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Marlins Appealing Suspensions, Nyjer Morgan Responds


              Chris Volstad, Alex Sanabia and Gaby Sanchez are appealing their suspensions stemming from Wednesday's brawl with the Nationals. Manager Edwin Rodriguez will serve his one-game suspension tonight, with bench coach Brandon Hyde handling the managing duties when the Marlins open a three-game series against the Braves.

              The appeals will effectively delay the suspensions and help the Marlins make it through a busy stretch of seven games in six days due to Monday's doubleheader in Philadelphia. But with Ricky Nolasco and Sean West both out with injuries, they'll still have to find someone to start one of the two doubleheader games. (Anibal Sanchez will start one of the two in Philly).

               The suspensions caught no one by surprise, with the possible exception of Sanabia. He said that during the melee, he became entangled with Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, which resulted in a five-game suspension. Volstad received six days. Gaby Sanchez was hit with three.Minnie

               "He threw me like a rag doll," Sanabia said of Dunn. "He just grabbed me."

             The Nationals' Nyjer Morgan was hit with a eight-game suspension that will be added to a seven-game suspension that he is currently appealing. The Marlins were upset not so much by his steal of second and third bases as they were with his actions. Even though the Nationals were trailing 14-4 at the time, Morgan looked into the Marlins dugout and thumped his chest after stealing the two bases and scoring on a sacrifice fly.

             Here's what Morgan told reporters tonight in Pittsburgh:

             "I don't think I did anything wrong. I was just playing the game hard. People are blowing it way out of proportion. I guess we're supposed to lay down in the fourth inning. That's not going to happen. If they really thought the game was out of reach for us, they would've moved the first baseman back and I wouldn't I was just trying to show the organization and our fans, Nats Nation, that even though we were getting it handed to us, we weren't quitting. I don't roll over for anybody. have run....I understand why I got thrown at the first time, which was understandable, but don't throw at me again. I won't stand for that. I had to go out there.  I don't see why I'm the bad guy in this situation. One play was a hard play. I took out the catcher in a nice, clean fashion."

            And this from Nats manager Jim Riggleman:

            "We were down 11 runs. My feeling about it is, when I'm way up or way down in a ballgame, I don't run. I never have any issues when somebody else runs. I just choose not to run on those situations. However, when a player gets hit and he decides, OK, you hit me, you're going to pay the price for hitting me and I'm going to run,' the result of that is that they threw at him again. If we had to do it all over again, we may not run there."

                       Here are some interesting notes provided by Trent McCotter, vice chairman of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Records Committee:

                Until Wednesday, only player since 2000 had stolen so much as one base with his team either up or down 10 or more runs. That was Clint Barmes of the Colorado Rockies in 2008. The record for the largest run differential in which a player swiped a base belongs to Minnie Minoso, who stole second in a 1955 game with his team ahead 28-6. And talk about disrespect: Orlando Cepeda once stole HOME with his team leading 17-3 in a 1962 game.

                MARLINS PROMOTE TWO....The Marlins called up outfielder Scott Cousins and pitcher Chris Leroux from Triple A New Orleans. Rodriguez said that with Donnie Murphy out for the season with a dislocated wrist, Emilio Bonifacio would become the primary backup infielder while Cousins would serve as the Marlins' fourth outfielder. Cousins was in New York the day before the Marlins opened the season against the Mets but was sent down when it was determined that Cody Ross would be okay to play.

                 LINEUP vs. Braves: 1. Cameron Maybin, cf; 2. Logan Morrison, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Chad Tracy, 3b; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Brad Davis, c; 9. Andrew Miller, p.