By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
The Miami Marlins had a solid start to the weekend in Fort Myers, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday and Boston Red Sox 11-8 on Saturday. Sunday saw the Marlins fall to the New York Mets 11-0 in Jupiter.
A good sign over the weekend was the return of former Sun Giancarlo Stanton to the Miami lineup. After missing nearly a week with a sore right knee, Stanton played six innings on Sunday, drawing a walk and going 0-for-1 at the plate.
Stanton will get extra time to rest the knee today, as the Marlins have their first and really only true off day during Grapefruit League play. The next day without baseball for the Marlins will be March 31 after Grapefruit League play and just before a pair of exhibition games with the New York Yankees at Marlins Park on April 1 and 2.
The Marlins will have games this week against the Mets (Tuesday and Thursday), Washington Nationals (Wednesday), and at the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
I’ll be able to give a first-person account of Spring Training later in the week, as I’ll be spending the weekend in Jupiter and will be on the call with Marlins On Deck host Kyle Sielaff for webcasts on Thursday against the Mets, Saturday against the Tigers, and Sunday against the Cardinals. You can listen to the games on Marlins.com or through the MLB At-Bat app.
Here in Jacksonville preparations continue for the start of the Suns season. Today the Baseball Grounds will host the first of several high school baseball games over the next two weeks. Director of Field Operations Christian Galen has the field in terrific shape, and it will be exciting to see baseball here again.
The Suns announced their commitment to salute the military throughout the 2016 season, and later today will announce the promotional schedule for the upcoming season as well, which we’ll post here later today.
I had a great weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama broadcasting college baseball with former MLB pitcher Lance Cormier on SEC Network+. No. 21 Houston won the series over No. 25 Alabama, winning on Friday and Saturday behind strong starting pitching. The Crimson Tide won yesterday’s game 7-6, with an eighth inning home run being the difference in a back-and-forth game. I’ll be back in Tuscaloosa later next week when we broadcast the Friday game of Alabama’s series with Tennessee.
Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, be sure to check back for the Suns promotional schedule!
The Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville Suns Host Job Fairs
Marlins.com: Stanton’s knee passes test in return to lineup
Marlins.com: Koehler happy with outing despite shaky results
Marlins.com: Jose impresses with fastball in sim game
Miami Herald: Marcell Ozuna plans to make most of ‘new opportunity’ with Miami Marlins
Sun Sentinel: Mattingly encouraged by Stanton’s first game since knee injury
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Donald Trump gets the all-important Pete Rose endorsement
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: Joe Maddon Wants Old-Timers to Stop Complaining
Yahoo! Ex-World Series hero David Freese finds new home in Pittsburgh
Fangraphs: Player Salaries: A Mix of Merit and Tenure
The New York Times: Unflappable Corey Seager Has Talent the Dodgers Can Nurture