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The Florida Marlins
Marlins Win Opening Day Thriller!Florida comes from behind to start the season off right, winning 3-1 in extras.ATLANTA -- Hopes are high for Florida Marlin fans, with coach Jam taking over as manager for this season. With a reinforced starting rotation and bullpen, the Marlins hope they can put their pitching woes behind them with a new focus on the defensive side of the ball. As this is the case, it's only fitting that they visit the Atlanta Braves, who acquired former Marlins slugger Dan Uggla in the off season.There was certainly no lack of pitching and defense in this game. Atlanta was able to scrape off a run early in the game off Josh Johnson, putting the Marlins in an early hole. Florida's bats must of still thought it was the off season as Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was pitching a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings on the night. The pitching duel went back and forth until the top of the ninth when 3B Greg Dobbs tripled to left center field giving the Marlins a great advantage. John Baker went in to pinch hit for JJ, but it wasn't necessary as Dobbs scored on a wild pitch during the at bat.The game went to extra innings and stayed stagnant until the top of the 11th when the Marlins gained a lead that they would not relinquish. After John Buck walked with one out in the inning, Greg Dobbs (the player of the game) doubled to right field to drive in the leading run. The Marlins were able to add insurance when Omar Infante knocked in Dobbs on a double of his own.Randy Choate came in for the save for the bottom of the 11th, closing out the game as Chipper Jones hit into a double play.PLAYER OF THE GAME: Greg Dobbs; 2-4, 2 hits, 1 RBI.
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