ATLANTA -- The Marlins opened their 3-game set against the Braves last night with a victory, and that's saying something. Over the years, the Marlins have fared abysmally in Atlanta, going 43-82 in the Braves' unfriendly confines.
They've never swept a 3-game series in Atlanta and, in their 21 series numbering three games, they've won the opener just five times.
Atlanta isn't the only city where the Marlins have performed poorly. They've never swept a 3-game series in Arizona, Houston or Los Angeles, either. But they typically make only one trip a year to those places.
Jorge Cantu is back in the lineup. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said closer Matt Lindstrom would not be available tonight even though he needed only nine pitches to dispense of the Braves in the ninth last night. Gonzalez said he still wants to wait another week, at least, before allowing Lindstrom to go on back-to-back nights.
Andrew Miller, who is on the mound for the Marlins, will be permitted to throw anywhere from 85 to 100 pitches, assuming he's successful enough to make it that far.
All of the Marlins will be wearing uniform No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. John Baker, c; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Andrew Miller, p.
Braves: 1. Kelly Johnson, 2b; 2. Omar Infante, 3b; 3. Yunel Escobar, ss; 4. Brian McCann, c; 5. Matt Diaz, lf; 6. Jeff Francoeur, rf; 7. Casey Kotchman, 1b; 8. Jordan Schafer, cf; 9. Derek Lowe, p.