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Baker bruises left hand

Ronny Paulino was slated to start the second game of the double-header anyway.

Paulino entered in Game 1 in the seventh inning, replacing John Baker, who was lifted with a left-hand contusion.

Baker was shaken up in the fourth inning.

On a wild pitch after striking out in the fourth, Baker was accidentally swatted in the face by Ryan Howard’s glove. His left hand went up to protect his face, and he suffered the bruise.

An X-ray came back negative, and the catcher is listed as day-to-day.

Baker reached when Joe Blanton’s strike three was not handled by Phillies catcher Paul Bako.

About the time Baker was reaching first base, Howard extended to catch Bako’s throw, and his glove smacked Baker in the face. The ball, Baker said, struck him on the left hand. 

Baker was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak and manager Fredi Gonzalez, but he remained in the game for a couple of more innings.

Baker said he feels he can play on Wednesday, however, with the Phillies going with lefty Cole Hamels, Paulino is slated to start.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins-Phillies Game 1 lineup

The Marlins and Phillies are playing a twinbill at Land Shark Stadium on Tuesday. The Game 1 lineups:


1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Werth, RF

6) Ibanez, LF

7) Cairo, 3B

8) Bako, C

9) Blanton, P


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) Johnson, P

In Game 2, Ronny Paulino is expected to start at catcher with Wes Helms starting at third base, and Jorge Cantu at first base. Nick Johnson and John Baker are not expected to start in the second game. Cameron Maybin should be in center with Brett Carroll coming off the bench.

— Joe Frisaro


Hermida's game-changing catch

Lost in all the late-inning commotion of the Marlins’ 12-3 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon was a game-changing catch by Jeremy Hermida in the first inning.

The play was one of the biggest of the game.

Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson labored in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Shane Victorino walked.

Chase Utley worked a nine-pitch at-bat off Johnson, and he was retired on a long fly ball that Cody Ross ran down in deep center field. Rollins tagged and moved to third.

With runners on the corners, Ryan Howard laced a long drive to right. Initially, it looked as if it would smack off the wall for extra bases. But Hermida raced back, jumped, and made a leaping catch. The ball snowconed in the top of his glove, but replays indicated that it was a catch.

Victorino, thinking the ball was trapped off the wall, rounded second. Rollins tagged and scored, but Hermida’s throw to Jorge Cantu at first base doubled-up Victorino, ending the inning. Victorino argued that the ball wasn’t caught, but the inning ended with the Phillies scoring one run, instead of at least three.

“I caught it, right against the wall,” Hermida said. “It was the top of my glove. I felt I caught it. It was kind of tough to see, but it never did hit the wall.”

Victorino’s frustrations boiled over in the seventh inning when he was ejected by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano for disputing balls and strikes. The twist to Victorino’s ejection was the fact he was standing in center field while Wes Helms was at the plate.

Hermida’s defensive gem was one of three double plays that helped Johnson improve his record to 11-2.

“That was one of those first innings again where you are trying to find outs any way you can,” Johnson said. “[Hermida] made a great catch. It was a great play. It did get me settled down to get into a groove.”

— Joe Frisaro


Calero day-to-day

In the eighth inning of Florida’s 12-3 win over Philadelphia, Marlins reliever Kiko Calero was lifted with pain in his right knee.

Appearing for the first time since Aug. 4 at Washington, Calero exited after issuing a two-out walk to Chase Utley.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound, and the veteran right-hander was replaced without even testing the knee with a warmup pitch.

Afterwards, Calero said he feld discomfort in the muscle area above the kneecap.

“It felt weak today,” said Calero, who has appeared in 47 games this season. “On Friday, I started feeling it. But today, there were two pitches [to Utley] where my knee felt weak. I’m fine.”

Calero is listed as day-to-day.

In 2003, he had surgery to repair a torn right patella.

Gonzalez said before of his past history with the knee area, the team is being extra cautious.

Calero was on the disabled list from June 21-July 9 with right shoulder inflammation.

The Marlins were hoping to avoid using Renyel Pinto on Sunday, but the lefty replaced Calero, and he retired Ryan Howard on a fly ball to right field.

Calero has been used in a late-inning relief role. Matt Lindstrom, Brendan Donnelly, Brian Sanches and Tim Wood are right-handed setup options. Leo Nunez has been used as closer.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins wild, tense seventh

A series of wild events and timely hitting punctuated the Marlins’ six-run seventh inning on Sunday.

There was tension right off the bat in the frame when home plate umpire Ed Rapuano ejected Shane Victorino, who was standing in center field. Victorino was tossed when Rapuano called an 0-2 pitch by Rodrigo Lopez a ball with Wes Helms at the plate.

Throwing his arms up in disgust in center field, Rapuano tossed the All-Star outfielder. Victorino charged toward Rapuano, and he to be restrained by his teammates. Ryan Howard did his part keeping his teammate from the umpire.

Jayson Werth replaced Victorino in center field. The Marlins went on to send 10 to the plate, scoring six runs, all with two outs.

Chris Coghlan had a two-run single with the bases loaded, but three runners scored when Werth misplayed the ball, allowing Coghlan to reach third.

Hanley Ramirez ripped a two-run double, giving him 160 two-base hits for his career. That’s sixth most in franchise history.

Phillies fans repeatedly booed Rapuano’s calls during the inning, and chanted: “Victorino!”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam by striking out Howard looking.

Howard took a full-count pitch, called a strike by Rapuano. Howard wasn’t happy with the call.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins Saturday lineup

Marlins center fielder Cody Ross was bothered by flu-like symptoms on Friday, and he still played all 12 innings in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies.

On Saturday, Ross was given a breather. Brett Carroll made his first start of the season in center field.

The Marlins lineup on Saturday:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Baker, C

8) Carroll, CF

9) Johnson, P

Phillies lineup:

1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Ibanez, LF

6) Dobbs, RF

7) Feliz, 3B

8) Bako, C

9) Blanton, P

— Joe Frisaro