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Marlins lineup for Friday

It’s being tabbed as “Opening Night” and more than 40,000 is expected at Sun Life Stadium.

The Marlins open their three-game set with the Dodgers with Chris Volstad taking the mound against Hiroki Kuroda.

 

 

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1) Rafael Furcal, SS

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3) James Loney, 1B

4) Manny Ramirez, LF

5) Matt Kemp, CF

6) Casey Blake, 3B

7) Blake DeWitt, 2B

8) Russell Martin, C

9) Hiroki Kuroda, P

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

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3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Chris Volstad, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins are sending Ricky Nolasco to the mound on Wednesday in hopes of evening their three-game series with the Mets.

Florida lost 7-1 Monday on Opening Day at Citi Field.

 

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

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3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Alex Cora, SS

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3) David Wright, 3B

4) Mike Jacobs, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Gary Matthews Jr., CF

7) Jeff Francoeur, RF

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) John Maine, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marlins roster set

With no more exhibition games to play, the Marlins on Saturday made their final moves to set their active and 40-man rosters.

Following an 8-7 loss to their low Class A Greensboro affiliate, the Marlins announced several transactions.

Outfielder Brett Carroll was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Carroll is on the DL, retroactive to March 26. Reliever Brian Sanches, who suffered a hamstring injury on Friday night, also will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

The Marlins also selected the contracts of infielders Brian Barden and Mike Lamb. Reliever Jose Veras also had his contract selected.

These moves set the 25-man roster.

The 40-man roster also has been set, as right-hander Cristhian Martinez and outfielder Jai Miller were designated for assignment. The roster now is at 40.

The Marlins now head to New York to get ready for Opening Day on Monday against the Mets at Citi Field.

The team will work out at Citi Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For now, outfielder Cody Ross is on the active roster. Ross, recovering from a mild right calf strain, is hopeful to be in the Opening Day lineup. As a precaution, outfielder Scott Cousins will also head to New York, just in case a last minute decision is made to place Ross on the disabled list.

The Marlins roster includes 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Ronny Paulino, John Baker, Gaby Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Ross, Wes Helms, Emilio Bonifacio, Barden and Lamb.

The pitchers are: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Nate Robertson, Leo Nunez, Veras, Wood, Burke Badenhop, Clay Hensley, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

Designating Miller wasn’t completely unexpected. The Marlins Triple-A outfield will feature Bryan Petersen, Cousins and Jason Lane. And the organization has outfield depth at the Double-A level, with top prospect Mike Stanton in right field.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Speculating on final roster

For weeks, Marlins coaches and officials have been evaluating. Now, the time is getting close to make the tough final decisions and set the 25-man roster.

Opening Day is a week away (April 5 at the Mets), and there are still some unanswered questions.

On Monday, the Marlins did settle who will be the starting first baseman. As expected, Gaby Sanchez was given the nod when Logan Morrison was reassigned to Minor League camp. Morrison will start off at Triple-A New Orleans. Don’t discount the 22-year-old making an impact at some point during the season. A year ago, Chris Coghlan was in Triple-A until May, and he went on to become the N.L. Rookie of the Year.

The rotation also has come together, with Clay Hensley securing the fifth spot.

Still to be resolved are at least one bench player, as well as a bullpen spot.

Over the past few days, Marlins personnel evaluators have been in Jupiter, consulting and meeting. Final moves can happen any day now.

While nothing has been officially announced, for recreational purposes, here is a look at how the 25-man roster may shake down. There are a few factors that will come into play, like how players fit into the 40-man roster. Currently, nine non-roster invitees are still in camp.

Again, this is for conversational purposes only, and not an officially announced 25-man squad.

Catchers: John Baker, Ronny Paulino

Infielders: Gaby Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Wes Helms, Brian Barden, Mike Lamb

Outfielders: Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Emilio Bonifacio

Starting pitchers: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Clay Hensley

Bullpen: Leo Nunez (closer), Brian Sanchez, Jose Veras, Burke Badenhop, Tim Wood, Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer

On this projected roster, there are four non-roster invitees who will have to be added to the 40-man roster — Hensley, Lamb, Barden and Veras. Currently, there are 37 on the 40-man. So that means, if they all make it, one current 40-man player would be removed.

The Marlins did clear a 40-man spot when pitcher Hayden Penn was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Monday.

Barden, Donnie Murphy and Hector Luna are are vying for a utility position. All three are non-roster invitees. Murphy has impressed several other teams who have been watching him in camp. But Barden may secure the job. Working in Barden’s favor is his ability to play shortstop defensively at a high level. Of all the players in camp, Barden appears to be the best insurance policy to Ramirez. Barden also can play left field.

Bonifacio, of course, is a natural middle infielder. For now, it looks like he will be used in a super utility role previously held by Alfredo Amezaga.

The Marlins appear to be leaning toward not carrying a primary backup outfielder. Bryan Petersen, a highly regarded prospect, has impressed. But he likely will be in Triple-A.

The Marlins don’t have the need for a regular outfield backup because the starters — Coghlan, Maybin and Ross — won’t be replaced for defensive purposes. Now, if there is an injury situation, the team would likely make a move to call up an outfielder. Brett Carroll, who will open the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, is an option once he is healthy. Jai Miller, Scott Cousins and Petersen (if he doesn’t make the team) are other choices.

Barden also gives some flexibility if the Marlins slide Cantu over to first base in the late innings. The Marlins could go with Barden or Helms at third, or use them as pinch-hitters. Lamb is expected to be the lefty bat off the bench.

Gaby Sanchez adds value in the fact he could be the emergency third catcher. This is important because it means either Baker or Paulino — the catcher who doesn’t start — could be used as a pinch-hitter.

The bullpen battles have been tightly contested all spring. Seth McClung, a non-roster invitee, has more big league experience than Wood. McClung alsohas a clause that allows him to opt out of his contract on April 1. Not being on the 40-man roster may work against McClung and for Wood.

If Wood makes the team, he would be a middle relief candidate. The hard-throwing right-hander has been impressive in camp, and his slider has improved.

Badenhop is a long relief, and spot starter candidate. He’s had a solid spring. Veras has been throwing 95 mph all spring, and he has big league experience in a setup role.

Much can still change in the next few days. But the picture of how the team may look is becoming a bit more clear.

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins-Mets lineups for Monday

On a wet afternoon, the Marlins and Mets are taking the field at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

Anibal Sanchez and Jon Niese are the starting pitchers.

 

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1) Bryan Petersen, RF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Hector Luna, 3B

8) Brian Barden, LF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

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1) Angel Pagan, LF

2) Alex Cora, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Daniel Murphy, 1B

5) Jeff Francoeur, RF

6) Gary Matthews Jr., CF

7) Henry Blanco, C

8) Ruben Tejada, SS

9) Jon Niese, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Cardinals lineups for Saturday

The Marlins are the visiting team on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Clay Hensley will look to improve his chances of winning the fifth starter spot. Brad Penny is pitching for St. Louis. 

 

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Clay Hensley, P

 

 

 

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1) Skip Schumaker, 2B

2) Brendan Ryan, SS

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Felipe Lopez, RF

6) David Freese, 3B

7) Joe Mather, CF

8) Jason LaRue, C

9) Brad Penny, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Red Sox lineups

The Marlins and Red Sox face off at 1:05 p.m. at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad will look to secure a rotation spot. The Red Sox are going with knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Dan Uggla, 2B

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) John Baker, C

6) Mike Lamb, DH

7) Wes Helms, 1B

8) Bryan Petersen, RF

9) Brian Barden, SS

 

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1) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2) Marco Scutaro, SS

3) Victor Martinez, C

4) Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5) David Ortiz, DH

6) J.D. Drew, RF

7) Adrian Beltre, 3B

8) Jeremy Hermida, LF

9) Bill Hall, 2B

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Lineups vs. Twins

The Marlins face the Twins at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers on Wednesday.

Anibal Sanchez is making the start for Florida, while Kevin Slowey is taking the mound for Minnesota.

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) John Baker, DH

6) Dan Uggla, 2B

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Logan Morrison, 1B

 

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1) Jacque Jones, RF

2) Alexi Casilla, SS

3) Jason Kubel, LF

4) Justin Morneau, 1B

5) Michael Cuddyer, CF

6) Jim Thome, DH

7) Brendan Harris, 3B

8) Wilson Ramos, C

9) Matt Tolbert, 2B

– Joe Frisaro

 

Weighing early rotation

A scheduled off day on April 6 gives the Marlins some rotation flexibility entering the season. As of now, the team is weighing how to set up its pitchers.

joshjohnson-532x778.jpgAn option the team has is to come back with Josh Johnson on Saturday, April 10 against the Dodgers, or to use whoever is the fifth starter on that day.

Johnson will pitch in the April 5 opener against the Mets. Because of the off day, Johnson could pitch the first and fifth games.

“We haven’t decided what to do yet,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Marlins have yet to set their five-man rotation. The only other pitcher officially announced is Ricky Nolasco, who will pitch in the second game on April 7.

Most likely, Anibal Sanchez will be the No. 3 starter, throwing on April 8 at New York.

The Marlins will have their Opening Night at Sun Life Stadium on April 9, with the Dodgers in town for a 7:10 p.m. ET start.

If Johnson stays on his regular five-day schedule, he would pitch the first Super Saturday concert series home game. If the Marlins opt to use their fifth starter on April 10, then Johnson would throw on Sunday, April 11.

Because the Marlins platoon their catchers, Ronny Paulino is expected to catch on Opening Day. The Mets will be throwing lefty Johan Santana.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Lineups for Saturday in Viera

The Marlins take on the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium.

Chris Volstad, looking to win a rotation spot, gets the start for Florida. John Baker is in the lineup, catching for the first time in a Grapefruit League game. Baker has been out with a strained right forearm muscle.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF 

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3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) John Baker, C

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7) Brett Carroll, RF

8) Donnie Murphy, 2B

9) Chris Volstad, P

 

 

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1) Roger Bernadina, CF 

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3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Mike Morse, RF

7) Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

8) Wil Nieves, C

9) Garrett Mock, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

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