ATLANTA -- The Facebook pages of several major-league teams were hacked into Thursday, and the Marlins were among the victims.
For a brief moment, the Marlins Facebook page, which has 278,711 likes, promised the first 10,000 fans 18 and under “a free rescued fighting pit bull courtesy of the Dade County Animal Rescue League.”
The announcement stayed up for a few minutes before being taken down. Pit bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County. Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle earlier this year specifically moved his family to Broward County so he could keep his pet pit bull. The Marlins deferred comment to MLB Advanced Media, which runs the Facebook pages of all 30 teams.
On other team pages that were hacked: The Yankees announced that shortstop Derek Jeter would undergo “sex reassignment surgery’’; the Padres strongly discouraged attendance by the handicapped; the Nationals announced the team was going back to Montreal; the Cubs proclaimed “[Expletive] Bill Murray’’; the Giants made a derogatory Chick-Fil-A comment; and the White Sox announced, “Everybody knows President [ Barack] Obama is a diehard ChiSox Fan. Unfortunately, we’re voting for [ Mitt] Romney. #Muslim President.”
MLB Advanced Media released this statement about the incident: “For a brief moment today, a few MLB Club Facebook accounts were hacked and inappropriate material was briefly on display from those Clubs’ pages on Facebook. MLB Advanced Media oversees these Facebook pages on behalf of the Clubs and regrets this occurrence. We are working with Facebook, Major League Baseball Security and, where appropriate, legal authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding this situation.”
Outfielders Justin Ruggiano (back spasms) and Bryan Petersen (sore right shoulder) were held out of the lineup Thursday and could be out a couple more days, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.
Ruggiano said he injured himself throwing a ball back into the infield Tuesday night following a rain delay of 1 hour 53 minutes. Petersen said he tweaked his AC joint attempting to make a diving catch in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Atlanta.
With the Marlins bench thin, Guillen said he plans to use reliever Carlos Zambrano, a three-time Silver Slugger and .238 career hitter with 24 home runs, as a pinch-hitter if needed.
• As expected, left-hander Brad Hand (8-5, 3.66 ERA, 116 strikeouts, 54 walks at Triple A New Orleans) will be added to the roster and pitch in the first game of a doubleheader Friday against the Nationals. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to add an additional 26th player for a doubleheader before they are sent back to the minors.
• Friday: Game 1 — Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Washington Nationals LHP John Lannan (1-0, 2.57), 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park. Game 2 — Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.04) at Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (13-5, 3.27), Nationals Park.
• Saturday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (9-10, 3.60) at Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 2.28), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-10, 4.90) at Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12), 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park.
• Scouting report: The Marlins are 5-4 against the Nationals but 0-2 against them on the road this season.