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Going out to the ballpark on Monday for Miami Marlins Opening Day? Then you can go enjoy a brand-new sandwich the team will feature exclusively at their ballpark.
Marlins Park already has some great Cuban sandwiches and other great foods, this just adds to it. Who wants to miss the opportunity to raise their blood level from food and watching the Marlins?
I know when I get an opportunity to get down to Miami later this summer, this is one of the things I am going to have to try for sure.
If anyone goes to the ballpark the opening week and tries this, let us know what you think of the sandwich!
Marlins 9, Grasshoppers 6
In one of their final preparations before the 2015 season, the Miami Marlins took on their Low-A minor league affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, on Friday afternoon. The team had their regulars taking the field, while many of their pitchers threw for the Grasshoppers.
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In a 9-6 win, the Marlins saw Giancarlo Stanton and Jarrod Saltalamacchia lead the team’s offense, with each going deep once. Despite the loss, 19-year old prospect K.J. Woods made an impression, hitting two home runs and driving in 5 runs in the game. Shortstop prospect Justin Twine collected two hits, including a double, in his three at bats.
For the Marlins Tom Koehler finished his final spring training start going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, and struck out and walked 2 a piece.
All Brian Morris, A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn struggled, facing their major league teammates. Both of them combined for 3 innings pitched, allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits. The struck out 7 and walked 2.
The Marlins take on the Jacksonville Suns later today and then it’s onto the Opener on Monday!
Other Marlins News Around the Web:
Marlins’ Morse looks beyond Opening Day in hometown return | Sun-Sentinel
Michael Morse was one of the faces in the crowd 22 years ago when the fledgling Marlins took their first step in the major leagues with a victory against the Dodgers in their inaugural game.
MLB fines Marlins’ Cosart, but finds no evidence he bet on baseball | Fox Sports Florida
MLB announced Friday afternoon that its investigation found no evidence of Miami Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart gambling on baseball. Cosart will, however, be fined an undisclosed amount for a violation of gambling rules.
Division Preview: NL East | Fangraphs
The easiest division in baseball to handicap. The favorites just have to avoid implosion to punch their ticket to the postseason, with only two teams even pretending to put up a fight, and neither one looking quite ready for the postseason yet. The fight for second place could be a Wild Card battle, but more likely, there is only one playoff team here, and it’s probably going to be the one we’d all expect.
2015 Miami Marlins minor league depth: Second Base | Fishstripes
With most of the Marlins second base depth already having major league experience, there are still two highly touted young players that add promising depth in the Marlins minor league system.