Posted March 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
Anibal Sanchez was dominant in his spring debut, striking out four in two scoreless innings and leading the Miami Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The right-hander, whose debut had been pushed back due to soreness in the back side of his right shoulder, allowed two hits. Jeremy Hellickson, making his second spring start - and third appearance - gave up four runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in three innings. A scary moment occurred in the top of the fourth inning when Rays outfielders B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings collided chasing a flyball by Austin Kearns. It was ruled an inside-the-park home run, and the speedy outfielders were carted off the field. Both Upton and Jennings told reporters they are OK.

Rays OFs avoid serious injury in collision

Tampa Bay Rays outfielders B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings escaped serious injury after colliding while chasing a fly ball during a spring training game in Port Charlotte, Fla., against the cross-state rival Marlins on Wednesday. According to a report on, both players were chasing a fly ball by Miami's Austin Kearns in the bottom of the fourth inning when they collided...

Marlins had Gaby Sanchez throw baseballs at new aquarium to test its durability

Those of you who have had a chance to view pictures or video of the Marlins new amusement park stadium know that there is a lot going on there. Most notably, the Miami ballpark features an obnoxious structure in center field that will whirl and twirl when someone from the home team hits a homer. The park also boasts 40 feet of aquariums where a backstop should be. As expected, the...

Joe Maddon, Evan Longoria, other Rays shave heads for charity (Pictures)

When Joe Maddon announced last week that he would be shaving his head to pay tribute to children with cancer, he vowed to recruit as many of the Rays players and front office members as he could to participate with him. From the look of it, Maddon did a tremendous job. The head shaving commenced Thursday morning as several Tampa Bay players, coaches, and front office workers went...

1st Known Miami Marlins Baseball Hat Robbery In Connecticut!

Via: New Britain Police are looking for a suspect who held up the TD Bank branch at 587 Hartford Road Wednesday afternoon.  Police say he implied he had weapons. They released security camera images of the suspect,  who was wearing a Florida Marlins baseball cap. a dark jacket and jeans and plastic rimmed eyeglasses with tiger-stripe pattern frames. Have you seen a black dude...

Jeremy Hellickson and Re-Defining BABIP

There aren’t many mainstream writers out there that are willing to tackle sabermetric concepts with players, so I have to give Marc Topkin from the the Tampa Bay Times a tip of the hat for mentioning BABIP to Jeremy Hellickson. Not only did he mention a sabermetric statistic to a player, but he brought one up that makes Hellickson look bad: “Yea, I just got lucky on the mound...

Arms Continue Dominance

The Miami Marlins won Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets 3-1 as Marlins’ pitchers continued to put up fantastic statistics.   Josh Johnson made the start and came away continuing to feel fine which is the best news of all for the Marlins.   A 54 minute rain delay came after Johnson’s time on the mound, it was the third delay already this Spring for the Marlins....

Rays cut hair to support children with cancer

PORT CHARLOTTE Getting cut in spring training was never anything like this. Before a crowd of smiling and cheering spectators, the Tampa Bay Rays' roster got trimmed in a most unusual fashion Thursday morning with the hair of players, coaches, staff and manager Joe Maddon cascading onto the Charlotte Sports Park boardwalk. Donning yellow T-shirts with the message "Fortune...

Marlins 3, Mets 1

Jose Reyes stepped into the on-deck circle, turned toward the New York Mets' dugout and bowed. Hard feelings, nowhere to be found. The Miami Marlins shortstop faced his former team for the first time Thursday, shaking hands and offering hugs before the game with guys donning the orange-and-blue color scheme he used to wear. Reyes signed a $106 million, six-year deal with the...

Mike Minor solid in Braves' tie with Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- This start for Carlos Zambrano against the Atlanta Braves went a lot better for him than his previous one. The Miami newcomer struck out five in four innings and the Miami Marlins tied the Braves 2-all Tuesday. The game was called after 10 innings. Zambrano gave up two hits and one run. The last time he faced the Braves was Aug. 12 at Turner Field. Pitching...

Davis makes second start as Rays tie Phillies

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Spring training invitees Juan Pierre and Joel Pineiro helped their cases for making the Phillies, with solid starts for a Philadelphia split squad in a 6-6 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Pierre, a speedy outfielder, had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice -- all in the first two innings for the Phillies. Pineiro started for Philadelphia, allowing...
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