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Marlins lineups for Sunday

The Marlins wrap up their first half on Sunday looking to salvage a four-game split with the D-backs at Chase Field.

A pair of starting pitchers who opened the season at Double-A will be on the mound. Alex Sanabia gets the call for Florida, while Barry Enright goes for Arizona.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Wes Helms, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

 

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1) Chris Young, CF

2) Kelly Johnson, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Miguel Montero, C

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Stephen Drew, SS

7) Rusty Ryal, 1B

8) Gerardo Parra, LF

9) Barry Enright, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins open to making moves

The deeper they fall in the standing, the greater the chance the Marlins will be open to making moves.

In fact, there are rumbings from within the organization that they may be willing to listen to offers for just about everyone not named Josh Johnson or Hanley Ramirez. Besides those two — plus players who are not yet in their arbitration years — the club could be ready to make some changes.

There are indications that Ricky Nolasco, who has one year remaining in arbitration, could be dealt for the right price. The Marlins are in no rush to move the 27-year-old right-hander, but they would certainly listen to what is available.

Jorge Cantu is eligible for free agency after the season. While the Marlins are high on the veteran, who has been a steady run producer, they might not be in position to sign him to a multi-year deal if his salary reaches more than $10 million. Cantu appears to be the most likely Marlin to be moved before the end of the season.

Dan Uggla and Cody Ross — like Nolasco — have one year of arbitration remaining. There is no immediate urgency to trade either player. But both may bring back some parts to build upon for the future.

Nate Robertson, acquired late in Spring Training from Detroit, also could be an attractive trade piece should the Marlins be out of the race by the end of the month.

Veteran Wes Helms, a free agent after the season, may also draw interest on the trade market. The Marlins are high on Helms, and envision him someday being a coach in their system. Even if he is traded, the club may look to sign him back in the offseason.

The team certainly is looking for bullpen help, but that’s not the only area they hope to address. Offensively, they are hoping to become more balanced and less streaky.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Hanley back in lineup Tuesday

A couple of days off, and Hanley Ramirez is good to go.

Ramirez was back in the starting lineup at shortstop in the Marlins series opener with the Orioles on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Ramirez experienced tightness in his right hamstring in the eighth inning on Saturday. He was given off on Sunday, and the Marlins were off on Monday.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, DH

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Wes Helms, 3B

9) Ronny Paulino, C

Anibal Sanchez, P

 

 

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1) Corey Patterson, LF

2) Miguel Tejada, 3B

3) Nick Markakis, RF

4) Ty Wigginton, 1B

5) Luke Scott, DH

6) Adam Jones, CF

7) Matt Wieters, C

8) Scott Moore, 2B

9) Cesar Izturis, SS

Jeremy Guthrie, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley out of lineup Sunday

Hanley Ramirez tweaked his right hamstring while running out a double in the eighth inning in Saturday night’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Rays at Sun Life Stadium.

Ramirez was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, but he was available to pinch-hit. The All-Star shortstop came in early for treatment.

The Marlins are off on Monday, and there is a chance he can be in the lineup on Tuesday at Baltimore.

Sunday lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Dan Uggla, 2B

4) Ronny Paulino, C

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brian Barden, SS

9) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Sunday

Shortly before the Marlins faced the Phillies on Sunday, Chris Coghlan noted that the beauty of a day game after a night game is “You don’t have to wait 24 hours to play.”

After being on the losing end of a perfect game, the Marlins are eager to get back on the field. On a historic Saturday night, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history, beating the Marlins 1-0.

The Marlins and Phillies wrap up their three-game set at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Jamie Moyer is pitching against Anibal Sanchez.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Wes Helms, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, CF

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-White Sox Sunday lineups

The Marlins and White Sox conclude their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday afternoon. Josh Johnson starts for Florida. Freddy Garcia takes the mound for Chicago.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, DH

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Brett Carroll, RF

 

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1) Juan Pierre, LF

2) A.J. Pierzynski, C

3) Alex Rios, CF

4) Paul Konerko, 1B

5) Mark Kotsay, DH

6) Carlos Quinten, RF

7) Mark Teahen, 3B

8) Alexei Ramirez, SS

9) Gordon Beckham, 2B

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-White Sox lineups

The Marlins and White Sox resume their Interleague series on Saturday afternoon. Chris Volstad looks to help Florida even the series at U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd gets the start for Chicago.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, DH

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Cameron Maybin, CF

 

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1) Juan Pierre, LF

2) Alexei Ramirez, SS

3) Alex Rios, CF

4) Paul Konerko, DH

5) Mark Kotsay, 1B

6) Carlos Quentin, RF

7) Mark Teahen, 3B

8) Ramon Castro, C

9) Gordon Beckham, 2B

– Joe Frisaro

 

Lesson in leading by example

At what point does a player feel an injury is impacting his effort on the field?

In recent days the Marlins are dealing with an internal cloud storm created when Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game on Monday for lacking effort.

An inning after taking a foul ball off his left leg, just above the ankle, Ramirez trotted after a ball in the field that led to manager Fredi Gonzalez pulling the All-Star from the game.

Ramirez, who is among the faster players in the game, on Tuesday said he gave it all he had at the moment.

Veteran Wes Helms says if an injury is hurting the team on the field, then the player shouldn’t be out there. In Ramirez’s case, many on the team, and those who watched the replays, feel the effort was lacking.

“I’m a guy who pretty much plays until it’s broken,” Helms said. “But if you have an incident where it is going to affect the team, and you can’t give the right effort, you shouldn’t be out there,” Helms said. “If that was the case, then that’s different. But to just kind of not hustle is a different thing. There are two different things there.”

Ramirez has since offered harsh criticism of Gonzalez, pointing out the fact that his manager was never in the big leagues.

Not every manager enjoyed big league success. Jack McKeon, who guided the Marlins to the 2003 World Series, didn’t play in the Major Leagues either.

“He’s right,” Gonzalez said. “But I know how to play the game. I played six years in the Minor Leagues. I know what it takes to play this game. I know the effort to play this game. I know it’s hard to play this game.”

By his nature, Gonzalez stands up and defends his players. Rarely does he criticize them publicly. And pulling Ramirez out of the game was one of his toughest decisions since taking over the team in 2007.

There have been occasions where managers have pulled players off the field during an inning. Gonzalez clearly didn’t want to do that to Ramirez on Monday night.

“You guys have covered me know I’ve tried to do things the right way,” Gonzalez said. “Believe me, we’ve handled things behind closed doors. Usually, I like to do that. Most of the time. We’ve handled stuff behind closed doors that you guys don’t even know about.

“It’s hard to take a guy out, that’s embarrassing enough. To take a guy out in the middle of an inning? There has got to be some kind of history there.”

Before Ramirez returns to the lineup, Gonzalez wants his star shortstop to address his teammates.

Based on his immense talents, Ramirez has the ability to lead by his play. The Marlins want him to also lead by example.

“The caliber of player he is, he definitely needs to be the leader of this team. Physically. Mentally. Vocally. Everything,” Helms said. “For me, to be a leader of a team, you have to lead by example. If you just lead vocally, and don’t back it when you play the game, it won’t work.

“I’m not just saying you have to hit .300 or don’t make errors. It’s the way you play the game. The way you handle yourself. That right there is what a true leader is. He definitely has the play to back it, being a leader. You want him to lead by example. That’s what we’re looking for and hope he becomes.”

– Joe Frisaro


 

 

 

It’s our team. I’m just the guy who makes the lineup. It’s our team.

 

Marlins Friday lineup

Jorge Cantu is getting a breather on Friday night in Game 2 of a four-game set with the Mets.

The Marlins won 2-1 on Thursday night, and with a victory on Friday, they would even their record for the season.

 

 

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1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) Jose Reyes, SS

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Ike Davis, 1B

7) Jeff Francouer, RF

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) Oliver Perez, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, RF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Tuesday

After a day off on Monday, the Marlins are back in action to begin a three-game series with the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Chris Volstad will make the start while Houston is going with Brett Myers.

Marlins lineup:

1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Wes Helms, 3B

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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