CINCINNATI -- A lot of tired faces inside the Marlins clubhouse this afternoon, and for obvious reasons. The team didn't get out of Miami after last night's game until 12:30 a.m. and didn't get to their downtown Cincinnati hotel until 3:45 a.m.
Meanwhile, here in the Queen City, they're revving up for their 136th Opening Day. The festivities include the traditional Opening Day Parade downtown, which is taking place as I write. In addition, as I was walking to Great American Ballpark a few hours ago, the downtown church bells struck up "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at noon sharp. Swear to God....Was hoping to grab a 4-way at Skyline Chili on the way in but, with so many fans milling around for the Reds opener, the line was out the door.
Today's Marlins' lineup is the same as last night's, with one notable exception. Chris Coghlan will be starting in left instead of Logan Morrison. Manager Ozzie Guillen said that decision was made long before in an effort to go easy on Morrison's sore right knee. Morrison said that, even after playing last night, the knee felt good. But Guillen said he doesn't want to take any chances, and so will continue to give Morrison a day here and there. He said he'll try to do the same with Giancarlo Stanton, who has his own knee issue.
On another note, Stanton said he thought the second of his two warning-track shots last night, the one to right-center, was a homer when it left the bat and probaby would have gone out in any other park. But, with the roof open at Marlins Park, the ball died and was caught by Jon Jay. Most everyone agrees that the park is "death valley" as far as power when the roof is open, but seems to play fair when it's closed. The roof will pretty much be closed every game once we get into May, if not before.
With that said, here are the lineups for Game 2 of 162:
Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Sanchez, 1b; 6. Coghlan, lf; 7. Infante, 2b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Buehrle, p.
Redlegs: 1. Phillips, 2b; 2. Cozart, ss; 3. Votto, 1b; 4. Rolen, 3b; 5. Bruce, rf; 6. Ludwick, lf; 7. Stubbs, cf; 8. Hanigan, c; 9. Cueto, p.