04/09/10 3:27 PM EST
Padilla, Johnson out to move past tough openers
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
So when Josh Johnson takes the mound for the Marlins and Vicente Padilla does so for the Dodgers in Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game, it'll be that much sooner that they can put their rough openers behind them.
"I want to get him out there as soon as possible," Torre said of Padilla, who gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings vs. Pittsburgh. "No, I didn't like what I saw. I know there's something more there."
Because of Tuesday's off-day, the Marlins played it safe before determining who would take the mound on Saturday. Johnson threw 99 pitches in five-plus innings on Monday in a loss to the Mets at Citi Field, allowing five runs (four earned).
"It was 90/10 that he was going to go," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of his thought process before deciding on Johnson. "I wanted him to pitch on his normal day."
Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2008, Johnson has a record of 22-7, for a .759 winning percentage. That's the third-highest percentage in the Majors. But he just didn't have it Monday.
"I had to battle pretty much without having any stuff," Johnson said of his Opening Day start. "I felt like nothing was there."
Dodgers: Manny close to another milestone
With two hits on Friday, Manny Ramirez moved to within one of the 2,500 mark. He also needs four homers to reach the 550 mark. ... Right fielder Andre Ethier missed a second game after rolling his left ankle on Wednesday and is likely to miss the entire series with the Marlins. "I still feel it, but it's better," said Ethier.
Marlins: Florida dealing with leaky 'pen
After allowing four runs (three earned) on Friday, the Marlins' bullpen now has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 13 innings of work, for a 6.92 ERA. Clay Hensley, Jose Veras and Renyel Pinto each allowed at least a run on Friday. Gonzalez figures to show patience with his young relievers, and he won't be afraid to put them right back out there after a rough outing. "I'm a big believer in putting guys in positions where they can succeed," Gonzalez said. "I'm a believer in, run those guys out there and build their confidence. We can sit here and talk about how much confidence we have in that bullpen, but you have to show it. Those guys, the Pintos, the Verases, get ready to pitch, because you're going to be used." ... Shortstop Hanley Ramirez and second baseman Dan Uggla made their fifth consecutive Opening Day start together and have started 563 games together. They each went 1-for-4 in the home opener.
The Dodgers have won 11 of the last 14 games against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium dating back to 2006, outscoring the Marlins, 92-48. ... Johnson won the one meeting with the Dodgers last year at Dodger Stadium, going seven strong innings. Ethier had the best day at the plate against him, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
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