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Coghlan's Catches

    PHILADELPHIA -- Quick show of hands. How many of you questioned the decision to move Chris Coghlan to center field? Be honest. I'll even put my hand up first. Now, after watching him play out there for a couple of weeks, what's your opinion?

    Coghlan added another spectacular catch to his highlight reel last night in Atlanta when, with the bases loaded and the score tied, he went airborne to rob Brooks Conrad in the sixth inning. That's at least four exceptional catches that I can think of, and we're only 12 games into the season.

     "I knew that he would be a good center fielder," said manager Edwin Rodriguez. "But, right now, I've been surprised with all the plays he's been making out there. I had confidence in him -- we had confidence in him -- that he would be able to handle the new position. But he's been taking that to the next level."

     Said Coghlan: "i've been fortunate so far. There's been plays at critical times that the ball's come to me. I feel good out there and I still have ways to improve."

    LEO NUNEZ: We spoke briefly with Leo Nunez in the clubhouse earlier, and the closer said he threw his slider to get Martin Prado to bounce into a game-ending ground ball last night. Prado's bat broke into pieces. But Rodriguez said Nunez isn't yet entirely comfortable with the slide. "I don't think he still has a lot of confidence in that pitch, but i think he's getting there," Rodriguez said. "I think he's still using ihs changeup more. and he's using that fastball as a show-off pitch just to make them think he's got that in his arsenal. But he really trusts that change-up, and I don't blame him. I also think he's concentating more on location of his pitches." Nunez has converted all four save opportunities so far.

   HANLEY RAMIREZ: Even though Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 3 with a pair of walks on Thursday against the Braves, Rodriguez said his shortstop has plenty of room to improve offensively. "He got three hits yesterday, but I don't tihnk he's still hitting the ball well," Rodriguez said. "it will help his confidence. but I think he's not even close to where he's going to be." One of the three hits was a swinging bunt.

    WEATHER: It'll be a chilly night at Citizens Bank Park but it's tomorrow's weather that everyone is watching carefully. Forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rain, with wet weather lingering through the night on Saturday.

    LINEUPS:

    Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Mike Stanton, rf; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Donnie Murphy, 3b; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.

    Phillies: 1. Shane Victorino, cf; 2. Placido Polanco, 3b; 3. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Raul ibanez, lf; 6. Ross Gload, rf; 7. Carlos Ruiz, c; 8. Pete Orr, 2b; 9. Roy Oswalt, p.

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Make It Personal

I did not think a career-second basemen moved to the outfield would be this good. Kid can play.

Glags

Yep, any questions about his ability are gone.

mikea2464

This could be the sign of a great season.

'witz

I too doubted Coghlan as a major league CF and I'm rooting for him but not convinced yet. Even though he did a generally good job in LF last year he was weak at going back on long flies. That's an essential skill in CF. If he can't do that well he can offset somewhat by playing batters deep, but the long season will expose that shortcoming. We'll find out if he can or can't make the longer throws accurately. His arm's certainly good enough for LF and he's proved he can cover the ground laterally.

finsfan4ever

I actually know Chris and he has never backed down from a challenge. THIS IS NO FLUKE!

Stan M

All Winter on every post on every blog I said Coghlan would be fine in CF. The only possible negative was his knee.

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