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Manny in lineup vs. Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Manny Ramirez is among the Rays regulars on the travel roster to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins look to snap their eight-game Grapefruit League losing streak. Chris Volstad takes the mound for Florida, while Tampa Bay is going with Cory Wade.

RAYS

1) John Jaso, C
2) Elliot Johnson, CF
3) Manny Ramirez, DH
4) Matt Joyce, RF
5) Felipe Lopez, 3B
6) Casey Kotchman, 1B
7) Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8) Reid Brignac, SS
9) Sam Fuld, LF

MARLINS

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

Joe Frisaro

Weighing trade options

At the trade deadline last year, the Marlins courted Manny Ramirez and ended up acquiring lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes.

The front office continues to engage in conversations in hopes of upgrading for the final two months.

Padres closer Heath Bell, accordingly to a few reports, may be the most realistic option. The Marlins may be able to secure a deal for Bell if they are willing to part with 23-year-old lefty Sean West or lefty Andrew Miller.

If or when a trade is made, the Marlins players are prepared to push forward with what they have.

“They have our best interest in mind,” center fielder Cody Ross said. “They want to win this year, and they know that we want to. I think they’re trying everything they possibly can.

“I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They’re at it constantly. This past week isn’t the first time they’ve been talking about trades. I’m sure they’ve been trying for a while. They’ve been trying to make our club better. It’s not just the deadline.”

Ross joked that if he were a general manager that he’d made big pushes for the best players on the market. He said he’d want Roy Halladay and Matt Holliday.

“That’s why I’m not a GM,” Ross said. “I’d put all my eggs in one basket, and then I’d be fired the next year. That’s why these guys are so good at what they do. You can’t second guess what they do. They’re professional.”

Still, if a trade is made, the impact could be huge in the clubhouse. Ross recalls what Rhodes meant in the final two months to the bullpen.

“Last year when we got Arthur, it was huge,” Ross said. “He was incredible. He did more than you can ask for. It wasn’t enough to get to the playoffs. But he did his part. As a team, we just didn’t get in. Any time you get a player like him, or anybody like that, it’s a positive.”

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins have their primary lineup for Sunday’s series finale with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are giving Manny Ramirez the day off, and former Marlin Juan Pierre is in the lineup, batting ninth.

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) Volstad, P

Dodgers

1) Furcal, SS

2) Hudson, 2B

3) Ethier, RF

4) Loney, 1B

5) Kemp, CF

6) Martin, C

7) Loretta, 3B

8) Schmidt, P

9) Pierre, LF

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins Friday lineup

With the Dodgers going with lefy Clayton Kershaw on Friday night, the Marlins have countered with a right-handed hitting lineup. In fact, the only lefty bat in the lineup for Florida is Josh Johnson, a right-handed pitcher who hits from the left side.

Switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio will bat right-handed. Bonifacio is making the start in left field, not third base.

For Bonifacio, who has made 76 starts at third base, on Friday had his second start in left field.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was kicking around the idea for a while to using the versatile Bonifacio in left field. It’s not automatic that he will platoon in left field with Chris Coghlan, but he could see more time out there.

The Dodgers, of course, have Manny Ramirez in left field. 

Playing off the “Mannywood” them in L.A., Bonifacio walked through the clubhouse on Friday wearing an outfield glove. “Boni-wood,” he joked.

1) Boni, LF

2) Helms, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Paulino, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

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