JUPITER -- The Marlins have set their rotation -- tentatively, at least -- for the start of Grapefruit League play, with Josh Johnson taking the mound Monday against the Cardinals.
Mark Buerhle is down to pitch March 6 when the Marlins face the University of Miami at their new ballpark. The following night, Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound to take on Florida International University, also at the new ballpark. Carlos Zambrano will make his first spring start on March 8 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie while Anibal Sanchez will round things out on March 9 against the Nationals here in Jupiter.
In explaining his decision not to have Johnson go against either of the two college teams, manager Ozzie Guillen joked: "I don't want to make those kids look like (expletive) when they face J.J. Make sure those kids know they have a chance in the big leagues. If they see J.J., they might quit. They might stay in school."
Guillen also revealed his lineups for the two college exhibitions. Against UM, the lineup will be: Aaron Rowand, Donnie Murphy, Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison, Gaby Sanchez, John Buck, Austin Kearns, Scott Cousins and Nick Green.
Against FIU, the lineup will be: Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Greg Dobbs, Mike Stanton, Omar Infante, Chris Coghlan, Bryan Petersen, Brett Hayes and Matt Dominguez.