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.

Marlins Acquire Mabry from Cardinals

The Florida Marlins today announced they have acquired John Mabry from the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations. Mabry, 30, batted .235 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI in 96 games last season for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Last season he played 42 games in right field, nine games in left, 22 at third base and five at first.

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