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According to, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long were at Sunday’s Marlins game against the Yankees at Land Shark Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

Volstad all evened out

Talk about seeing double.

Entering Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees, Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad was virtually identical in his performances at home and on the road. Not that all the numbers were pretty, but they were strangely coincidental.

Place Volstad’s home/road splits side by side and this is what you saw:

* Home ERA: 4.75; Road ERA: 4.75.

* Home Innings pitched: 41 2/3: Road IP: 41 2/3.

* Home earned runs: 22; Road ER: 22.

* Home home runs allowed: 7; Road HR: 7.

* Home WHIP: 1.30; Road WHIP: 1.30.

Not everything was perfectly lined up, as Volstad had a 2-4 record at home, compared to 2-3 on the road.

Taking the mound on Sunday, something had to give, and it did. Volstad tossed six innings, allowing three runs and collecting the win.

So now, his home ERA is 4.72, while his innings pitched are 47 2/3, earned runs are 25, and WHIP (walks-hits per innings pitched) is 1.26.

At 6-foot-7, Volstad is a sinkerball pitcher, who tries to use his leverage to throw downhill. When he’s at his best, he’s getting a lot of ground balls.

“I’m getting back to that two-seamer, I was throwing it a lot,” Volstad said of his sinker. “If I can get back to that two-seam, they should just roll over it. I got plenty of ground balls off that.”

— Joe Frisaro



Big weekend with Yankees

Big crowds are expected all weekend at Land Shark Stadium.

The Yankees are coming to town, and predictably, large crowds will follow. The Marlins open their three-game set with New York on Friday night.

The Interleague series will last through Sunday. Those planning on attending are encouraged to get their early.

The Marlins are anticipating 35,000 on Friday, 45,000 on Saturday and 30,000 on Sunday.

Florida enters the series ranked last in the Major Leagues in home attendance at 16,918 through 33 games.

The pitching matchup for Friday is Sean West vs. Andy Pettitte. On Saturday, Josh Johnson will take the mound against former Marlin, A.J. Burnett. And on Sunday, Chris Volstad will goes for Florida against CC Sabathia.

Tickets are available at Even though attendance is expected to be high, in the 65,000-seat stadium, those walking up on game days shouldn’t be shut out. 

— Joe Frisaro

Coghlan big fan of Utley

Facing the Phillies has provided Chris Coghlan with the opportunity to see first-hand one of his most admired players — Chase Utley.

“I don’t know him at all, but I really respect the guy for the way he plays the game and the level that he plays it at,” Coghlan said.

Coghlan, 23, was a second baseman and third baseman in the Minor Leagues before he was called up in early May to play left field.

Coghlan, like Utley, hits left-handed. And Coghlan hopes to be talked about as someone people respect for the intensity level in which he plays the game.

“I always think of Utley as a great player. He can do everything,” Coghlan said. “Steals. Plays good defense. Obviously, his offense out-shines everything else. But I just respect him, and I just call him a gamer.

“If anyone ever says that about me, it’s the ultimate compliment.”

Coghlan puts Utley in the class of Yankees great Derek Jeter.

“Jeter is still the same way, and people say the same thing about him,” Coghlan said. “He still is a great player and a winner. Utley, in the last four years, people are starting to talk about him that way. I think that’s the ultimate compliment.”

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins inside the numbers

Courtesy of the Marlins PR department, here’s some interesting facts about the 9-1 start.

At 9-1, Florida has the best start in franchise history through 10 games.

The 1997 Marlins were 8-2. The franchise’s best record thru 11 games was 8-3 (1997, 2004).

The 9-1 start is the Majors’ best start through 10 games since the Yankees and Royals each started 9-1 in 2003. The Yankees lost their 11th game, while the Royals improved to 11-1 before losing their second game.

The Marlins won four-straight to open the season, a franchise-best winning streak to open a season. The current five-game win streak is the team’s longest since winning nine straight Sept. 9-19, 2008. The team has won 12 of their last 14 games, including 10 of the last 11, dating back to last season.

— 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

Marlins make roster moves

As noted in the earlier blog item, Zach Kroenke wasn’t expected to make the team. And on Monday, the Marlins returned the lefty to Yankees.

A Rule 5 claim in December, Kroenke now heads back to New York. The cost to bring him in a few months is $25,000. It would have been $50,000 had he made the Marlins.

In other moves made on Monday, right-hander Dallas Trahern was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Right-hander Chris Leroux was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Lefty Aaron Thompson was reassigned to Minor League camp.

— Joe Frisaro

Weighing decision on Kroenke

The Marlins are weighing what to do with lefty Zach Kroenke. A Rule 5 pick from the Yankees system in December, Kroenke has to make the club or be offered back to New York.

Indications are he won’t make Florida’s Opening Day roster. But that doesn’t automatically mean he can’t remain in Florida’s system.

Some options the Marlins have are: They can place the left-handed reliever on waivers and see if someone claims him. If a team does, though, Kroenke would have to make their club, or be offered back to New York.

Another scenario, Kroenke could be offered back to New York, but the Yankees could say they don’t want him. In that case, Kroenke could remain with the Marlins and be optioned to the Minor Leagues.

In two Grapefruit League appearances, he has one total inning, allowing seven runs while walking four and allowing four hits.

Rule 5 claims who make the team that draft him cost $50,000. Those who don’t and return to their original club cost the drafting club $25,000.

— Joe Frisaro