Hanley Ramirez’s thumb is still bothering him and Fredi Gonzalez sent out a lineup against Randy Johnson without Ramirez, who bruised his right thumb when the ball hit his thumb Wednesday as he slid into second base against the Giants.
Ramirez did take some swings in the indoor batting cage Friday in Arizona, but apparently didn’t feel good enough to play. Gonzalez can still use him as a pinch-runner.
Of course, tonight is a matchup of the last two pitchers in the NL to throw no-hitters, and Anibal Sanchez’ no-hitter was against Arizona.
Fredi is starting Jorge Cantu at first base and giving lefty Mike Jacobs the night off against Johnson. That means Wes Helms gets the start at third base. Helms has struck out 13 times in 20 at-bats against the Big Unit. Helms does have four hits in those 20 at-bats (.200).
Lo Duca, who is the Marlins’ only prototypical No. 2 hitter, is in the No. 2 spot behind Alfredo Amezaga, who starts in Hanley’s shortstop spot and takes over the leadoff spot in the lineup.
Lo Duca is a career .317 hitter (19 for 60) against Johnson with two homers and 13 RBI.
Here’s the lineup:
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