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Leo Nunez Gets the Green Light


             ST. PETERSBURG -- Leo Nunez is now able to pitch. He's just not ready to close. Not initially.

             Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said Nunez, who hasn't pitched since Tuesday due to a sore right ankle, will be available tonight. But Gonzalez said he doesn't want to hand the 9th inning role over to Nunez until he shows the ankle isn't a factor.

             "I'm not going to put a guy out there who we don't know how he's going to react in a game to close out a game," Gonzalez said. "It's hard for me to say 'You're healthy,' and then throw him out there. So if we're going to use him, we're going to use him early on in a game and back him up with Dan Meyer, or somebody else."

             Once Nunez shows the ankle is no longer a concern, Gonzalez said he would give him an opportunity to close. But Gonzalez also said that, with Matt Lindstrom on the disabled list until late July, he doesn't have a definitive closer.

             "I said he (Nunez) would get an opportunity," Gonzalez said. "When he shows he's healthy, and he's ready to go and when Meyer can't go. We could go back and forth (between Nunez and Meyer)."

            Lineups:

            Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, DH; 5. Ross Gload, 1b; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Brett Carroll, rf. ON THE MOUND: RHP Chris Volstad

            Rays: 1. B.J. Upton, cf; 2. Carl Crawford, lf; 3. Evan Longoria, 3b; 4. Carlos Pena, 1b: 5. Ben Zobrist, 2b; 6. Pat Burrell, dh; 7. Jason Bartlett, ss; 8. Gabe Gross, rf; 9. Michael Hernandez, c; ON THE MOUND: Scott Kazmir.

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Paolo

The name of the game is, how can Fredi Gonzalez blow this one tonight like he did last night?

michael

really paolo? fredi blew it? it wasnt uggla having a horrible game, or baker having a horrible game, or sanchez not getting the job done, or pinto getting the job done? it was fredi, the guy that isnt even playing

Paolo

Listen, I believe in giving credit where credit is due -- But, I don't think the Rays did much of anything to win last nights game. Like JJ for us, Shields was not on his game last night. Also, none of our guys did much of anything as you mentioned. But, with who the starting pitchers were you should have expected a low-scoring game and that is exactly what it was before Fredi started with his bullpen parade. This is why I blame Fredi for last nights loss and many losses throughout his time here... these are just facts buddy. One last thing I forgot to mention on Pinto, we all know he is the kind of pitcher that can get guys out from either side of the plate, but Fredi should know that he is not the kind of guy, nor that we have many guys in the pen that can pitch multiple innings. when you send Pinto out there for multiple innings you are asking for trouble with him being so wild.

michael

he had pitched to 1 batter the inning before dipshit. so you blame it on fredi because the bullpen couldnt get the job done? i love how you blame fredi when he takes guys out to early, but its also his fault when he leaves guys in to long. just face facts and see that he will never win with you because you will find a way to blame him for every loss. go away idiot.

Paolo

Not going away buddy, as a true Marlins fan, I will stick around through the good and the bad. Anyone who feels such about this team has got to be tired of seeing this out of Fredi on a nightly basis that is the whole point. Whether there are times he leaves guys in too long or not long enough is debateable really because anything can happen regardless of the circumstances. The point I am trying to make is that Fredi has got to improve on his decision making skills. Again, this game is unpredictable but he needs to put us in a position to have our opponents adjust to what we do not the other way around. My problem with Fredi is he has lacked the ability to do that in his short career and shown little to no improvement on it. Not going away as I said, just because you dont agree and probably having something with Fredi doesnt mean I have to go away.. there are few who agree with me but those people do exist. people like you are just worthless because you know and care nothing of this team just your follow balsero.

michael

i know and care nothing about this team? god you are wrong, i know basically everything about this team. and my fellow balsero? first off, wtf is a balsero, im not cuban. and second off, why are you so damn racist?

like you said "anything can happen regardless of the circumstances", he does a fine job most of the time, yet anytime somebody in the bullpen blows a lead, it has to be his fault according to you. Why cant you just realize that baseball wont be how you like it everytime, and that pitchers will let in runs sometimes, no matter what the manager does. the manager doesnt play the games.

Paolo

I know this game involves a pick your poison approach but he has got to learn from his mistakes avoidable or not... and he has not done that to the extent that is necessary. our success is little to no thanks to him and you know it.. and of discussion go marlins

michael

so you are saying our sucess is not due to him but our failure is? please, he only has so many bullpen options and most of the guys down there are good arms, he has to keep going back to them, because if he doesnt you yell at him for using one guy to much or blah blah blah. you just are a racist pig who blames everything on the guy who doesnt play

Paolo

Its the big leagues buddy -- no excuses... if you cant find a way to be successful despite all this then you dont belong in the league. this game and all sports and life in general is full of adversity... the team to overcome it best is the one who usually comes out on top

Paolo

See, this one is not to blame on Fredi. Volstad simply didn't have his A-game tonight. We didn't hit much, and when we did... we didn't do much except for generate some runs early in the game playing small ball. back to 500-ball and falling behind in the division and wild-card. we have to salavage one game tomrrow heading into the off-day before facing the lowly Nats

michael

we should have won both of these games but the bullpen and clutch hitting has faltered both times, nothing fredi can do, beinfest needs to make a move

Paolo

Yeah, Beinfest and Loria need to make a move - Fire Fredi and then worry about the rest of the team.

michael

so firing fredi will improve the timely hitting? will it improve the fielding? will it get us a closer? stfu already, get over your hate for fredi, none of this is his fault, he is doing a good job

paolo

He is doing a fair job, he could be doing a little bit better in spite of the payroll, this that and the other is no longer any excuse anymore. Fredi, can't directly improve the hitting, field or the other issues we have but he can certainly do something about it -- the problem is, it is not apart of his personality nor does he have the balls to speak up and address these issues because he is just simply not good enough and not right for the job.

michael

if he can do something about it, then what is it? can he wave a magic wand and turn uggla, or anybody else for that matter, into a clutch hitter.

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