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Marlins/Rockies Pregame


Here are a few tidbits to get things going for the road trip finale:

-- Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Nate Robertson will start Wednesday against the San Diego Padres on three days' rest. The reason: Robertson wasn't extended in Saturday's start, one in which he was lifted after four innings and 85 pitches.

-- Cameron Maybin should be back in the starting lineup on Monday when the Marlins open their nine-game homestand. Maybin is out today with a light headache, the result of his collision with Gaby Sanchez in Saturday's first game. "We may never see that play again," Gonzalez said of the double play. "It's just a freak play. You can't blame anybody."

-- With two off days scheduled within the upcoming eight, Gonzalez said he could play around with the rotation. "We could do some stuff," Gonzalez said. "It all depends on who you want to bump."

-- Gonzalez said reliever Brian Sanches will likely be activated from the disabled list on Monday. "There's no reason why he needs to show anymore (with more rehab work)," Gonzalez said. The Marlins will have to make a roster move to create room for Sanches.

-- Due to the chilly weather, closer Leo Nunez told catcher Ronny Paulino he couldn't feel the stitches on the baseball when he pitched Saturday. Didn't matter. Nunez closed out the win in game one of the doubleheader for is fourth save. Nunez hasn't given up a run in eight relief outings this season, by the way.

-- Mike Lamb was glad to remove the zero from his stat line, the one below hits, with his infield single in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Lamb had gone hitless in his first 10 at bats. "I wished it could have been off the wall, but beggars can't be choosers," Lamb said.

   -- Gonzalez, who watched the Rockies' tribute to Keli McGregor from the manager's office on the in-house feed, said he was so moved by the memorial service that he immediately called his wife and children. Gonzalez said he was particularly touched by McGregor's four children, each of whom spoke at the service. "I'm a 46-year-old man, and I don't know if I can stand up there and do what they did, talk about their dad like that," Gonzalez said.

   -- There's not a lot of separation in the National League East, where the distance from last to first is three games. "I expect that to be like that all year," Gonzalez said of the bunched standings. "I don't expect the Mets to have the injuries they did last year and the Nationals got better."

   

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