Marlins Deisgnate Craig Counsell For Assignment

Craig Counsell, most famous for scoring the winning run in game 7 of the World Series, was designated for assignment. The Marlins now have 10 days to trade him or waive him. Arizona or Colorado will be his likely destination. Counsell was acquired late in the 1997 series from Colorado for Mark Hutton. At the time, the team was desperately seeking a second baseman and Counsell filled the role perfectly. Last season, a pitch broke his jaw. This spring, he lost the starting job to Luis Castillo, who has had a very good year so far. Counsell recently vented frustration at his role as a pinch hitter. He was nearly traded to Arizona but the Marlins demanded more than reliever Amaury Telemaco. Former Atlanta Brave Danny Bautista, an outfielder, takes Counsell’s spot on the roster.

7 Consecutive Wins Following Double Header Sweep

The Marlins have recorded 7 consecutive victories following a double header sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. In game one of a double-header, Luis Castillo walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, bringing in Bruce Aven, to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Down 1-0 through 2.5 hours of rain delays, the Marlins tied the game in the 8th when Dave Berg scored on an Alex Gonzalez sac fly. The win was the 6th in a row for the Marlins. Box Score. In game two, Tim Hyers and Dave Berg completed a combined 8-9 day when Hyers drove in Berg in the 7th to give the Marlins a 5-3 victory and a sweep of the double header. Box Score.

Marlins Sweep the Devil Rays

A see-saw game resulted in a Marlins 11-6 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, sweeping the series. It is the Marlins 5th consecutive win, a first since the 1997 season. Once again, the lineup produced huge numbers. Bruce Aven’s grand slam gave him the team lead in RBIs despite his temporary role. Tim Hyers’ four hits included two home runs. Mark Kotsay extended his hitting streak to 5 games. Craig Counsell got a start and had 3 hits. Box Score.

Marlins Draft Josh Beckett

Florida chose high school right-hander Josh Beckett with the second pick in the Major League Baseball Entry Draft. Beckett, from Spring High School in Texas, was the first high school right-hander taken as high as second since Bill Gullickson in 1979. He was 13-2 with an 0.39 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 89 innings this season. Beckett, 6-4, impressed scouts with a fastball that hits the mid-90s consistently, and a lively curveball.