Mabry Joins Fox on the DL

John Mabry, the recently-acquired left-handed-hitting utility man has torn his pectoral muscle and will be out for a significant period. Mabry is the second Marlins utility man on the DL, joining Andy Fox, who broke a finger and will be out 8 to 10 weeks. Left-handed Outfielder/infielder Ryan McGuire was called up to replace Mabry. Despite the loss of Mabry, the Marlins left Montreal with a 6-3 victory over the Expos. Starter Jason Grilli gave the Marlins 6 innings and a home-run, Preston Wilson stole home, and Antonio Alfonseca earned his first save of the season, as the Marlins improved to 4 wins and 7 losses.

Opening Day 2001

Ryan Dempster, at the age of 23, will throw the opening pitch of the 2001 season, the Marlins 9th, today against the Philadelphia Phillies. A sold-out Pro Player Stadium will greet “The Original Marlin” Charles Johnson on his return home to the Marlins. This will be CJ’s 5th opening day in the Marlins’ starting line-up, tying him for the club record with Jeff Conine and Gary Sheffield. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05. Hall-of-famer Bob Gibson will toss the ceremonial first pitch. Omar Daal will start for the visiting Phillies. The Marlins are looking to extend a 6-game winning streak from last season. Furthermore, the Marlins are on a 4-year opening day winning streak and are 5-3 overall on opening days.
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OPENING DAY LINEUP ROTATION
Luis Castillo, 2B
Eric Owens, RF
Cliff Floyd, LF
Preston Wilson, CF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Charles Johnson, C
Derrek Lee, 1B
Alex Gonz