ST. PETERSBURG -- Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy just finished watching the Marlins take batting practice from behind the cage and walked away impressed with one 20-year-old in particular, Mike Stanton. Stanton launched one missile after another into the outfield seats at Tropicana Field.
"I was just telling Larry (Beinfest) and Fredi (Gonzalez), what amazes me is when other major league hitters stand around the cage and go, 'Oh my God,'" Van Gundy said. "When guys who can also hit the hell out of the ball go 'Oh my God, this is unbelieable,' that's what amazes me."
Van Gundy said Stanton is built like one of his Magic stars, Dwight Howard.
"He's built a lot like Dwight -- wide shoulders, small waist, obviously not as tall," Van Gundy said. "But tall enough."
MARLINS: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, DH; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Wes Helms, 3b; 9. Ronny Paulino, c. (Pitching: Anibal Sanchez)
RAYS: 1. John Jaso, c; 2. Carl Crawford, lf; 3. Evan Longoria, 3b; 4. Carlos Pena, 1b; 5. Ben Zobrist, rf; 6. B.J. Upton, cf; 7. Hank Blalock, DH; 8. Sean Rodriguez, 2b; 9. Reid Brignac, ss (Pitching James Shields).
UMPIRES -- HP, Jim Joyce; 1B, Jim Wolf; 2B, Darryl Cousins; 3B, Marvin Hudson.