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Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

May 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a double play, committed no errors and, by all accounts, did not once refuse to hustle during the Marlins’ 8-0 win.

For the Diamondbacks, new reliever Saul Rivera gave up five runs on four hits with two walks in a single inning’s work.  The Dbacks traded “cash considerations” to the Indians for Rivera yesterday.  If I were them I’d reconsider how much cash is heading to Cleveland.

If they really wanted an Indians’ minor league pitcher they should have gone for Mike Gosling.

  1. Old Gator - May 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    The ’62 Mutts could have beaten the Diamondbacks behind Josh Johnson today. He was that good. I’m surprised that some of the crestfallen Crotalids didn’t just shrug and walk back to their dugout after the first pitch of their at-bat.
    Brian Barden will be a fine and useful utility player but his bat certainly won’t replace Hanley’s. More important than Hanley sitting it out today was Maybin’s three-run shot. It looks like the big guy is finally finding his power stroke. The Feesh would be truly blessed if he did.

  2. smsetnor - May 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Your Atlanta Braves will be having a business man special this Thursday!

  3. RichardInDallas - May 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Funny you should ask about the “businessman’s special” today, Craig. A guy I work with was all jazzed about having tickets to the Phillies “businessman’s special” as he was leaving for vacation to go home and visit the family in the City of Brotherly Shove. As soon as he told me about it, he asked me if I wouldn’t mind greasing the wheels on his walker and checking the pressure on his oxygen tank…

  4. Charles Gates - May 18, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    The Phils usually have a Business Man’s (sexist as it is) Special on Thursdays. In fact, that’s where I’m going for my batchelor party at the end of June, a game with the guys more so than a debauchery contest. Being as one of my three co-vice-bestmen canceled, pregnant wife about to get unpregnant within a few days of my wedding, the nerve, it’s a toss up between you and Jonny5 as to who gets the lonely ticket.

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