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Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Plans to start Chris Coghlan in center field in back-to-back Grapefruit League have been scrapped.

Due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder, Coghlan will be playing in Minor League games for at least a while. Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Initially, manager Edwin Rodriguez was set to go with another lineup, which included a number of backups. But Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez all approached the manager and said they wanted to play, and an adjustment was made.

“The regular players all came in and said they wanted to play,” Rodriguez said. “That was good to see.”

Josh Johnson will be making the start for the Marlins. Jake Westbrook is throwing for the Cardinals.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, DH
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Scott Cousins, RF

CARDINALS

1) Matt Carpenter, DH
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Lance Berkman, RF
6) David Freese, 3B
7) Dan Descalso, 2B
8) Gerald Laird, C
9) Tyler Greene, SS

Joe Frisaro

Starting pitching stepping up

It’s hard to draw too much from early exhibition game starts. But so far, so good when it comes to Florida’s starting pitchers.

Anibal Sanchez was effective in his two-inning stint on Monday in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sanchez gave up a solo homer to Lance Berkman, but the way he was throwing the ball was encouraging. His fastball was regularly at 92 mph, and he topped out at 93 mph at a time pitchers are building up arm strength.

“Anibal Sanchez threw some very good pitches,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “I think he hung two breaking balls. But other than that, Anibal Sanchez was very good. He was hitting his spots.”

Sanchez said he objective was to concentrate on first-pitch strikes.

“I got behind a couple of batters,” the right-hander said. “I was just working on keeping the ball down. My changeup was working good today. My curveball was a little bit off. My fastball had good location.”

Sanchez’s solid start followed up a strong two-inning performance on Sunday by Javier Vazquez, who retired all six batters he faced against the University of Miami.

Because Vazquez’s velocity dipped in 2010 when he was with the Yankees, his arm strength is being closely monitored in Spring Training.

Vazquez was clocked at 88 mph on Sunday, and that’s where he was regularly throwing a year ago in New York.

The team has no cause for alarm because Vazquez is still building up his arm strength, which takes several weeks in Spring Training. 

More than velocity, the team was impressed with the movement on his pitches, and the veteran’s ability to change speeds. In his 14th big league season, Vazquez likely will rely on pitching savvy in 2011.

Vazquez needed 21 pitches, with 15 strikes to retired the side in order twice on Sunday. To get some extra work, he threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Lineups vs. Astros

The Marlins carry a 4-3 record into Kissimmee on Wednesday as they take on the Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

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Marlins-Astros Thursday lineups

For Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday, the Marlins have stacked up a mostly right-handed hitting lineup. Chris Coghlan and pitcher Josh Johnson are the only two left-handed hitters. Emilio Bonifacio is a switch-hitter.

Hanley Ramirez looks to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, which would be a career high. Ramirez has hit safely in 14 straight, while Jorge Cantu is riding a 10-game streak.

Florida, of course, has a string of 15 straight games with at least 10 hits.

1) Coghlan, LF 

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Helms, 3B

9) Johnson, P

Astros

1) Bourn, CF

2) Tejada, SS

3) Berkman, 1B

4) Lee, LF

5) Blum, 3B

6) Pence, RF

7) Matsui, 2B

8) Quintero, C

9) Rodriguez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Wednesday lineup

The lineup grinded out 11 hits Tuesday night, so manager Fredi Gonzalez went with the same batting order again on Wednesday.

Here’s Wednesday’s Marlins-Astros orders.

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Hermida, RF

9) West, P

Astros

1) Bourn, CF

2) Keppinger, 3B

3) Berkman, 1B

4) Lee, LF

5) Tejada, SS

6) Pence, RF

7) Matsui, 2B

8) Quintero, C

9) Bazardo, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Astros lineups

Here’s the lineups for the Marlins-Astros game on Wednesday at Land Shark Stadium.
 
Astros
 
1. Bourn, CF
2. Tejada, SS
3. Berkman, 1B
4. Lee, LF
5. Blum, 3B
6. Pence, RF
7. Rodriguez, C
8. Matsui, 2B
9. Norris, P
 
Marlins
 
1. Coghlan, LF
2. Johnson, 1B
3. Ramirez, SS
4. Cantu, 3B
5. Baker, C
6. Uggla, 2B
7. Ross, CF
8. Hermida, RF
9. Nolasco, P
 
Umpires
HP Joyce
1B Miller
2B Cousins
3B Johnson
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