The Marlins sweep the Dodgers, taking 7 of the 9 games this season, with a 5-4 victory. After three rain delays and extra inning, Mark Kotsay drove in Dave Berg for the win. Preston Wilson hit his club-leading 23rd homerun. On a sour note, Luis Castillo seperated his shoulder and might miss the rest of the season. Amaury Garcia was called up. Todd Dunwoody will miss the rest of the season with a fractured thumb. Julio Ramirez was called up.
Cliff Floyd, Derrek Lee, John Roskos, Brent Billingsley, Michael Tejera, Hector Almonte, and Reid Conelius were added to the Major League roster.
Kevin Orie was activated from his minor league rehab assignment. Cliff Floyd and Derrek Lee will join the team tomorrow. AAA affilate Calgary just finished its season.
Mark Kotsay’s first inning grand slam led the Marlins to an 8-6 win over the Dodgers. It was the team’s 55th win of the season, surpassing last year’s total. Brian Meadows earned his team leading 11th win, matching his total for last season. Box Score.
After a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, Dave Dombrowski, John Boles, and Alex Fernandez have decided to rest Fernandez for the rest of the season. The Marlins believe that the rest will help prepare him for the 2000 season. On another injury note, Danny Bautista broke his nose and will miss several games.
Bad news for the Marlins as Armando Almanza was diagnosed with tendonitis in his pitching arm and is expected to miss 7-10 days. Jesus Sanchez was recalled to fill the vacancy in the bullpen. The left handed Almanza, arguably the teams best reliever in the past month, sensed the pain while warming up in the seventh inning of tonight’s game. That forced John Boles to bring in Vic Darensbourg, who promptly gave up a 3-run home run to Tony Gwynn. Gwynn’s shot ruined what was an excellent game for the Marlins and starter A.J. Burnett. Alex Gonz
Brent Billingsley was demoted again to make room for A.J. Burnett, who will start on Saturday and is likely to remain on the major league roster.
The Marlins reached a last minute deal with Josh Beckett, the 2nd pick in the amateur draft. His contract requires the Marlins to place him on their 40 man roster.
The Marlins have released catcher Jorge Fabergas. Jorge struggled offensively but even his great defensive play was not enough. The team was very clear that top-prospect Ramon Castro would be the starting catcher next season. That made the struggling Fabergas, the third highest paid Marlin, expendable. Castro was called up to take Fabergas’ spot on the roster.
Julio G. Rebull, Jr. was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing replacing Jim Ross. Rebull joins the Marlins after serving as Senior Vice President for Miami based MasTec, Inc., the largest Hispanic owned company in the United States.
The game with the Houston Astros was postponed by rain and will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 27.
Down 0-4 to the Livan Hernandez and the San Francisco Giants, Mike Lowell hit an 8th inning Grand Slam off former Marlin John Johnstone and Dave Berg drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth (of Robb Nen) as the Marlins recorded their 4th consecutive victory, 5-4. Lowell’s Slam was on of 5 this evening, a new Major League Record.
Todd Dunwoody is back. Tim Hyers was sent down.
The 6 potential sites for the new Marlins ballpark are: Miami River (Dade), Bicentennial Park (Dade), Miramar River (Broward), Davie (Broward), Downtown Fort Lauderdale (Broward), and Lauderhill (Broward).
Alex Fernandez threw 98 pitches for his first complete game of the season, beating the Rockies 9-1. Alex also homered to complete a great evening which included a Bruce Aven 3-run homerun.