Good afternoon (barely) from Sun Life Stadium, where first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Not too much going on pre-game before today's finale between the Marlins and Padres, though it is Camp Day at the ballpark, with several thousands campers in color-coded t-shirts taking over the stadium.
San Diego has outscored the Fish, 18-3, in the first two games of the series, and the Friars have won seven straight in South Florida.
A few quick notes to pass along:
- After making his Major League pitching debut last night, Bryan Petersen is starting in centerfield today. Manager Jack McKeon, who addressed the media for about 10 minutes earlier this morning, said he had planned a day off for Mike Cameron. McKeon said Cameron looks more locked in at the plate each night, and the manager has continued to laud Cameron's defensive ability: "He might knock in 50 runs, but he'll save you 50 too."
- Reliever Ryan Webb, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, continues to progress in his rehabilitation. Webb said he is not sure when he will be ready to return to the mound, but he has been playing catch.
- There's nothing new to report on ace Josh Johnson's status. Said McKeon: "He’ll let us know if he’s ready, or when he’s ready."
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Bryan Petersen; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.
Padres: 1. Will Venable, rf; 2. Jason Bartlett, ss; 3. Cameron Maybin, cf; 4. Jesus Guzman, 1b; 5. Orlando Hudson, 2b; 6. Chris Denorfia, lf; 7. Alberto Gonzalez, 3b; 8. Kyle Phillips, c; 9. Dustin Moseley, p.
-- Matt Forman