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Lineup for Game 2

The Marlins are set to face the Tigers on Thursday night, weather permitting.

Sean West is slated to start for Florida, while Detroit is going with Justin Verlander for the 7:05 p.m. contest at Roger Dean Stadium.


1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Logan Morrison, LF
5) John Buck, C
6) Greg Dobbs, 1B
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) John Baker, DH
9) Josh Kroeger, RF

Joe Frisaro

Pujols praises Hanley

From the best, Hanley Ramirez is said to have the talent to eventually be the best.

But don’t take our word. You may want to believe Albert Pujols.

The Cardinals slugger, arguably the top player of his era, believes the Marlins shortstop has the ability to carve out his own place in baseball history.

pujols3a1.jpgIn an interview with Josh Friedman of 790 The Ticket, the Marlins flagship radio station, Pujols sang the praises of Ramirez.

“When it’s all said and done, he has the talent to be the best player in this game,” Pujols told Friedman. “To ever play this game, because of the ability that he has. That he doesn’t even know yet. He’s just a young, talented guy who plays the game.”

Pujols is offering similiar advice to Ramirez as he did for Miguel Cabrera during his days with the Marlins.

“The thing I always try to remember is no matter how much money that you make, always respect the game,” Pujols said. “Play the game the right way, and just never change. Be the same kid. You can’t let this game change you. Stuff like that.”

In Spring Training in 2009, when Ramirez was switched to batting third, Pujols offered some tips on his approach with runners in scoring position.

“Hitting wise, I always try to tell him different things that I do,” the Cardinals All-Star said. “The same way I did to Miguel Cabrera about five or six years ago before he went to Detroit. That’s the way I am. I try to help when guys approach me and want to talk baseball, hitting. I’m open because I believe the Lord has blessed me and I want to be able to make a difference to players, no matter what uniform they wear.”

After Ramirez signed his six-year, $70 million contract in 2008, Pujols talked to the shortstop about humility.

“He has matured a little better than he was,” Pujols said. “Now he is kind of realizing and learning from the mistakes he has made. That’s how you get better in this game.”

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins acquire Robertson from Tigers

naterobertson.jpgIt appears a left-hander will be in the Marlins rotation after all.

On Tuesday the Marlins finalized a trade with the Tigers that returns left-hander Nate Robertson to Florida for lefty prospect Jay Voss.

Robertson, 32, went 2-3 with a 5.44 ERA with the Tigers in 2009, appearing in 28 games with six starts.

This will be Robertson’s second stint with the Marlins. Drafted in the fourth round by Florida in 1999, he made his MLB debut with the club in 2002, appearing in six games.

The Marlins traded Robertson to the Tigers in 2003 as part of the Mark Redman trade. The deal helped Florida win the 2003 World Series, because Redman was a big part of the rotation.

Redman went 14-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 29 starts for the Marlins in their title season.

Before being finalized on Tuesday, the Robertson deal first had to receive the approval of the commissioner’s office, because more than $1 million was being exchanged.

Robertson is signed for $10 million this season.

The left-hander has appeared in six Grapefruit League games for the Tigers, with three starts. He’s 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 2/3 innings. He had been in competition for a

rotation spot with Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman.

In 202 MLB games, Robertson has made 169 starts over eight seasons.

Robertson would be the lone left-hander in Florida’s rotation.

The rotation had been shaping up to feature Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad and Clay Hensley.

— Joe Frisaro


Historic weekend in Washington

History on several different levels is being made by the Marlins.

In sweeping the Nationals over the weekend, the Marlins improved their fastest start ever to 11-1. The way the Marlins also won the three games at Nationals Park.

According to Elias, never before has an MLB team ever won a three-game series the way the Marlins did. That’s by trailing in the ninth inning, and rallying to victory in all three games.

You have to go back to the Tigers from Sept. 17-19, 1998, to find a team that has won three straight in this fashion. But then, Detroit beat two different teams. The Tigers rallied to beat the Blue Jays on Sept. 17, and on Sept. 18-19, they came back against the Twins.

— Joe Frisaro

Pudge and Miguel

Former teammates who shared a World Series championship together in 2003 got together before Monday night’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera shared a few words during batting practice. They posed for pictures and shared some thoughts.

Cabrera was a rookie for the Marlins in 2003, and Rodriguez was a standout catcher. On Monday night, they were competitors. Cabrera plays for Venezuela and Pudge is on the Puerto Rican squad.

“Cabrera is a nice guy, and he’s a good friend of mine,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a great hitter. He’s got big future. He’s done a lot now.”

Cabrera has emerged into an elite performer since his rookie season.

The two were teammates for a while in Detroit last year before Pudge was dealt to the Yankees.

“He’s a very smart hitter,” Pudge said.

Actually, three former players from Florida’s 2003 title team were in the park. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez with the Reds, made the trip from Sarasota to Miami to watch his native country, Venezuela.

Rodriguez took a few seconds to talk about Cabrera on Monday, a day where he has reached tentative agreement on a contract with the Astros.

I asked him if he is capable of playing 130 games like he did in the past.

He smiled and replied: “No comment.”

Considering he has incentives in his reported $1.5 million contract with the Astros, that number may meet an incentive.

— Joe Frisaro

Pudge's market opening up

For the first time since winning the World Series in 2003, Pudge Rodriguez was back at Dolphin Stadium on Friday. The 37-year-old catcher playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic was in high demand.

Pudge addressed his chances of signing with the Marlins, and he noted that “communication” has been on-going with the team and his agent, Scott Boras. Pudge added that he wants to play, and he would be open to seeing some action at either first base or third base.

Clearly, playing time is part of the equation. With John Baker as the Marlins starter, Rodriguez would have to compete for his playing time. Nothing is guaranteed, but he would be hard pressed to find a starting job anywhere else.

Jon Heyman of reports on Friday night that the Giants and Twins also are interested in Pudge, joining the Marlins and Astros.

The Marlins are monitoring Rodriguez closely at the World Baseball Classic. The team is strongly considering signing him.

An 18-year veteran, Rodriguez has 2,605 career hits. He would like to reach 3,000, and to do so, obviously, he would need to play a few more seasons and see ample playing time.

His fit with the Marlins this year would be similar in some ways to 2003. Back then, he didn’t have much interest elsewhere, and both sides profited by his arrival. Rodriguez helped Florida win a World Series title, and he made himself marketable enough for a four-year, $40 million contract with Detroit.

If he signed with the Marlins this year, it again would be a one-year deal to position himself for a multiyear contract beginning in 2010.

— Joe Frisaro