Marlins 7 – Astros 1

After a much needed day off, the Marlins resumed Spring Training with a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros. This game was decided early when Todd Dunwoody hit a home run in the first, to give the Marlins the lead for good. Dunwoody ended the game with 2 hits, 3 RBIs, and a triple in addition to the homer. Starter Brian Meadows pitched 6 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits.

High Scoring Game as Marlins Beat Expos

The high scoring Marlins continued their ways by beating the Montreal Expos on a John Roskos grand slam in the bottom of the 9th. Derrek Lee hit his 3rd home run of the spring and drove in three runs. Starter Jesus Sanchez allowed 4 runs and 5 walks in 5 innings. Rafael Medina also struggled, blowing the Marlins 7-4 lead by allowing 4 runs in only 2/3 of an inning.

Marlins Send 8 Players Down to the Minors

The Marlins trimmed down their roster by sending 8 players down to the minors. Leading the way is top prospect SS Pablo Ozuna. Ozuna proved this spring that he is all the experts are saying, but still needs a little more seasoning. During the season, the Marlins will try him out at 2B for Portland. Two starters from last year, Ryan Dempster and Joe Fontenot, Were send down to Calgary along with left-hander Michael Tejera and right-handed reliever Justin Speier, who was acquired with Kevin Orie from the Cubs last year in the Heredia trade. Rob Stanifer, Dario Perez, and Lionel Hastings (C), were assigned to minor-league camp. Perez was considered an underdog for the 5th spot in the rotation, and he struggled. Vetern knuckleballer Dennis Springer or Rookie phenom A.J. Burnett will be the 5th starter. The team must still make 12 more cuts.

McGuire Homers Over Fish

A split squad of the Marlins countered another Mark McGuire home run with a seven run eigth inning, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4. Luis Castillo had 3 hits and Matt Mantei earned a save with 2 scoreless innings. The other split squad beat the New York Mets 6-3. Livan Hernandez outpiched Al Leiter in that game. Derrek Lee hit a home run and Jorge Fabergas drove in two runs.

Scott Pose Comes Back to Beat the Marlins

Scott Pose, who started in centerfield in the Marlins’ first ever game, scored 2 runs to lead his current club, Kansas City, to a 7-3 win over the Marlins. Jeff Conine, Mr. Marlin, who started in left field in that same inaugural game, hit a home runs and scored twice. For the current Marlins, Alex Fernandez came back from a bad outing with 5 strong innings, allowing only two hits and a run.

Marlins Waste 4-4 Effort from Preston Wilson

The Marlins lose to the Cardinals 11-7 despite a 4-4 effort from Preston Wilson, whol also hit a home run and drove in 3. Dennis Springer, who is battling with A.J. Burnett for the Marlins’ fifth spot in the rotation allowed 6 runs in 2-2/3 innings.

Third Straight Win for the Marlins

Dave Berg’s solo home run in the top of the eight snapped a tie to give the Marlins a 5-4 win against Baltimore in Fort Lauderdale. This is the third consecutive win for the Marlins and the second against Baltimore.

Marlins Reassign 12 Players

12 players were reassigned: Hector Almonte (P), Bobby Rodgers (P), Chris Norton (C), Ryan Robertson(C) and Fletcher Bates(OF), and DaRond Stovall (OF) were reassigned to the Minor League camp. Nelson Lara (P) and Julio Ramirez (CF) was assigned to Double A Portland. Nate Rolison (1B), Amaury Garcia (2B), Ramon Castro (C), and Jaime Jones (OF) were assigned to Triple A Calgary.

20 Runs needed to Halt Spring Slide

A Marlins splite squad exploded for 20 runs on 23 hits beating Houston 20-14. Ramon Castro hit two home runs. Craig Counsel a home run w RBI and 4 runs scored. Ryan Dempster, Joe Fontenot, and Armando Almanza allowed 14 runs. Almanza has now allowed 10 runs in 1 inning pitched this year. The other split squad lost to Kansas City 7-5 in 7 innings.

Dunwoody Streak Goes On

Todd Dunwoddy continued his hitting streak going 3-4 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs scored in a 9-5 split squad victory over Montreal. In the other split squad game, Kansas City hit 5 homeruns, 3 off Minor Leaguer Bobby Rodgers to beat the Marlins 13-6. Once more, the Marlins’ minor leaguer pitchers failed to perform. Alex Gonazalez hit a home run in the ninth inning.