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Vazquez facing Cardinals on Saturday

JUPITER, Fla. — After missing one start due to mild soreness in his right elbow, Javier Vazquez is back on the mound for Florida on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

There will be no designated hitter, so Vazquez and St. Louis right-hander Kyle Lohse are both expected to hit.

About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the Marlins announced Logan Morrison was scratched from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Also slated to pitch for the Marlins are Burke Badenhop, Randy Choate and Clay Hensley.

Dewayne Wise is back in the lineup after sitting out a couple of days with a sore left big toe.


1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Greg Dobbs, 1B
5) Brad Davis, C
6) Matt Dominguez, 3B
7) Josh Kroeger, RF
8) Emilio Bonifacio, LF
9) Javier Vazquez, P


1) Ryan Theriot, SS
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Matt Carpenter, 3B
6) Yadier Molina, C
7) Skip Schumaker, 2B
8) Nick Stavinoha, RF
9) Kyle Lohse, P

Joe Frisaro

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.


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


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

Marlins-Cardinals lineups

The Marlins and Cardinals are making up their Aug. 8 rainout with a 3:10 p.m. ET contest at Sun Life Stadium.

The Marlins have lost a season-high six straight games. Their task won’t be easy as St. Louis is going with Chris Carpenter. Chris Volstad pitches for Florida.

Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game due to left elbow inflammation.

Emilio Bonifacio was initially in lineup batting leadoff and playing shortstop. But hew as scratched due to left hamstring tightness. Ozzie Martinez filled in, making his first big league start at shortstop.









1) Skip Schumaker, 2B

2) Jon Jay, RF

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Colby Ramus, CF

6) Yadier Molina, C

7) Pedro Feliz, 3B

8) Chris Carpenter, P

9) Brendan Ryan, SS









1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins-Cardinals Saturday lineup

Mired in a season-long five-game losing streak, the Marlins are turning to their ace, Josh Johnson, in hopes of getting back on the winning track.

Jake Westbrook gets the start for St. Louis on Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Gaby Sanchez (right hamstring) and Cody Ross (neck) are out of the lineup for the second straight day. Both are day-to-day. With an off day on Monday, there is a likelihood they both could be rested for the series before returning on Tuesday at Washington. Both are available to pinch-hit.









1) Felipe Lopez, 3B

2) Jon Jay, RF

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Colby Rasmus, CF

6) Yadier Molina, C

7) Aaron Miles, 2B

8) Jake Westbrook, P

9) Brendan Ryan, SS









1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Wes Helms, 1B

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, 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. 









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










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


Sunday lineup vs. Cardinals

Cameron Maybin will be leading off for the first time in Spring Training, as manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffles his roster.

The Marlins face the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

Still not ready for game action are Cody Ross (sore right thumb) and John Baker (strained forearm muscle). Ross expects to take batting practice on Sunday. Baker is on no throw schedule and likely won’t play in a game at least until mid week.


Florida_Marlins_logo.gif1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Donnie Murphy, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Brett Carroll, RF

7) Bryan Petersen, LF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Sean West, P


cardinalslogo1a.gif1) Julio Lugo, SS

2) Felipe Lopez, 2B

3) Ryan Ludwick, RF

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Yadier Molina, C

6) David Freese, 3B

7) Nick Stavinoha, DH

8) Joe Mather, 1B

9) Shane Robinson, CF

Pitching — Kyle McClellan

— 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-Cardinals lineups Monday

Despite being a little bit under the weather, Hanley Ramirez is in the Marlins lineup on Monday at St. Louis.

Ramirez has been bothered by flu-like symptoms, but he says he is fine to play.

Here are the lineups:


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Nolasco, P


1) Schumaker, 2B

2) Lugo, SS

3) Pujols, 1B

4) Holliday, LF

5) Rasmus, CF

6) Ludwick, RF

7) DeRosa, 3B

8) LaRue, C

9) Wellemeyer, P

— 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