hawkins of the Astros is another right-hander who may be available through a trade.

The trouble the Marlins are facing is every contending team is in the same boat — they all want relief help. For the candidates who might be available, the price is expected to be high.

The Marlins alternatives are to stay with what they have, patch the pen together until Lindstrom returns in four to six weeks, or try to catch lightning in the bottle with a journeyman such as Ayala. Typically, the Marlins won’t take on money if the player they are bringing in is not a real upgrade over what they already have.

If they are more creative, the Marlins may end up dealing away a regular and look to make a bigger impact. In 2004, Florida put together a deal that included Brad Penny and they acquired from the Dodgers Paul Lo Duca, Juan Encarnacion and Guillermo Mota.

The Marlins could offer either outfielder Jeremy Hermida or Cody Ross — both arbitration-eligible — in hopes of luring in a veteran reliever. With Cameron Maybin playing better at Triple-A New Orleans, he could fill center field if the Marlins opt to deal a regular.

In the meantime, the team will explore all possibilities.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Wednesday lineup

The Marlins lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles looked pretty similar to Tuesday. No significant changes:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

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