Found March 28, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Lucas Harrell gave up one unearned run in five innings for the Houston Astros on Wednesday in a 6-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. Making a late bid for a spot in the Astros' rotation, Harrell scattered three hits and walked none in his first start of the spring. Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano walked five in four innings for the Marlins. Chris Johnson had two hits for the Astros and Brian Bogusevic drove in two runs with a single off Zambrano. Houston shortstop Jed Lowrie left the game in the third inning with a sprained right thumb after getting picked off second base. X-rays were negative.

Duke and Cust were worth a look for Astros

The Astros released outfielder Jack Cust and pitcher Zach Duke early Tuesday. It should have come as no surprise. Neither had performed at all as expected during the spring. Since both had to win spots on the roster with nothing guaranteed, their failures spelled their doom. Cust and Duke had once been promising players. Playing ten years mostly in the American League, Cust'...

Marlins release outfielder Aaron Rowand

The Miami Marlins have released outfielder Aaron Rowand according to Joe Frisaro of The Marlins signed him back in December 2011. Rowand hit .233/.274/.347 with 4 HR's and 21 RBI's in 331 AB's with the Giants in 2011 before he was released in September. The 34-year old is a career .273/.330/.435 hitter with 136 HR's and 536 RBI's in 4374 AB's throughout...

MLB Preview – Houston Astros

2011 Review: The most important part of 2011 was Jim Crane purchasing the team. There really wasn’t much on the field that went well. They did pick up pieces for the future by trading Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. Manager: Brad Mills GM: Jeff Luhnow Notable MLB Additions: Jack Cust# (OF, Mariners), Jed Lowrie* (SS, Red Sox), Chris Snyder (C, Pirates), Kyle Weiland* (P, Red Sox...

Reyes picks up two hits in Marlins victory

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Reyes had two hits and Heath Bell pitched a hitless inning to earn his first save for the Miami Marlins, who beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday. Bell, who signed a 27 million, three-year contract with the Marlins over the winter, struck out two and walked none. Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 1-3 innings to become the first Miami...

Wezen-Ball: Miami's Sound Test by Larry Granillo

As the comments on my last post prove, a clear issue with the video released Monday of the new Miami Marlins home run sculpture coming to life was the lack of stadium celebration music being played in the background. Without it, we weren't getting the full "Marlins Park experience" with their brand new, beyond-unique home run feature. I heard your complaints and took...

Astros lefty Rodriguez will start on opening day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Wandy Rodriguez will be Houston's first left-handed pitcher in 38 years to start on opening day when he faces the Colorado Rockies on April 6. Manager Brad Mills announced the starter Wednesday, a day after the 33-year Rodriguez pitched six innings against the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez has been with the Astros since 2005, longer than any other player...

Astros cut pitcher Duke, veteran hitter Cust

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Houston Astros released pitcher Zach Duke and veteran hitter Jack Cust on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Duke was an All-Star left-hander for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. He appeared in four games this spring, giving up 25 hits including five home runs in 14 13 innings. After pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, Duke had signed a minor league...

Astros release Jack Cust and Zach Duke

According to Alyson Footer, the Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, the Houston Astros have released outfielder Jack Cust and left handed pitcher Zach Duke. Duke was 3-4 with a 4.93 ERA, 0.7 HR/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 3.8 SO/9 in 76.2 innings in 2011 with the Diamondbacks. Cust hit .213/.344/.329 with 3 HR's, 44 BB's and 23 RBI's in 225 AB's with the Mariners in 2011. Image...

Marlins Launch New Website

From the CPL The Morehead City Marlins have officially launched their new website and catchphrase in advance of the highly anticipated 2012 season.  The Marlins have teamed up with PrestoSports, a Maryland based sports web design company, for a fresh new and interactive page design, so fans may now easily navigate in style.  “PrestoSports is very excited to be partners...

Marlins 3, Nationals 1

Heath Bell pitched a hitless inning to earn his first save for the Miami Marlins, who beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday. Bell, who signed a $27 million, three-year contract with the Marlins over the winter, struck out two and walked none. Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 1-3 innings to become the first Miami starter to reach the seventh this spring. He allowed...

Beltran's homer not enough for Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Anibal Sanchez put to rest any questions about the Miami Marlins' rotation. Sanchez allowed a run in five innings, including Carlos Beltran's second homer, and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Thursday. Sanchez had been limited to three starts this spring because of a sore shoulder. He gave up two hits and a walk. Matt Holliday walked...

Season Preview: Houston Astros

Bad team. The Houston Astros were a bad team in 2011 (56-106) and will be a bad team in 2012. Long gone are the days of playoff contending teams. Biggio, Bagwell, and Berkman no longer exist on the Astros’ field. Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt won’t touch the mound. In 2012, there will be no Houston Astros

Notes from the Backfields: Jupiter, FL, Day 1 of 3

I’m currently in Jupiter, Florida, as a guest both of (a) my 91-year-old grandfather and (a) the Miami Miarlins of Florida. Today was Day 1 of 3 of my time here. I’ll be spending time on the backfields, watching some minor-league games and providing mediocre analysis on same. Today, I watched mostly the High-A game between the Marlins and Cardinals — or, alternately, the Jupiter...
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