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Miami Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen reacts to early ending of ‘The Franchise’

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

Showtime will air its final episode of The Franchise on Wednesday, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he can understand why.

“The way we play, who wants to watch that [expletive]?" Guillen said. “I don’t want to watch it. Every time I watch an episode, I get depressed. With the voice of the [narrator] ... ‘And the Marlins lost again. And they have a tough time ...’ ’’

Guillen said he thinks the series might have changed the perception others have of him by humanizing him in a positive way.

“I think people like me more now because of that show,’’ Guillen said. "People used to hate me for no reason.

“Now that they see the show, they [think] ’This guy is not bad.’ A lot of people [told Guillen] that ’I thought you were different.’ They saw me with my family. They see the way I respect players. I think people now know a little bit more about me."

Guillen said Jacob Turner will make his Marlins debut on Wednesday when he starts one of the two games in the day-night doubleheader. The 21-year-old right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his five starts for Triple A New Orleans since joining the Marlins’ organization in the July 23 trade with Detroit.

Guillen said that, more than likely, Turner will start the first game of the DH. Beyond that, however, the plans for Turner the rest of the season are less certain. Guillen said he would prefer that Turner remain in the rotation so that the Marlins can get a read on him as they look ahead to 2013. But that would mean either going with a six-man rotation the rest of the way or taking someone out.

“We’ve talked about different scenarios, about how we’re going to keep the kid in the rotation,’’ Guillen said. “We’re still debating.’’

The Marlins acquired Turner and catcher Rob Brantly from Detroit in exchange for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.

Seeking protection

Guillen acknowledged that finding lineup protection for Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t been easy.

“Look around,’’ Guillen said. “Like, who? I need the FBI to protect him. Nobody on this team can. No one here can protect him.’’

The Rockies twice walked Stanton intentionally on Sunday to bring up Donnie Murphy and John Buck. The Marlins failed to score both times. But Guillen said the Rockies would have walked Stanton in those situations whether it was Murphy or anyone else hitting behind him.

Guillen said those who criticized his decision to bat Murphy behind Stanton didn’t raise a beef previous nights in Colorado when Greg Dobbs (game one of the series), Donovan Solano (game two) and Brantly (game three) hit directly behind Stanton, who homered in each of those games.

Guillen had Justin Ruggiano hitting behind Stanton on Monday when the Marlins opened a four-game set against Arizona.

Guillen said that, ideally, he would prefer to bat Stanton in the No. 3 spot. But, for now, he likes having Reyes there and Emilio Bonifacio in the leadoff spot.

Coming up

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-12, 4.94 ERA) at Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.75), 9:40 p.m., Chase Field.

•  Wednesday (doubleheader): First game — Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (no appearances) at Arizona Diamondbacks TBA, 3:40 p.m., Chase Field; Second game — Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 2.50) at Diamondbacks LHP Wade Miley (13-8, 2.96), 9:40 p.m.

•  Scouting report: In his 20 career road starts against the five teams in the N.L. West — Arizona, Los Angeles, Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco — Nolasco is 14-5 with a 3.64 ERA.

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