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Marlins catcher John Baker chimes in on Collision-Gate

   LOS ANGELES -- Back at Dodger Stadium this morning where it appears the fire department has extinguished the blaze that sent smoke bellowing over the diamond throughout the course of last night's game. In case you didn't see it, Marlins center fielder Chris Coghlan had the funniest line when describing his reaction when he first saw smoke in about the fifth inning:

    "I could smell that smoke and I was, like, 'Gosh, that ain't no hot dog stand,'" Coghlan said. "Then I saw this huge puff, and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this place is on fire."

    Turns out the fire was contained to a storage area and was never a real danger. The game was played without interruption. But it resulted in the re-location of fans in several sections of the upper deck to another section of the stadium.

    So here we sit on another splendid day in southern California, preparing for Ricky Nolasco to take on his favorite boyhood team. Still waiting on the lineups, and I'll post those as soon as they become available. In the meantime, check out John Baker's take on the Scott Cousins/Buster Posey collision. As always, Baker is articulate and insightful, and his words carry some weight considering that he is both a catcher and a teammate of Cousins.

     Anyway, you can check out his take on matters by reading here.


     Marlins: 1. Coghlan, cf; 2. Ramirez, ss; 3. Morrison, lf; 4. Sanchez, 1b; 5. Stanton, rf; 6. Buck, c; 7. Infante, 2b; 8. Bonifacio, 3b; 9. Nolasco, p.

     Dodgers: 1. Furcal, ss; 2. Blake, 3b; 3. Ethier, rf; 4. Kemp, cf; 5. Sands, 1b; 6. Gibbons, lf; 7. Navarro, c; 8. Carroll, 2b; 9. Kershaw, p.