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Miami Marlins Morning News: Marlins fall to Braves on Opening Day

The Marlins lost to the Braves on Opening Day by a score of 2-1. Plus links on the rain delay at Marlins Park, Jose Fernandez's bold statement, and a Pork Mac 'N' Cheese Sandwich.

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In front of a sold-out crowd of 36,969 fans at Marlins Park, the Fish dropped their first game of the season 2-1 at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.  Henderson Alvarez pitched seven strong innings, but the Marlins were doomed by small mistakes in the field and on the base paths.  Here's what Mike Redmond had to say about the loss, via's Joe Frisaro:

"We had some chances, had some opportunities," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We just didn't get that one big hit. But we ran into a couple of outs as well. But, that's baseball. We'll come back tomorrow and be ready to go."

In his first game with Miami, Dee Gordon drove in the only Marlins run.  Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna each added two hits a piece as well.

Marlins fans had a bad flash-back to the past yesterday, when it began to rain heavily early in the game.  A 16-minute rain delay then ensued as retractable roof had to be enclosed on the stadium.  It turns out that it was David Sampson's call to leave roof open even though there was a possibility that it might ran.

Jose Fernandez will not be ready to pitch for at least two more months, but he has a lot of belief in this Marlins ball club.  Fernandez believes that this team is a World Series contender.

The staff of Marlins Maniac did a roundtable of predictions for the Marlins 2015 season.  Topics included Giancarlo Stanton's home-run total, the number of Mike Redmond ejections, and more.

The Marlins entered win-now mode by trading their prospects and acquiring legitimate major league talent in the offseason. Will they regret these moves in the future?

The Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten a lot of attention in the past couple of weeks because of the churro dog that they will be selling at their stadium this season.  Now the Marlins have rolled out their out their own special concoction in the form of a Pulled Pork Mac 'N' Cheese Sandwich.  *Teaser: it looks really good*

Around the League

After talks of a potential deal happening during Spring Training, Rick Porcello and the Red Sox agreed on a four-year contract worth $82.5 million.

In Alex Rodriguez's first game at Yankee Stadium in over a year, the cheers outweighed the boos as he received a loud ovation from Yankee fans.

One of the biggest standouts from Opening Day was the Red Sox offensive parade against the Phillies.  Dustin Pedroia had two home-runs and Hanley Ramirez made a nice welcome to Boston with two home runs as well, with one of them being a grand slam.

Ryan Braun strained his rib cage in yesterday's opener and he reamins day-to-day.  This was after Braun was dealing with a thumb injury during Spring Training.

At FishStripes

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