By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
The Miami Marlins continue to roll along in Spring Training, and the weekend provided three wins for Miami.
The Marlins topped the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Friday, in a game that featured an RBI double from Derek Dietrich and J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-1.
On Saturday the Marlins blanked the Washington Nationals 4-0 where former Sun Marcel Ozuna did most of the damage at the plate. Ozuna gave the Marlins a first inning 2-0 lead on his 2-run double, then later added an RBI single to put Miami up 3-0 in the third. Ozuna finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI in one of his best spring games to date.
Yesterday the Marlins earned their third straight win with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Former Sun Sam Dyson earned the save with a perfect ninth where he struck out two batters. Ozuna continued his hot hitting with a home run, and Giancarlo Stanton drove in a pair of runs in the Marlins victory.
Today the Marlins have one of their only off days of the Spring Training slate. Tomorrow will be busy, with the Marlins having a split quad day. Half of the squad will stay at home in Jupiter to face the Cardinals, while the other have will make the trip to Port St. Lucie to face the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Former Sun Brad Hand will start against New York, while Jared Cosart gets the nod at Roger Dean Stadium against the Cardinals.
In Jacksonville, preparations continue for the start of baseball season. Suns Director of Field Operations Christian Galen and his staff worked hard over the weekend to convert the playing surface of Bragan Field back to a baseball set up after a pair of Jacksonville Armada FC soccer games. It was exciting to see the diamond back at the Baseball Grounds this morning!
Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, plus some stories from last week about the sale of the Suns from the Bragan family to Ken Babby:
The Florida Times-Union: Proud city tradition to enter new era with sale of Jacksonville Suns
The Florida Times-Union: Gene Frenette: Before RubberDucks owner takes over, Bragan family gets swan song with Jacksonville Suns
Marlins.com: Prospect Urena has tools to make big league impact
Marlins.com: McKirahan doing his part to nail down bullpen spot
Miami Herald: Former Marlins fan favorite Dontrelle Willis retires
Sun Sentinel: Yelich took steep road to Gold Glove award
Fish Stripes: Marlins could trade starting pitcher
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Minor league team to wear Dorothy-themed ‘Wizard of Oz’ jerseys
ESPN New York: Mets’ Wheeler has elbow tear, needs surgery
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: The Brewers ban high-fives because of a pinkeye outbreak
TwinCities.com: Twins tell Miguel Sano he’ll open the year in Double-A
The New York Times: Al Rosen, Who Missed Triple Crown by a Step, Dies at 91