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Angels in the bullpen

With the season winding down, it’s that time of year again where rookies have to pay their dues and honor the age old baseball tradition of dressing in embarrassing attire.

Some call it rookie hazing. Others see it as just good fun.

rookies9-9.jpgTypically, entire rookie classes must go through some sort of ritual. The Marlins relievers are getting some extra treatment from the veterans. Starting in Philadelphia and continuing through the end of the season, the rookie relievers are walking out to the bullpen dressed in angle wings and halos.

Rookie relievers Jay Buente, Jose Ceda and Chris Leroux certainly heard their share of heckling from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

“I’d say initially getting out there is kind of embarrassing, but once you’re out there, you get used to hearing at all the fans yelling at you all at one time,” said Buente, who wasn’t sure if he should remove the halo during the national anthem. “You couldn’t really hear any one single fan.”

Seeing the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ceda, the Phillies Phanatic came up and gave the reliever a big hug.

“My highlight was seeing Jose Ceda hug the mascot,” Leroux. “That was my highlight.”

One Marlin, who didn’t want to be named, said: “Ceda hugging the mascot looked like two mascots hugging each other.”

The idea of wings and halos was a brainstorm of veteran Wes Helms.

Will Ohman, a veteran in the bullpen, says the rookies will wear their outfits for the rest of the season, so fans at Sun Life Stadium and other markets will be able to see the costumes.

All rookies go through some special routine. When Ohman was a rookie, he dressed as a cowgirl.

Later in the season, the position players will get into the act.

Ohman noted that since relievers don’t sit in the dugout during the games, they have to do their own special bonding in the pen.

Buente noted that he is having fun with it, because it beats the alternative — not being with a big league club in September.

– Joe Frisaro

  

Phillies-Marlins lineups Wednesday

The Marlins look to salvage a four-game split on Wednesday night with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Andrew Miller gets the nod, while Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies. Hanley Ramirez got the night off.

Ramirez was plunked in the back by a pitch on Monday, and he is a little sore. Nothing serious.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Jimmy Rollins, SS

7) Raul Ibanez, LF

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Cole Hamels, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Is the bad blood now over?

Now that the dust has settled, has the matter really been resolved?

The Marlins certainly hope so.

Tempers flared and fists were flying in the Marlins’ 16-10 win over the Nationals on Wednesday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Benches cleared after Nyjer Morgan charged pitcher Chris Volstad in the sixth inning. On the night, there were six ejections. MLB is expected to issue harsh suspensions and fines.

To Marlins veteran Wes Helms, what took place on Wednesday should put an end to the bad blood.

“I know it’s over for me,” Helms said. “I hope it is for these other guys.”

We’ll find out soon. The Marlins face the Nationals Sept. 10-12 at Nationals Park.

“[Wednesday night] was something we had to do,” Helms said. “But we need to be professionals and just play the rest of the season. Unless something else happens there that starts it, then we’re going to go there and just play baseball.”

Chad Tracy was one of the first players in the pile at the mound.

“You’re trying to protect your pitcher from getting hurt, because after about the first 10 seconds, it’s just bodies on top of each other anyway,” Tracy said. “You’re trying to keep yourself from getting hurt. But at the same time you’re trying to protect your pitcher. If you go in throwing blows, you’re asking for a suspension. We can’t really lose any more players right now.”

Asked if the tensions between the teams are now resolved, Tracy noted: “It should be, yeah.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Mets lineups for Thursday

The Marlins rebounding from a loss on Tuesday to hold on for a win on Wednesday. Now they are in position to claim their series with the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday.

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 Anibal Sanchez draws the pitching assignment against New York lefty Jonathon Niese.

The Marlins hold the season series edge, 9-6. The NL East rivals will meet again at Sun Life Stadium for two games on Sept. 21-22.

Hanley Ramirez, sporting his dyed red hair, will be batting third.

Here are the lineups:

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

METS

1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, LF

3) Carlos Beltran, CF

4) David Wright, 3B

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Josh Thole, C

8) Luis Castillo, 2B

9) Jonathan Niese, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley back hitting third

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez talked about it a day ago. The switch became official on Wednesday.

The Marlins shuffled their lineup against the Mets, sliding Hanley Ramirez down to the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the first time since July 27.

Cameron Maybin moved to the leadoff spot in the second game of the Marlins’ series with New York.

Rodriguez wanted Ramirez hitting third because he feels the slugger is better suited to drive in runs. Often as a leadoff batter, he his hitting with no one on base.

Ramirez also sported a new look on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he colored his hair. He was trying to change it to blonde, but instead it turned red.

The Marlins lineup for Wednesday is: Cameron Maybin (CF), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Mike Stanton (RF), Wes Helms (3B), Brett Hayes (C), Alex Sanabia (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

Will Hanley return to hitting third?

When Chris Coghlan went on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Hanley Ramirez moved from batting third to leading off.

Now that Cameron Maybin has rejoined the team, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is considering getting Ramirez back to the third spot in the lineup.

If all goes well, it could occur this week. The key, Rodriguez says, is Maybin.

Brought up from Triple-A New Orleans now that Cody Ross is with the Giants, Maybin batted seventh on Tuesday at New York.

If Maybin makes consistent contact, look for him to eventually slide to the leadoff spot.

Rodriguez feels Ramirez is best suited to bat third, ahead of Dan Uggla.

The possible lineup by the end of the week could be Maybin (CF), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Mike Stanton (RF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Wes Helms (3B), Brett Hayes (C) and then the pitcher.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Tuesday

The Marlins and Mets open a three-game series at the Mets beginning on Tuesday night. Josh Johnson will make the start, seeking his 12th win.

Cameron Maybin is batting seventh, filling in at center field now that Cody Ross has moved on to the Giants.

 

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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) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

– 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 look to rebound on Saturday

After having their four-game winning streak snapped on Friday, the Marlins look to rebound on Saturday night at Cincinnati.

Sean West will start for the Marlins, while the Reds are going with rookie Mike Leake.

Over his last four games, Mike Stanton has four homers, four doubles and eight RBIs. Stanton is the first rookie to post four homers, four doubles and eight RBIs over a four-game span since Randy Hundley in 1966.

 

 

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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) Brett Hayes, C

9) Sean West, 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

 

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