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Phillies-Marlins lineups Wednesday

The Marlins look to salvage a four-game split on Wednesday night with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Andrew Miller gets the nod, while Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies. Hanley Ramirez got the night off.

Ramirez was plunked in the back by a pitch on Monday, and he is a little sore. Nothing serious.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Jimmy Rollins, SS

7) Raul Ibanez, LF

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Cole Hamels, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Marlins-Phillies lineup Tuesday

After the teams split two games on Monday at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins and Phillies were back in action on Tuesday night.

Chris Volstad gets the nod against Joe Blanton.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, 3B

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jimmy Rollins, SS

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Jayson Werth, RF

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Joe Blanton, 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

 

Hanley-Jeter breakdown

They are All-Star shortstops who each wear No. 2.

Derek Jeter, the captain of the defending World Series champion Yankees, is regarded as the standard at his position. Based on his overall numbers and five rings, it is easy to see why.

Still, when discussing the best shortstops in the game, don’t discount Florida’s Hanley Ramirez. The 26-year-old is the defending N.L. batting champion, coming off a .342 season. He’s won two straight Silver Slugger Awards. Manager Fredi Gonzalez quipped to Ramirez, “I was telling him, hey, ‘We’ve got enough silver, we’ve got to get gold this year.” Ramirez hopes to reach Gold Glove status in the field. He committed 10 errors in 2009 after racking up 22 in ’08.

Across the board, Ramirez stands above the rest at his position. He has speed, power, hits for average and he is one of the best baserunners in the game.

If scoring runs and stealing bases are qualifications for being a great base runner, then Hanley (nicknamed H2R) stands alone.

According to Elias, since 2006, Hanley’s rookie season, the Marlins shortstop is the only player in baseball to rank in the top five in runs scored and stolen bases.

Here are the stolen base leaders over that span:

* Jose Reyes, 209
* Carl Crawford, 193
* Juan Pierre, 192
* Chone Figgins, 169
* Hanley Ramirez, 164

The top run scorers since 2006:

* Hanley Ramirez, 470
* Chase Utley, 460
* Albert Pujols, 442
* Jimmy Rollins, 442
* Matt Holliday, 440

“I don’t think there is anything he can’t do on a baseball field,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez says of his two-time All-Star shortstop. “He’s got good instincts on the bases. The speed is still there. He goes from first-to-home. That’s when I like to see him run, when he goes first-to-third, or first-to-home on a double. That’s when you see his athleticism.”

The days of Ramirez stealing 50 bases may be over, because he is batting third now.

“You don’t want to beat up that body too much,” Gonzalez said. “But I think he’s a guy who can still run you 30. It’s when you steal them. I’ve seen guys with 50, stealing third with two outs, swiping a base that is really meaningless.”

Since his rookie season, Hanley’s numbers certainly hold up when next to Jeter.

From 2006-09, Ramirez has compiled: 470 runs, 771 hits, 170 doubles, 22 triples, 103 HRs, 313 RBIs, 164 stolen bases, .316 BA, .387 OBP, .531 slug, .918 OPS.

Jeter from 2006-09 posted: 415 runs, 811 hits, 130 doubles, 11 triples, 55 HRs, 305 RBIs, 90 stolen bases, .325 BA, .394 OBP, .453 Slug, .847 OPS.

In his first four big league seasons, from 1996-99, Jeter turned in these figures: 481 runs, 795 hits, 118 doubles, 30 triples, 63 HRs, 334 RBIs, 86 stolen bases, .319 BA, .391 OBP, .467 slg, .858 OPS.

Jeter’s obvious edge … five rings.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins among comeback kids

Throughout the playoffs, we’ve seen late-inning heroics and thrilling comeback victories.

On Monday, both games were decided by comebacks. Jimmy Rollins provided some two-out, walk-off drama in the ninth inning to rally the Phillies past the Dodgers in Game 4. Rollins lined a two-run double off Jonathan Broxton to lift his team to a 5-4 win.

Earlier in the day, the Angels overcame a three-run deficit and beat the Yankees, also 5-4, in 11 innings when Jeff Mathis came through with a walk-off double.

The Yankees certainly have had their share of clutch hits in the playoffs. In the A.L. Division Series, Alex Rodriguez had a ninth inning homer off Joe Nathan to help rally his team. And A-Rod also went deep in the ninth inning off Brian Fuentes of the Angels to pull the Yankees even in the A.L. Championship Series.

Resiliency, obviously, is a characteristic of a championship-caliber team. That’s why it isn’t shocking that the four teams in their respective League Championshp Series also are the teams that paced the Major Leagues in comeback wins during the regular season.

What many people probably don’t know is the Marlins were fifth in the big leagues in rallying to wins.

The Marlins didn’t wind up in the playoffs, but they did win 87 games. In 41 of those victories, they trailed at some point.

The top five comeback teams in 2009 were:

* Yankees, 51
* Angels, 47
* Phillies, 43
* Dodgers, 42
* Marlins, 41

The Marlins 41 comeback victories is two behind their franchise record.

Florida’s top comeback seasons are:

* 43 in 2008
* 43 in 1997
* 42 in 2007
* 41 in 2009
* 41 in 2000.

The 1997 Marlins, of course, won the World Series, and the 2008 squad finished with 84 wins.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley back in lineup

After getting a day off on Friday, Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Ramirez is closing in on the first batting title ever by a Marlin.

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Helms, 3B

7) Paulino, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Sanchez, P

Phillies

1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Ibanez, LF

6) Werth, RF

7) Feliz, 3B

8) Ruiz, C

9) Hamels, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Phillies Game 1 lineup

The Marlins and Phillies are playing a twinbill at Land Shark Stadium on Tuesday. The Game 1 lineups:

Phillies

1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Werth, RF

6) Ibanez, LF

7) Cairo, 3B

8) Bako, C

9) Blanton, P

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) Johnson, P

In Game 2, Ronny Paulino is expected to start at catcher with Wes Helms starting at third base, and Jorge Cantu at first base. Nick Johnson and John Baker are not expected to start in the second game. Cameron Maybin should be in center with Brett Carroll coming off the bench.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hermida's game-changing catch

Lost in all the late-inning commotion of the Marlins’ 12-3 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon was a game-changing catch by Jeremy Hermida in the first inning.

The play was one of the biggest of the game.

Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson labored in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Shane Victorino walked.

Chase Utley worked a nine-pitch at-bat off Johnson, and he was retired on a long fly ball that Cody Ross ran down in deep center field. Rollins tagged and moved to third.

With runners on the corners, Ryan Howard laced a long drive to right. Initially, it looked as if it would smack off the wall for extra bases. But Hermida raced back, jumped, and made a leaping catch. The ball snowconed in the top of his glove, but replays indicated that it was a catch.

Victorino, thinking the ball was trapped off the wall, rounded second. Rollins tagged and scored, but Hermida’s throw to Jorge Cantu at first base doubled-up Victorino, ending the inning. Victorino argued that the ball wasn’t caught, but the inning ended with the Phillies scoring one run, instead of at least three.

“I caught it, right against the wall,” Hermida said. “It was the top of my glove. I felt I caught it. It was kind of tough to see, but it never did hit the wall.”

Victorino’s frustrations boiled over in the seventh inning when he was ejected by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano for disputing balls and strikes. The twist to Victorino’s ejection was the fact he was standing in center field while Wes Helms was at the plate.

Hermida’s defensive gem was one of three double plays that helped Johnson improve his record to 11-2.

“That was one of those first innings again where you are trying to find outs any way you can,” Johnson said. “[Hermida] made a great catch. It was a great play. It did get me settled down to get into a groove.”

– 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

 

Hanley aggravates right groin

Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday’s game in the bottom of the third inning with a tight right groin, and his status is day-to-day.

After the game, Ramirez said he didn’t know if he would be ready for Wednesday’s series finale with the Phillies. Florida lost 5-3 on Tuesday.

The Marlins All-Star shortstop experienced some discomfort after extending to beat out an infield single in the top of the third inning against the Phillies. Ramirez raced out a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins. On his last step he reached his leg out, causing some aggravation.

He said he felt he hit the bag too hard, and the tightness increased while he was in the field.

The Marlins are off on Thursday, so if Ramirez sat out Wednesday, he essentially could have two days of rest.

On a 52-degree night at Citizens Bank Park, Ramirez was unable to continue.

Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio replaced Ramirez at shortstop and Wes Helms entered to play third base.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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