Fernandez to begin season with Marlins

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Jose Fernandez will begin this season in the Miami rotation, despite being projected to start the year with Double-A Jacksonville. Photo Courtesy: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Top Miami Marlins pitching prospect Jose Fernandez will begin the season in the major leagues, announced by the Marlins on Sunday morning.

Fernandez, who was reportedly projected to start the season with Double-A Jacksonville, will make his major league debut with the Marlins next Sunday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Fernandez joins the rotation due to injuries to starters Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest explained the move to reporters earlier this morning in Washington.

Fernandez went a combined 14-1 last season between Single-A Greensboro and High-A Jupiter, and only logged two innings in big league spring training for the Marlins this spring.

The new rotation for Miami is as follows:

The Marlins minor leaguers broke camp on Saturday, and the Jacksonville roster will be announced later this week. The Suns’ home opener at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville is Thursday April 4 at 7:05 p.m.

Suns and CW17 Continue Partnership!

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns and CW17 are proud to announce that eleven Suns games will be broadcasted live in HD during the 2013 season. Of the eleven games five are Saturday Nights, 5 are Sunday games and the July 3rd Pre-Independence Day Fireworks Celebration game will also be broadcasted live. The broadcast game dates are: April 27th @ 7:05, April 28th @ 3:05, May 25th @ 7:05, May 26th @ 7:05, June 29th @ 7:05, June 30th @ 3:05, July 3rd @ 7:05, August 3rd @ 7:05, August 4th @ 6:05, August 31st @ 7:05 and September 1st @ 7:05.

This marks the second season of the partnership between WCWJ CW17 and the Jacksonville Suns however this season the games will be available in HD for the first time. Vice President and General Manager of WCWJ and yourjax.com Marc Hefner commented on the partnership.

“We are excited to grow this partnership and bring more Suns games to the First Coast in 2013.  There is no better way to enjoy a baseball game than in person, but for those may not be able to get to the Bragan Field, CW17 is proud to bring a selection of Suns’ games to them through their television. CW17 and yourjax.com continue to add to our growing number of locally produced sports and entertainment programs.”

Suns’ President, Owner & Color Commentator Peter Bragan Jr. said, “I am excited to expand on our game broadcast schedule for this season.  The new HD capabilities will make the broadcast big league quality. CW17 continues to be a great partner with the Jacksonville Suns.”

The Jacksonville Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins and are proud members of the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  The Suns begin the 2013 season with Opening Night on Thursday, April 4.  The Suns will also host the 2013 Southern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 17th.  Season tickets, sponsorships and group events are currently on sale for the 2013 season by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.  The 2013 season is presented by Everbank, official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns.