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Ex-Marlin Cody Ross recalls 2006 team’s resurgence

 
 
Cody Ross of the Arizona Diamondbacks is shown Feb. 20, 2013.
Cody Ross of the Arizona Diamondbacks is shown Feb. 20, 2013.
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When Cody Ross saw how miserable the Marlins were in April and early May of 2006, he wanted desperately to play for them. And when his desire came true on May 26 of that year when the Reds traded him to the Marlins, Ross said he “let out this outburst scream — yes!”

Ross, who is in town with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was reminiscing about ’06 on Saturday when it was mentioned that the current Marlins had the same franchise-worst record — 11-31 — that the ’06 Marlins did at the same point.

And that team took off from there, climbing back above .500 and entering the fringe of playoff contention in early September with a roster full of rookies and Miguel Cabrera.

“Maybe they can do the same thing,” Ross said of the 2013 Marlins.

Can lightning strike twice? Highly doubtful. But manager Mike Redmond insists the Marlins aren’t finished even though most indications suggest that they are badly overmatched, especially with so many players on the disabled list.

“Nobody’s giving up here,” Redmond said. “Nobody’s quitting.”

Roof record

The roof at Marlins Park was closed Saturday for the first time during the homestand, and nobody was complaining. After all, the Marlins are 0-12 this year in games played when the roof has been open.

“I can’t sit here and tell you I wasn’t happy when I saw that thing closing,” Redmond joked before batting practice Saturday. “If it were up to me, we’ll never open that thing again. I’ll go up and punch the button myself.”

Actually, Redmond said the team’s roof record is likely just a coincidence.

Rauch sent down

After veteran reliever Jon Rauch failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in Friday’s ninth inning, the Marlins designated him for assignment while calling up left-handed pitcher Duane Below from Triple A New Orleans. Below will serve as a long reliever out of the bullpen.

“He gives us another lefty who can throw multiple innings,” Redmond said.

Below, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers in late April, made 41 appearances, including three starts, for Detroit in 2011-12. He was being used as a starter at New Orleans, where he was 2-2.

• Single A Jupiter will have three major-leaguers on its roster next week. In addition to Logan Morrison, who is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Jupiter on Monday, first basemen Casey Kotchman and Joe Mahoney will be joining him there sometime next week to start their rehab assignments, as well.

• The Marlins signed infielder Gil Velazquez to a minor-league deal.

Coming up

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 4.39 ERA) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Wade Miley (3-2, 3.75), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00) vs. Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Nolasco is 7-9 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 career starts at Marlins Park. All-time against Arizona, Nolasco is 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA in eight career starts.

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