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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


Worth noting …

After 3-hours and 14-minutes on Saturday, the Marlins ended their day on a high when Hector Luna lifted a walk-off single over a drawn-in Cardinals outfield.

With the bases full, Luna did his job. The 28-year-old waited on a pitch to drive and he did just that. The winning RBI gave the Marlins a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Luna is in Marlins camp on a Minor League contract, and he is competing for a utility spot. He’s played second base and first base thus far in the Spring. And in his career, which has included stints with the Cardinals, Indians and Blue Jays, he has also played shortstop and third base.

“He’s a professional. He’s been around,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

A year ago, Luna was with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers’ system.

“He had a great year in Triple-A last year and the Dodgers, for whatever reason, he didn’t get a call up,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve seen him do that to us many times, obviously, playing him here in Spring Training and over the course of many seasons. He was a big part of that Cardinals organization for many years.”

Hensley impresses: Brian Sanches was a surprise addition to the Marlins bullpen after the 2009 season began. Sanches didn’t make Florida’s Opening Day roster, but when he was called up from Triple-A New Orleans, he became a valuable part of the bullpen.

Could Clay Hensley be the Sanches of 2010?

The 30-year-old right-hander last pitched in the big leagues for the Padres in 2008. He was with New Orleans last year, and he had a pretty solid season — 9-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 25 games with 20 starts.

On a Minor League contract, Hensley threw three scoreless innings on Saturday, striking out four.

Hensley offers the flexibility to start or relieve.

“He’s pitched in the big leagues. He’s got three or four pitches,” Gonzalez said. “He commands all of them. He knows how to pitch. He’s an interesting guy. He really is. He can do whatever. He can be a long guy, or he can be a sixth starter, if he doesn’t make the club out of the Spring.

“He can be a guy in Triple-A, and you don’t worry about him coming up. For me, he pitched three solid innings, and did very well.”

Upcoming rotation: The Marlins on Sunday face the Cardinals again at Roger Dean Stadium. Sean West will start, and worked about two innings. Also slated to go are Andrew Miller, Daniel Jennings and Jose Ceda.

On Monday, the Marlins have a split-squad day.

Ricky Nolasco will start against the Nationals in Viera. 

At Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins made a switch. Ryan Tucker will start against the Mets. Initially, The team had gone back and forth about whether to go with Tucker or bring Rick VandenHurk back on earlier rest. 

The Marlins on Tuesday will face the Red Sox in Jupiter. Former Boston prospect Anibal Sanchez will start, and VandenHurk will pitch in relief. Kris Harvey, Tim Wood, Sanches, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez are lined up that day, too.

And Wednesday, when the Marlins travel to Kissimmee to face the Astros, Hayden Penn will start. Chris Volstad will enter in relief, as will Jay Voss and Brett Sinkbeil.

— Joe Frisaro

Live BP has its hazards

The hazards of live batting showed up on Sunday afternoon.

On two separate practice fields, Cody Ross and Gaby Sanchez were each drilled by pitches.

Sean West pegged Ross on the inside of his right ankle, while Ricky Nolasco drilled Sanchez on the left hip. Both batters are now sporting bruises, occupational hazards in the sport.

gabys.JPGBoth are fine and continued taking their swings on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.

In these hitting sessions, pitchers are throwing from behind protective L Screens, while hitters are inside  cages, commonly called a turtles.

For the most part, hitters and pitchers don’t like performing in these controlled situations. But they are part of the preparation process.

“You’re just trying to go up there to work on your game,” Sanchez said. “You’re trying to get in there, and see the ball. You’re trying to pick out good pitches, and recognizing them, so when you start the games, you’ve got a little bit of it.”

Reliever Derrick Turnbow isn’t a big fan of throwing to batters from behind a screen.

A former All-Star with the Brewers, he said a few years ago while with Milwaukee, pitchers threw live BP to their pitchers. He remembers the uneasiness of pitching to former Brewers star Ben Sheets.

“It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal at all, but you’ve got an L screen in front of you,” Turnbow said. “You’re throwing to your own guys. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t personally like it. It’s one of those things you have to do. Everybody does it. You just try to get through it.”

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins announce signings

The number of Marlins not under contract keeps dwindling.

On Saturday, the team announced they’ve signed 12 players to deals for 2010. All are under club control, and their deals are a formality.

Signing were OF Scott Cousins, RHP Kris Harvey, LHP Hunter Jones, RHP Cristhian Martinez, RHP Hayden Penn, RHP Rick VandenHurk, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Sean West, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP Dan Meyer and INF Emilio Bonifacio.

— Joe Frisaro



Early Spring rotation set

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez on Saturday set his early Grapefruit League rotation.

The team opens its exhibition season on Wednesday against the University of Miami. Ricky Nolasco will start that game, and Ryan Tucker will enter in relief. John Baker will catch.

Florida’s Grapefruit League season begins on Thursday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will take the mound that game, and he will be backed by Rick VandenHurk.

On Friday, against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Chris Volstad will get the nod, followed by Hayden Penn.

Josh Johnson, who will be the Opening Day starter, will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 6 against the Cardinals. Clay Hensley will follow.

On March 7 against the Cardinals, Sean West will get the start. Andrew Miller also will pitch in that game.

The first time around, the starters will pitch about two innings, or 35 total pitches.

Nolasco will make his first Grapefruit League start on March 8 in a split squad game against the Nationals in Viera. Tucker will face the Mets that day in Jupiter.

Early on, Baker and Ronny Paulino will alternate at catcher.

The Marlins have yet to solidify their rotation for the regular season. There is open competition for three spots. Only Johnson and Nolasco are locked into the rotation.

The candidates who are starting off first will flip-flop in their next scheduled appearances. For instance, while, Sanchez is starting on Thursday, and VandenHurk will enter in relief, the next time around, VandenHurk will start the following week, with Sanchez coming in relief. The same holds true for the games that Volstad and West will start.

— Joe Frisaro


Meet Ryan Tucker

Talent evaluators say Ryan Tucker has a power arm and tremendous potential.

One of five former first-round picks the Marlins had in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Tucker is now a 23-year-old looking to reach the next level. He’s had a taste of the big leagues, making 13 appearances (with six starts) in 2008.

Last year, the California native was held back because of injuries. He underwent quad surgery on his left leg early in the season, and later on dealt with an oblique problem.

“I tore apart my quad where it attached to my kneecap,” said Tucker, who was in the same Draft class as Chris Volstad and Sean West. “It was a thing that happened over time. Then I had an oblique injury at the end of the season. It was just a real long year last year. I’d never missed a game [due to injury] throughout the Minor Leagues until last year.”

The year, however, wasn’t totally lost, because in late September, he became the father of twin girls.

“It’s been a busy off season. I’ve been ready to get here, and get some sleep,” said Tucker, who makes Pasadena home.

“I’ve been throwing the whole winter,” he said. “It was a pretty short year for me last year. I was wanting to get going. I feel I’m right on pace. I don’t know what’s going to happen, or where I’m going to go [when the season starts].”

Because he missed so much time last year, Tucker is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster. Still, he is a hard-thrower who the club feels will eventually be a factor on the big league roster.

Tucker can either start or relieve. Because of his upper-90s fastball, some feel he could eventually close in his career.

Asked about if the is a starter or reliever candidate a few days ago, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said he just wants the right-hander to be healthy. From there, the organization will figure out how to use him.

“I’m sure they would like to make sure I’m healthy first,” Tucker said. “Even in Spring Training last year, I was dealing with a knee issue. When we broke camp, they told me I was the [Triple-A] Opening Day starter, and I was really excited about that.

“I just want to come in here now ready. I want to show them that I took it seriously in the offseason. I’m coming in giving it my best chance to make it. If I don’t make it, I don’t make it. That’s kind of how it goes.”

— Joe Frisaro



State of Marlins update

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest addressed the local media on Thursday, advancing the upcoming Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.

Among the highlights were:

* Expect Marlins to be active in Indy.

* Eight internal candidates for five rotation spots: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Sean West, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez, Andrew Miller, Rick VandenHurk, Hayden Penn.

* Leo Nunez is the frontrunner to be the closer. Matt Lindstrom would have to win spot back.

* Team is prepared to lead off Chris Coghlan once again in 2010, although his speed isn’t prototypical for the position.

* Alfredo Amezaga remains slowed by his microfracture surgery to his left kneecap. The hope is Amezaga will be ready for Spring Training, but that is unclear right now.

* Cameron Maybin (shoulder), Cody Ross (wrist) and Jorge Cantu (ankle) are all progressing nicely from their end of season injuries.

* Without offering specifics, Beinfest didn’t dismiss the prospect of still trying to work out a multiyear contract with Josh Johnson.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Mets lineups

The Marlins will look to even their series with Mets on Saturday night. Florida sends rookie Sean West to the mound, while New York counters with John Maine.

Florida first baseman Nick Johnson is a little under the weather and he wasn’t in the starting lineup. Ross Gload made the start at first.


1) Pagan, LF

2) Castillo, 2B

3) Wright, 3B

4) Beltran, CF

5) Francoeur, RF

6) Tatis, 1B

7) Santos, C

8) Hernandez, SS

9) Maine, P


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins take the field on Sunday looking to claim the four-game series at Cincinnati.

Hot-hitting Chris Coghlan, despite being banged up with some bumps and bruises, will lead off.

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) West, P

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins Tuesday lineup

The Marlins will look to rebound in the second of three games at St. Louis on Tuesday night. Ronny Paulino is in the lineup against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. Paulino is 4-for-13 (.308) in his career.


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Maybin, CF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro