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June 18, 2008

The Lineups -- Marlins/Mariners (Wednesday)

Tonight's lineups:

Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 1B Jorge Cantu, DH Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, 3B Wes Helms, CF Cody Ross, C Mike Rabelo (pitching: Ryan Tucker)

Mariners: RF Ichiro Suzuki, DH Jose Vidro, 2B Jose Lopez, LF Raul Ibanez, 3B Adrian Beltre, C Jeff Clement, 1B Richie Sexson, CF Jeremy Reed, SS Yunieskyu Betancourt (pitching: R.A. Dickey)

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Marlins on Radio Tonight -- CHANGE

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Marlins/Mariners game tonight (Wednesday) will be broadcoast on MAJIC 102.7 FM due to a lightning strike affecting transmission from Marlins flagship station 790 AM The Ticket. The network Lightning_2 stations on the Florida Marlins Radio Network will not be affected. The Marlins pre-game show starting at 9:40 p.m. EST will also be on MAJIC 102.7 with first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m.

June 17, 2008

A Pain in the Rump

          Marlins reliever Justin Miller tells Inked magazine that teammate Scott Olsen asked to have his police mug shot tattooed to Miller's -- uh -- behind. But Miller refused to go along, saying he didn't think his wife would care for the idea.

         "I'm not going for that one," said Miller, who has tattoos covering much of his body and is profiled in the current issue of Inked, which hit newsstands on Tuesday.

         Miller already has "I Heart Billy Koch" tattooed to one of his "cheeks" -- payoff for a wager the two pitchers made when both were with the Toronto Blue Jays. But Miller drew the line with Olsen, who was arrested last summer on a DUI charge.

         

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The Lineups -- Marlins/Mariners

We're stilling waiting for the Mariners to post their lineup. In the meantime, tonight's Marlins:

Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 1B Jorge Cantu, DH Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, 3B Wes Helms, C Matt Treanor, CF Alfredo Amezaga (and pitching: Scott Olsen)

Mariners: RF Ichiro Suzuki, 2B Jose Lopez, DH Jose Vidro, 3B Adrian Beltre, LF Raul Ibanez, 1B Richie Sexson, C Kenji Johjima, CF Willie Bloomquist, SS Yuniesky Betancourt (pitching: Felix Hernandez).

June 16, 2008

Buzzing in Seattle + Marlins/Mariners Lineups

      

       SEATTLE -- So much for my pledge to give up caffeine. You can't avoid it here. A Starbucks on virtually every other corner. Espresso running off the side of snow-capped Mount Ranier. Latte puddles up and down the sidewalks.

     Space_needle_night   The Marlins shouldn't be needing much of a wake-up jolt to get the adrenalin flowing. Their charter flight from Tampa touched down about 10 p.m., though it's often said that jet lag in the majors is more pronounced with players the second day of a game of a cross-country road series, not the first.

       Lots happening here on the sports front. The Mariners fired their general manager, Bill Bavasi, earlier this afternoon. And the city is in court today, trying to prevent the NBA Seattle SuperSonics from moving to Oklahoma City.

       Here are tonight's lineups:

        Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 1B Jorge Cantu, DH Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, 3B Wes Helms, CF Cody Ross, C Matt Treanor. (On the mound for Florida: Andrew Miller).

       Mariners: RF Ichiro Suzuki, 2B Jose Lopez, DH Jose Vidro, 3B Adrian Beltre, LF Raul Ibanez, 1B Richie Sexson, C Kenji Johjima, CF Willie Bloomquist, SS Yuniesky Betancourt. (On the mound for Seattle: Carlos Silva)

       

June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Ray

AndyandopieST. PETERSBURG -- It's Father's Day in St. Pete, the Marlins trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the host Devil Rays.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has tinkered with the lineup just a touch. After getting just three hits on Saturday -- and scoring a grand total of four runs in the past three games -- the Fish need to get something going. Wes Helms getting in today, Mike Rabelo too.

Not much news today, other than Josh Johnson will get another rehab start Friday for the Jupiter Hammerheads. Jupiter will play the West Palm Cardinals that night. Good opportunity for a road trip to the 561 if you ask me.

Will have more stuff as we go along today, but first, the lineups.

FLORIDA (36-32, 4 games back NL East): Hanley Ramirez SS; Jeremy Hermida RF; Jorge Cantu 1B; Mike Jacobs DH; Dan Uggla 2B; Luis Gonzalez LF; Wes Helms 3B; Cody Ross CF; Mike Rabelo C. Pitching today, RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-4, 4.63).

TAMPA BAY (40-28, 1.5 back in AL East): Akinori Iwamura 2B; Willy Aybar 1B; B.J. Upton CF; Eric Hinske LF; Evan Longoria 3B; Cliff Floyd DH; Dioner Navarro C; Gabe Gross RF; Jason Bartlett SS. Pitching today, Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.06).

-- All you need is Helms: Well, the Marlins offense got a kick in the pants today, Wes Helms slugging his fourth homer of the season, bringing home Dan Uggla and Luis Gonzalez. We're in the second, Fish lead 3-0....

June 14, 2008

Baseball Night in St. Pete -- LIVE!

TropicanaST. PETERSBURG -- George Richards here again, for Game 2 of the Citrus Series between the Marlins and the homestanding Devil Rays.

It's Latin Festival night here at the Dome, with flags from numerous Latin countries hanging around the ballpark. It's a nice touch. Playing some good music, too. Shame this one isn't on TV tonight. Because of that, I'll be doing live updates throughout the night right here on this post. Exciting, I know.

Anyway, not much going on today. Former Heat and current Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy is here with his dad, father in-law and a couple of his assistant coaches. He's been on the field for a while now, shooting the bull with buddy Fredi Gonzalez and other members of the Marlins and Rays. Fredi's parents are also here, making the run up from Miami. A fun Father's Day Weekend for all.

So, without further ado, here are tonight's lineups. Game updates once we get underway here sometime around 6.

FLORIDA (36-31, 4 games back in NL East): Hanley Ramirez DH; Jeremy Hermida RF; Jorge Cantu 3B; Mike Jacobs 1B; Dan Uggla 2B; Luis Gonzalez LF: Cody Ross CF; Alfredo Amezaga SS; Matt Treanor C; Pitching tonight, Mark Hendrickson (7-4, 5.76).

TAMPA BAY (39-28, 1.5 back in AL East): Akinori Iwamura 2B; Justin Ruggiano LF; Dioner Navarro C; B.J. Upton CF; Evan Longoria 3B; Willy Aybar 1B; Jonny Gomes DH; Gabe Gross RF; Jason Bartlett SS. Pitching tonight, Matt Garza (4-3, 4.38).

LIVE BASEBALL -- LIVE BASEBALL

-- Just had a parade of some nice bikes from the Latin American Motorcycle Association, now we have the Rays cheerleader people in the back of a Chevy truck throwing out t-shirts with the mascot riding around on an ATV. Like a circus around here. Anyway, it's 5:54, and the flags are about to come out. Will be playing beisbol here pretty soon.

Luis Tiant throws out first pitch. Very cool. A strike.

T1: Good crowd here at the Trop, everyone getting an annoying tamborine-type noisemaker when they walked into the door. Anywho, Hanley grounds out to short to start things off, Hermida strikes out as does Cantu. We're done with this one!

B1: Hendrickson strikes out Iwamura to start things off, but Ruggiano rips one off the wall in right just over Hermida's head for a one-out double. Two outs now, Nick Navarro popping up to Treanor; Upton walks, Longoria grounds out to third. No damage. Still scoreless....

T2: Mike Jacobs grounds out to short after getting new life with a pop-up to the foul side of left field. Ruggiano raced over and had the ball in his glove but lost it when he dove into the seats Uggla-style. Speaking of Uggla, he just grounded out for out No. 2. Gonzo grounds out as we head to the bottom of the second...

B2: With one gone, Jonny Gomes takes Hendrickson deep; Up-up-and-away! a Rays homer...it's 1-0...came on the first pitch he saw since his suspension...That's all TBay gets tho...we're going to the third. TB 1, FLA 0.

T3: With two down, the Fish get a baserunner, Treanor breaking up the no-no (I know, it's only the third) by dropping one into right....Hanley grounds out...that's that...TB 1, FLA 0

B3: Uno, dos, tres for Hendrickson....we head to the fourth...

-- Hello Paolo...have to say I'm rooting for Colombia tonight...nothing personal...but my girlfriend would hit me if I rooted against them...

T4: Good start for the Fish; Hermida doubles into left-center to lead things off...Hermida moves to third on Cantu grounder, then scores on Jacobs' sac fly to center...Marlins tie things up @ 1...Uggla on after getting hit by a pitch...now its Gonzo singling up the middle; two on, two gone...Cody Ross almost decapitated by Garza...good golly!....anyway, no harm, no foul...Ross grounds out to second to end it...FLA 1, TB 1.

B4: Upton opens with a single up the middle, then steals second. Thief. With no outs, Longoria strikes out, then Aybar walks. So one out, two on...Gomes up...long AB, but Gomes strikes out looking...during that AB, Upton and Aybar steal second and third (respectively)...Waechter warming up....Gross walks, bases are juiced (hey, a Jose Canseco reference!)....Tied no more...Bartlett singles up middle, two come home...Rays now lead 3-1...Iko-Iko broken bat groundout to Uggla...inning is over...TB 3, FLA 1

T5: 1-2-3...

B5: Hendrickson still in, gets Rays 1-2-3...

T6: 1 out, Cantu fouls one into the press box...should have brought my glove...then he strikes out...Jacobs flies out...Waechter coming in...

B6: 1-2-3 for Waechter...

T7: With one out, Gonzo walks, moves to second on Ross' grounder...Amezaga battles (Garza still in there) but ends it by popping up behind first...time to stretch, Fishies still down 3-1...

WILLINGHAM UPDATE -- GOES 1 FOR 3 WITH A DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE-A CAROLINA TONIGHT...

B7: Walk and a hit-by-pitch and TB has runners on with no outs...top of the TB lineup coming as well...Iko-Iko draws a walk, bases loaded and no one out...speaking of that, the Marlins bullpen is active...

Rays push one across, Ruggiano hitting into 4-6-3...so now two outs, runner at third...TB 4, FLA 1 -- Navarro walks, runners at 1-3; Justin Miller coming on to pitch...Upton flies out to right...we're done here...Wheeler to replace Garza when we return...RAYS 4, FLA 1

JOSH JOHNSON UPDATE: PITCHED 5 INNINGS FOR SINGLE A GREENSBORO -- GIVES UP 8 HITS, 2 RUNS, STRIKES OUT 7 AND WALKS NO ONE..

T8: Fish go quietly 1-2-3...three outs left...

B8: Miller strikes out two, runner at first with two outs...here comes Pinto to face Gabe Gross...Pinto gets a K, going to the ninth...

T9: Cantu pops up and hits a catwalk; it's a dead ball....

Marlins go 1-2-3 in ninth, it's all over...Fish lose 4-1, get just three hits...

See everyone tomorrow..

June 13, 2008

Sunshine State SkySeries?

Stpete ST. PETERSBURG -- George Richards here getting ready to watch the Marlins take on Tampa Bay's Devil Rays (I know, I know) tonight from the Thunderdome on Florida's west coast.

Finally, these two teams meet up and there is some interest from outside Florida (or even these two metropolitan areas).

Yes, even Sports Illustrated is here to take in the Sunshine State Series -- or whatever the heck you want to call it.

Little bit of news to get to (the Panthers hired a new head coach BTW) but first the lineups. Will be back with some of the other stuff as we go on. As the Herald's hockey writer, the Panthers making such a big move has made today just a little more hectic.

Please be patient. Thanks.

And now, your lineups:

FLORIDA: Hanley Ramirez SS; Jeremy Hermida RF; Jorge Cantu 3B; Mike Jacobs 1B; Dan Uggla 2B; Luis Gonzalez DH; Cody Ross LF; Alfredo Amezaga CF; Matt Treanor C; Pitching tonight, Ryan Tucker (1-0, 1.80)

TAMPA BAY: Akinori Iwamura 2B; Dioner 'Nick' Navarro C; B.J. Upton CF; Eric Hinske LF; Evan Longoria 3B; Willy Aybar 1B; Cliff Floyd DH; Gabe Gross RF; Jason Bartlett SS. Pitching tonight, Andy Sonnanstine (6-3, 4.88).

-- Josh Willingham is set to begin his Double-A rehab assignment tonight with the Carolina Mudcats (great name). He's going to be playing in left field, getting in at least three at-bats as he tries to work his way back into the Marlins' lineup. Fredi Gonzalez says Hammer can't DH during Greensboro's upcoming games, so he'll likely get a day off the field on Monday.

-- Josh Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, pitches again tonight for Single-A Greensboro. He went five innings in his last start on Monday (one run, five hits) in an extended spring game up in Jupiter. JJ has a 70-75 pitch limit in this game with the Grasshoppers.

-- Sergio Mitre continues his rehab, threw 30 pitches off a mound today.

-- Luis Gonzalez the DH tonight against the D-Rays, Fredi Gonzalez says former D-Ray Jorge Cantu may get that slot on Saturday, with Hanley Ramirez and Mike Jacobs also seeing time during this nine-game American League swing.

-- It's thundering and raining here at the ballpark. But they have a roof on the building, which works out nice tonight. PLAY BALL

-- The Rays are without a couple of players, serving suspensions for that fun-loving brawl in Boston on June 5. The Bad Rays: RHP James Shields (6 games), OF Carl Crawford (starts tonight, out 4 games). RHP Edwin Jackson (5 games) starts his sit-down on June 16, with Iwamura taking three games off starting on the 18th.

-- FYI: Quite a few Marlins fans in the house tonight, sure most of whom made the quick jaunt up I-75 sometime today. Either that, or they live here in the Tampa Bay area. Whatever. Sure the Rays are glad they are here.

-- Also, no television for tomorrow's 6:10 start; will be here with a live blog for those who like their baseball, well, blogged.

-- For you Super Saturday fans, the Marlins announced their concert series for the second half of the season. Think the Bangles might be a decent show. Anywho: July 19 -- Jerry Rivera; August 2 -- The Bangles; August 16 -- Jaci Velasquez; August 30 -- Olga Tañon; September 13 -- Victor Manuelle and Albita; September 20 -- Lou Gramm of Foreigner (with a few decent solo hits) fame.

June 12, 2008

Uggla's Day Off - Phillies/Marlins Game 3

The Marlins are going for the sweep tonight and looking to move just one game behind the first place Phillies in the NL East.

Here are tonight's lineups:

PHI: Rollins-SS, Victorino-CF, Utley-2B, Howard-1B, Burrell-LF, Werth-RF, Feliz-3B, Ruiz-C, Moyer-P.

FLA: Ramirez-SS, Hermida-RF, Cantu-3B, Jacobs-1B, Ross-CF, Gonzalez-LF, Treanor-C, Amezaga-2B, Olsen-P.

UGGLA'S DAY OFF

Ferris Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he talked to Dan Uggla about a week ago for a scheduled day off against Phillies starter Jamie Moyer. Uggla, who blasted a game-winning grand slam last night, is hitting .095 in his career against Moyer. Uggla is 2 for 21 with 10 strikeouts against Moyer. Gonzalez said Uggla is available to pinch-hit.

Alfredo Amezaga, who hasn't exactly fared much better against Moyer, starts for Uggla. Amezaga is hitting .182 (2 for 11) against Moyer.

SULTANS OF SWAT

   With the three home runs they hit on Wednesday night against the Phillies, the Marlins surpassed the Uggla_2 100 home run mark faster than any other Marlins team in franchise history.

  Florida reached the 100 home run mark in 65 games – a new team record. The previous Marlins record was 100 home runs in 88 games last season.

  Jorge Cantu’s solo home run off Cole Hamels on Wednesday gave the Marlins 100 home runs on the season. Florida now has 101 home runs this season after Uggla’s grand slam to win Wednesday’s game.

June 11, 2008

Phillies/Marlins Game 2

The Marlins will try to reduce the Phillies' lead in the NL East to 2 games with a win tonight.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

PHI-Rollins, SS; Victorino, CF; Utley, 2B; Howard, 1B; Burrell, LF; Werth, RF; Feliz, 3B; Ruiz, C; Hamels, P.

FLA-Ramirez, SS; Hermida, RF; Cantu, 1B; Helms, 3B; Uggla, 2B; Gonzalez, LF; Ross, CF; Treanor, C; A. Miller, P.

CANTU BREAKS OUT ANOTHER GLOVE

Cantoo First Jorge Cantu will need this kind of glove when he makes his first career start at first base tonight. Cantu, who has a 1st base, 3rd base and 2nd base glove in his locker, has played 1st base in the late innings of 5 games this season. He played 1st base in 21 games for the Rays and Reds last season.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted to get Wes Helms, who is 4 for 9 against Cole Hamels, into the lineup. Helms will start at 3rd base.

WILLINGHAM TO BE A MUDCAT

Josh Willingham went 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts in an extended spring training game in Will Mud Jupiter earlier today. Gonzalez said Willingham will travel to play for the Marlins Double A team, the Carolina Mudcats for the next 7 to 9 games. Willingham will play left field and DH in Carolina.

Willingham is expected back before the All-Star break on July 14.