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Jose Fernandez had no problem with Carlos Gonzalez admiring his home run on Opening Night

Jose Fernandez had no problem with the way the way the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez stood and admired his 430-foot solo home run off him in the sixth inning Monday night.

In fact, the only thing exchanged afterward were smiles and good-natured trash talking between two guys who became friends after playing together in last year's All-Star Game.

"We were just joking around," Fernandez explained Tuesday of the stare down he gave Gonzalez as he rounded first and the subsequent good-natured barbs they yelled at each other from the dugout. "I told him, 'I don't know what I'm going to throw you next time.' He's like 'Don't even talk about it you struck out everybody.' We talked after the game. No big deal."

According to baseball's unwritten rules, standing at the plate to admire a home run is a big no-no. It usually leads to somebody getting plunked. Sometimes it can result an all-out brawl like in the case of the Brewers' Carlos Gomez and the Braves last season.

Last year the Braves took exception to the way Fernandez stood and admired his first career home run at Marlins Park. Catcher Brian McCann met Fernandez at the plate and words were exchanged. Fernandez apologized for his actions after the game.

But there was no reason for those antics Monday.

Fernandez said he and Gonzalez talk and text each other all the time. Gonzalez called Fernandez a good kid and said he admires the passion Fernandez plays with and the way he shows it.

"It was fun. It was nothing like he was mad at me. We have a really good relationship," Gonzalez told Rockies reporters. "When he gets you out, he lets you know. So why not do the same thing when you get him?"

> With the win Monday night, Fernandez became only the second pitcher to earn a win on Opening Day after being voted the Rookie of the Year the previous season joining the Giants' John Montefusco.

The more impressive list Fernandez joined was becoming only the 10th pitcher in MLB history to record nine strikeouts and no walks on Opening Day. The other guys on the list: Cy Young (1900), Walter Johnson (1916), Bob Gibson (1967, 1969), Chris Short (1968), Ferguson Jenkins (1969), JR Richard (1980), Steve Carlton (1983), Mike Mussina (1998) and Jered Weaver (2012).

"This kid is going to end up on a lot of lists with a lot of great pitchers the way he's going," manager Mike Redmond said. "Him winning the Rookie of the Year was just the start for this kid. He's just hungry. That's the beauty of Jose. He wants it every single time he gets the ball."

> Fernandez said there was no post-game celebration with his mother and grandma after Monday's win.

"We went home. We were dead [tired]," Fernandez said. "Remember she's getting used to things here now. In Cuba, [my grandmother] used to go to sleep at 8, 830. She eats at 430 or 5."

Fernandez said he recently took his grandmother Olga out to eat at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse. "She couldn't believe it," he said. "So much food."

He said she still hasn't had the chance to cook him a home-cooked Cuban meal. But the opportunity figures to come soon. He said his grandmother and mother are living with him this season and will probably spend most of the year with him except for a few occasional trips back to Tampa, where Fernandez' and his mom both have homes.

Fernandez said Olga is on a five-year visa, but can't stay longer than 364 consecutive days. So she'll return home to Cuba and then back to Miami. 

Fernandez said his grandmother plans to attend as many Marlins games as she can. She's still very much interested, too, in the family's hometown baseball team back in Cuba and follows the scores online.

"She'll never get tired of watching baseball," Fernandez said. "She said she used to play baseball and do all that stuff when she was little. One time I was playing in Cuba with a tennis ball, a game. You had to hit it with your hand and run. One time they hit a line drive and when I went to catch it it passed by me and she caught it. I was like 'Woah'"

> Utility infielder Ed Lucas said he'll have a pin placed in his fractured left hand on Wednesday and expects to miss four weeks. Lucas' hand was broken by a Scott McGregor pitch on Thursday, only hours after learning he had won the battle for a spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster.

"I'm not a big cursor," Lucas said of his immediate reaction upon being hit. "But, I let out a few expletives I probably shouldn't have."

> The Marlins have released pitcher Chad James, their first-round pick in 2009. James, the 18th overall pick that year, never panned out, going 18-41 with a 4.67 ERA in four minor league seasons. He never advanced past High A Jupiter.

> Outfielder Brent Keys, who was the Marlins' minor league player of the year last season but has dealt with numerous leg injuries, had an epidural within the past week to pinpoint whether a bulging disc in his back is the cause. "They really think the whole time that he suffered from these leg injuries, it was a direct result of the back," said Marty Scott, the Marlins' vice president of player development.

TUESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Rockies (0-1): 1. Drew Stubbs CF, 2. Michael Cuddyer RF, 3. Carlos Gonzalez LF, 4. Troy Tulowitzki SS, 5. Justin Morneau 1B, 6. Wilin Rosario C, 7. Nolan Arenado 3B, 8. DJ LeMahieu 2B, 9. Brett Anderson LHP.

> Marlins (1-0): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Jeff Baker 2B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 7. Marcell Ozuna CF, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Nathan Eovaldi RHP.

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Dionysus Thelxinoe

OK, Sweatshirt, I understand it was only FIU. But if that is your excuse for the ceaseless slapdash scribble, then I am compelled to disabuse you of that thought. These discommodious errors are wholly unacceptable because if I am willing to invest MY time to read, you are obligated (and paid) to invest YOUR time to check for grammar and facts.

A "cursor" is what I am currently using to type, from the Latin "cur(rere)" which Jose's grandmother can tell you means "run" (and then the suffix -sor = "for").

A person who swears is a curSER.

I'm curious, are you going to delete this post also?

Clark S.

"Cursor" was my bad, D.T. -- Clark

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Okay.

Come home, Manuel, all is forgiven.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I was impressed with tonight's victory. Redmond should've gotten Ramos up earlier than he did, so that he'd be available sooner if needed, but Dunn fortunately held on and persevered long enough for Ramos to warm up. These are the games they have to win, the close ones.

Flav C.

Sad to hear about Chad. He encountered some undisclosed off-the-field problems in 2012 that ended up having him being disciplined and cut off of the roster at the time. I was hopeful he could turn things around in 2013 but seeing him pitching in Jupiter it was clear his mind was somewhere else.
Well, another Beinfest draft gone wrong. No wonder Loria had kept him with less drafting responsibilities since 2011.

Lou Vales

Flav, One more HUGE mistake to get behind you. Just do it!! Guy has been around as long as Buster Posey.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Flav, I rarely pay attention to minor leaguers until they are on the verge of making the bigs. But have you had a chance to see Colin Moran play yet?

Flav C.

Lou, you are absolutely right. This one goes to the same bucket with Skippy.

DT, only on the TV (ESPN) during the College World Series last year. He did pretty well, but UNC was a really good team overall, so I guess that helps the player a lot too. This season he will be playing at Roger Dean, so I'll have the opportunity to see him playing a few times.

A Realist

God, I can't stand the Braves and their entire team of "Moral Police". I hope Fernandez smacks another one out of the park and smiles while rounding the bases.

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