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Marlins-Mets lineups

JUPITER, Fla. — Anibal Sanchez was back on the mound on Sunday after the right-hander missed one start due to a right shin contusion.

Sanchez and the Marlins face the Mets, who are starting Chris Young.

Because the Marlins don’t want Sanchez to bat as his shin recovers, the team will use the designated hitter. The Mets, meanwhile, will have the pitcher batting.

The game will be aired on 790 The Ticket, and televised on Fox Sports Florida.

METS

1) Willie Harris, LF
2) Luis Hernandez, SS
3) Scott Hairston, CF
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, 3B
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Brad Emaus, 2B
8) Ronny Paulino, C
9) Chris Young, P

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, 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) Dewayne Wise, RF

Joe Frisaro

Rockies eye Paulino, Baker recovering

Non-tendered recently by the Marlins, catcher Ronny Paulino is expected to garner a bit of attention at the Winter Meetings.

Now a free agent, Paulino is on the radar of the Rockies, who are looking for a veteran backup for Chris Iannetta.

Russell Martin and Benji Molina also have been linked as possibilities for Colorado.

Paulino became expendable after Florida signed free agent John Buck to a three-year, $18 million contract.

Florida is not seeking backup catching help.

John Baker, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow, projects to eventually back up Buck. Because of the surgery, Baker is not expected to be at full throwing strength at the start of Spring Training.

However, Baker is a candidate to make the Opening Day roster as perhaps a left-handed pinch-hitter. Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest noted recently that Baker is being viewed in the lefty pinch-hit role, even if he isn’t ready to play defensively.

In that scenario, Brad Davis and Brett Hayes would have strong chances to make the team as the second string catcher.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Would Olivo be a fit in Florida?

The Marlins are looking for a catcher, and Miguel Olivo may soon be on the market.

On Wednesday, it was reported the Rockies will decline their end of Olivo’s mutual option for next year. The option was worth $2.7 million after the 32-year-old earned $2.5 million this season.

The Rockies will agree to pay a $500,000 buyout, freeing Olivo to explore the free agent market.

The Marlins are exploring catcher options, and there may be a fit with Olivo. At least internally, the team has brought up the possibility of bringing Olivo back to Florida, where he was a regular behind the plate in 2006 and 2007.

For the Rockies in 2010, Olivo appeared in 112 games, and he batted .269 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

In 2006 and ’07 with the Marlins, Olivo belted 16 home runs in each season.

Catching is an area of need for Florida.

Ronny Paulino, who is arbitration eligible, was suspended for 50-games for violating MLB’s substance policy, and the team is weighing whether to bring him back.

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery and he has not been cleared to begin baseball activities. With the uncertainty about when Baker will return, catcher is a primary position the Marlins are seeking to upgrade.

Olivo will at least draw consideration from Florida.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins in market for a catcher

Bullpen won’t be the only area the Marlins plan to address in the offseason.

The organization is strongly considering moving in another direction at catcher. Ronny Paulino recently was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.

This year, Paulino made $1.1 million. Through arbitration, he projects to see his salary increase to about $3 million in 2011.

Due to the suspension, he is out for the remainder of the season. The organization is cautious about wanting to pay $3 million to a player coming off a suspension. So they will be exploring other catching options.

If Paulino were to return, it would be at a marked down price.

The other catcher the Marlins expected to have this year faces the strong possibility of arm surgery.

John Baker, projected to get majority of the playing time this season, has been on the disabled list since mid-May. Baker visited a doctor on Monday, and chances are likely that he will be undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

Because of the situations with Paulino and Baker, the Marlins have made finding catching help a high priority. Adding catching help is up there with solidifying the bullpen.

Paulino played in 91 games and he batted .259 with four homers and 37 RBIs.

While he was especially solid in May and June, his numbers dropped significantly as he was playing every day. In June, he batted .287, and followed that up with a .174 batting average in July. In August, he appeared in 12 games, and was hitting .171 in the month when he was suspended.

Rookies Brett Hayes and Brad Davis are currently handling the catching duties.

– Joe Frisaro

Bonifacio starting on Sunday

The Marlins look to avoid being swept on Sunday afternoon at Cincinnati.

Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Marlins, who now are one-game under .500 after dropping two straight at Great American Ball Park.

Emilio Bonifacio is starting in center field in place of Cody Ross. Mike Stanton, who is hitting .475 (19-for-40) with six homers and 11 RBIs, will be batting fifth for the third game this year.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Mike Stanton, RF
6) Wes Helms, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
8) Ronny Paulino, C
9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins started off their 10-game road trip on a winning note, beating the Nationals, 8-2, on Tuesday night.

The lineup had a slight change on Wednesday as Donnie Murphy got the start at third base in place of Wes Helms.

Chris Volstad gets the starting nod on the mound. The Nationals are going with former Marlin, Scott Olsen.

 

 

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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) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Gaby, Cody return to lineup

The Marlins lineup on Tuesday welcomed back two key position players. Gaby Sanchez (hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck) will each start for the first time since last Thursday.

The Marlins open a three-game set at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg gets the start for Washington.

 

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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

 

Marlins strive to snap slide

The Marlins have dropped three straight heading into their series finale with the Phillies on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

Chris Volstad gets the start against Roy Oswalt.

 

 

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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Ross Gload, 1B

4) Raul Ibanez, LF

5) Jayson Werth, CF

6) Domonic Brown, RF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, 2B

9) Roy Oswalt, 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) Chris Volstad, 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

 

Luna makes first start

For the first since May 21, 2008, Hector Luna is in a big league game. The veteran will start at third base for the Marlins in their series opener with the Phillies on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.

After the Marlins traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers last Thursday, Luna had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. He was in uniform for the weekend series at San Diego, but he didn’t play.

Wes Helms will handle a majority of the starts at third base, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said Luna will make a start or two a week, either at third or first base.

Left-hander Sean West is making his first start of the season on Tuesday. The Marlins officially recalled West to face the Phillies. To make room for the lefty, right-hander Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment.

Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies.

Lineup for Tuesday: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Dan Uggla (2B), Cody Ross (CF), Mike Stanton (RF), Ronny Paulino (C), Hector Luna (3B), Sean West (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

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