Preston Wilson and Ramon Castro homered as the Marlins beat the Mets 7-6. Luis Castillo went 3 for 3. Vladimir Nunez earned the win despite allowing three runs in four innings.
A.J. Burnett ruptured a ligament in his right thumb during a fielding practice. He will be out 10-12 weeks. Burnett, 23, was penciled in as the Marlins’ 4th starter. Brad Penny and Jesus Sanchez, the leaders for the 5th spot in the rotation, are likely to both make the rotation.
Brad Penny continued his dominant march into the Marlins’ major league pitching rotation with four scoreless innings allowing only one hit in a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Kevin Millar connected on his team leading third homerun of the spring and drove in three, bringing his spring total to eight. Brant Brown, Sandy Martinez, and Julio Ramirez added homeruns.
Former Marlins Randy Winn hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth off Armando Almanza, giving the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 6-5 win over the Marlins. Alex Fernandez pitched the first two innings of the Spring Training opener, allowing three runs. All of the Marlins’ runs were unearned.
Nate Rolison hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Marlins to a 10-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Mike Lowell had a strong performance, going 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. Hector Almonte struggled in particular, allowing four runs in two innings. Luis Castillo pulled his right hamstring in the first inning.
The Marlins completed re-signing all of the players on the 40 man roster. Derrek Lee signed for $225,000, a $40,000 salary cut. Should Lee fail to make the major league roster, he would earn $204,000. Luis Castillo signed for $390,000 while Mark Kotsay settled for $324,000. Mike Redmond signed for $245,000. The Marlins payroll stands at $19 million.
Closer Antonio Alfonseca has the mumps and has been quarantined. Alfonseca has missed three days and will likely miss another week.
The Marlins lineup for the Spring Training opener against Tampa Bay will be: Luis Castillo, 2B; Alex Gonzalez, SS; Cliff Floyd, DH; Preston Wilson, CF; Mike Lowell, 3B; Mark Kotsay, RF; Derrek Lee, 1b; Brant Brown, LF, Ramon Castro, C. The starting pitchers for the first 8 spring training games will be: March 3 at Tampa – Alex Fernandez (2 innings), Jesus Sanchez (2), Brad Penny (2), Brian Edmondson (2), and Armando Almanza (1), March 4 vs. Baltimore – Reid Cornelius, Jared Camp, Braden Looper, Hector Almonte, and Dan Miceli, March 5 at Baltimore – Vladimir Nu
Pitcher Michael Tejera is recovering from a hernia operation and will be out until March 15. The Marlins re-signed Hector Almonte, Braden Looper, Pablo Ozuna, Julio Ramirez, and Nate Rolison.
POSITION PLAYERS REPORT: Today marks the official reporting date for 24 position players, including nine non-roster invitees. The group includes 13 infielders and 11 outfielders who will join Marlins pitchers and catchers for full squad workouts on Friday. Physicals are scheduled for tomorrow. GETTING A LEG UP: Though they are not permitted to join the team for workouts, 10 Marlins position players have reported early and begun individual workouts. Yesterday Cliff Floyd, Mike Gulan and Preston Wilson joined infielders David Berg, Chris Clapinski, Andy Fox and Kevin Millar and outfielders Jeff Abbott, Rich Becker and Lyle Mouton in Melbourne.
The Florida Marlins announced Friday the formation of the Club’s new Fans First initiative, a commitment to provide an increased level of service and a fan-friendly atmosphere at the ballpark while remaining affordable. The program includes the Fans First Rewards Program, the creation of a Customer Service Department, a new Stadium umbrella policy, unchanged ticket prices for the 2000 season and much more.
Pitcher Josh Beckett has made a $100,000 donation to found the Florida Marlins-Josh Beckett Youth Baseball Tournament, a featured component of the Club’s new “Cornerstone for Kids” community program.
The Florida Marlins announced Monday they have agreed to terms with infielder Amaury Garcia, left-handed pitcher Armando Almanza and right-handed pitchers A.J. Burnett, Jared Camp, Joe Fontenot and Nelson Lara on one-year contracts for the 2000 season. Terms were not disclosed.
The Fifth Annual Bank of America Marlins FanFest 2000 will take place February 19-20 from 10 am-4 pm at Pro Player Stadium. The annual baseball extravaganza, which marks the start of individual game ticket sales for the 2000 Marlins season, is free to all fans and features baseball activities for fans of all ages. This year’s event boasts a number of new activities, including the chance to take photos with Marlins players in the dugout, sample the Taste of Baseball Food Court and visit the National Pastime Baseball Museum.
The Marlins will begin their annual preseason Marlins Caravan on Monday, February 7 with a pep rally at Frederick Douglas Elementary in Miami. Chairman John W. Henry, Marlins players, coaches, broadcasters, front office staff and Billy the Marlin will visit dozens of schools, hospitals, senior centers and businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties over the upcoming week.