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Sandy Rosario Realizes His Dream the Hard Way


             MILWAUKEE -- It happened so quickly that Sandy Rosario hardly knew what hit him. But when the rookie pitcher for the Marlins made his major league debut in Thursday's seventh inning at Miller Park, the first pitch he threw was clobbered for a home run by Rickie Weeks. Two pitches later, Prince Fielder went deep, as well.

              By the time Rosario could count to three, he had given up two home runs. Still, Rosario, 24, said he wouldn't take back the experience even though he wished it would have turned out better. In addition to the back-to-back homers, Rosario gave up hits to the first five batters he faced and gave up three runs in his first inning of work.

              "I was living a dream," Rosario said. "That's what I worked hard for all my life, to pitch in the majors. I felt good."

             Rosario, who was recently called up from Double A Jacksonville, said he was surprised that the Brewers came out swinging when he took the mound. Being unfamiliar, he figured they would take a pitch or two. But Weeks and Fielder did nothing of the sort.

             "I was attacking the strike zone," Rosario said. "And if I had to do it over, I'd do it again."

             Still, Rosario was left shaking his head when Weeks swung at the first pitch and went deep.

             "I thought, damn, the first pitch," Rosario said. "I thought they were going to take a few pitches."

             Pitching coach Randy St. Claire walked out to the mound to calm Rosario during the rocky beginning. His words of advice: "The sun will come up in the morning," Rosario said St. Clarie told him.

             INJURY UPDATES -- Lefty reliever Will Ohman, who has not pitched since Sept. 12 due to a sore elbow, said it was possible he could be available as early as Sunday. Without Ohman, the Marlins don't have a lefty in their bullpen....Emilio Bonifacio (hamstring) could be available to pinch-run or enter as a defensive placement tonight.

              MILESTONES -- Dan Uggla is one RBI shy of 100. He would become the 11th player in Marlins history to reach the century mark.....By reaching base tonight by base hit, walk or hit batsman, rookie Logan Morrison would extend his streak of reaching base to 43 consecutive games -- the longest in the majors this season. The Yankees' Mark Teixeira also had a 42-game streak of reaching base. Luis Castillo holds the Marlins record -- 46 games -- set in 2002. Kevin Millar had a 43-game streak for the Marlins, also in '02....The Marlins have used the most rookies (20) of any team in the majors this season. Next on the list: the Cubs (18), followed by the Mets (17).


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

              Brewers: 1. Rickie Weeks, 2b; 2. Corey Hart, rf; 3. Ryan Braun, lf; 4. Prince Fielder, 1b; 5. Casey McGehee, 3b; 6. Lorenzo Cain, cf; 7. Jonathan Lucroy, c; 8. Luis Cruz, ss; 9. Mark Rogers, p.

              Umpires: HP -- Scott Barry; 1B -- Jerry Meals; 2B -- Dale Scott; 3B -- Dan Iassogna.