Marlins open new ballpark against champion Cards

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 03, 2012
Perched atop the Miami Marlins' colorful, provocative home-run sculpture is a blue marlin, poised for splashdown whenever the home team hits one out. Call the artwork what you will - gaudy, goofy, grotesque, great - but there's no denying it's new. For the Marlins, that's what this season is all about. They've become a big-spending, attention-grabbing team as they open the season at home Wednesday night against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins predict they'll contend for the NL East title - and more. When ace Josh Johnson throws the first pitch in the new ballpark, the Marlins will begin trying to supplant the Cardinals, who mounted an improbable late-season charge to the World Series title.
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