Astros-Marlins lineups for Friday
Welcome to Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros (1-5) will battle the Florida Marlins (3-3) at 6:05 p.m. this evening. Houston is 10-4 against the Marlins at Minute Maid Park since 2006, its best home record against any NL opponent over that time frame.
Making the start for the Astros is left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who is is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last 10 home starts. Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 2.57 ERA) will start for the Astros. Before we get to the lineups, here’s a photo of Minute Maid Park taken about 4 1/2 hours prior to first pitch:
CF Michael Bourn — Left Wednesday’s game at Cincinnati with tightness in his groin and didn’t play Thursday.
SS Angel Sanchez — Has started the first six games and hit safely in five of those.
RF Hunter Pence — Hit safely in the first two games before going hitless in his last two.
LF Carlos Lee — Already has two triples in a season for first time since 2002.
1B Brett Wallace — Went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday in Cincinnati.
3B Chris Johnson — Has gone 1-for-4 in each of the last two games.
2B Bill Hall — Has three hits in 21 at-bats this year.
C J.R. Towles — Making his third start of the spring.
P Wandy Rodriguez — Owns a 62-65 career MLB record with a 4.23 ERA in 177 outings, including 168 starts.
CF Chris Coghlan — Tied a Marlins record with three doubles Monday vs. Washington.
2B Omar Infante — Tied for club lead with 24 hits in Grapefruit League play.
SS Hanley Ramirez — Hit .300 with 29 doubles, 21 homers and 76 RBIs last year.
1B Gaby Sanchez — Hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.
LF Logan Morrison — Two of his five hits are home runs.
3B Donnie Murphy — Had third career walkoff hit Tuesday vs. Washington.
RF Emilio Bonifacio — Played three different positions on Saturday vs. Mets.
C Brett Hayes — On Opening Day roster for first time.
P Ricky Nolasco — Is 3-1 with a 6.26 ERA in five gmaes (four starts) against the Astros.