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Nats’ Dobbs: ‘Stanton has strong work ethic’

By Bill Ladson

WASHINGTON — Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is having the best year of his career, thus far. Entering Friday’s action, Stanton was hitting .318 with a National League-leading 15 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Nationals infielder Greg Dobbs played with Stanton for three-plus years, and Dobbs is not surprised by the season he is having.

“He is getting better so quickly at his age. He understands the strike zone so much better. His pitch selection has improved dramatically. He is just an athletic phenomenon. I was fortunate to play with him for 3 1/2 years and how he goes about his business. He takes it very seriously. A lot of people think he just shows up to the park and just plays the game. No, he has a very strong work ethic. He takes what he does very seriously.”

Ever since he entered the league in 2010, Stanton has been a nuisance to the Nationals.  During his career, Stanton is 70-for-258 (.317) with 21 home runs and 50 RBIs. At Nationals Park, Stanton has a .336 batting average with 14 home runs and 27 RBIs.

Asked why he is having so much success at Nationals Park, Dobbs said, “There are just some places where guys just really love to hit in, and this just happens to be one of those parks for him. He feels comfortable in the box. He sees the ball well here, obviously. I just think it’s one of those things where he feels very comfortable hitting here.”

Thursday’s starting lineups for the Marlins, Nationals

Marlins
Juan Pierre — LF
Placido Polanco — 3B
Giancarlo Stanton –RF
Greg Dobbs — 1B
Justin Ruggiano– CF
Rob Brantly — C
Donovan Solano — 2B
Adieny Hechavrria — SS
Wade LeBlanc — P

Nationals
Denard Span — CF
Jayson Werth — RF
Bryce Harper — RF
Ryan Zimmerman — 3B
Adam LaRoche — 1B
Ian Desmond– SS
Danny Espinosa — 2B
Wilson Ramos — C
Jordan Zimmermann –P

Wednesday’s starting lineup for Marlins, Nationals

Marlins
Juan Pierre — LF
Donvovan Solano — 2B
Giancarlo Stanton — RF
Placido Polanco — 3B
Justin Ruggiano — CF
Casey Kotchman — 1B
Miguel Olivo — C
Adeiny Hechavarria — SS
Kevin Slowey — P

Nationals
Denard Span –CF
Jayson Werth — RF
Bryce Harper — LF
Ryan Zimmerman — 3B
Adam LaRoche — 1B
Ian Desmond — SS
Danny Espinosa — 2B
Kurt Suzuki — C
Gio Gonzalez — P

Rival Q&A: Giancarlo Stanton

Since he entered the Major Leagues in 2011, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has had plenty of success against the Nationals, hitting .341 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs. MLB.com caught up with Stanton recently to talk about his performances against the Nationals.

MLB.com:  Ever since you came into the league, your biggest success has come against the Nationals. How do you explain it?

Giancarlo Stanton: You can’t attest it to anything specific. They have one of the best pitching staffs in the league. There is nothing I can say that clicks against them. It’s just one of those things.

MLB.com: Most of your success has come at Nationals Park.

Stanton: It has a great backdrop. You can see the ball pretty well out here. There isn’t anything special other than that.

MLB.com: On Twitter, I call you the living legend because of what you do against the Nationals. When you hear that, what do you think?

Stanton: Thank you. That’s cool. You have to take it for what it’s worth knowing there are other great players. I’ll keep pushing forward and play.

MLB.com: The Marlins didn’t play badly during Spring Training. How do you think they will do this season?

Stanton: The spring is completely different from what we are about to go through now. I’ll take the energy from spring and hope to put it together [for this season]. We are going to have adversity and we are going to have great competition. We have to step up.

It’s all up in the air. We have to put it together. We’ll be fine. It could go either way. It’s one of those things where we have the tools to do it. So we have to surprise some people. It’s how long those tools are going to stay sharp, or are we going to go out?

MLB.com: Bryce Harper once tweeted that he wouldn’t mind having you as a teammate. He said this after you were upset about the Marlins being dismantled during the offseason. What was your reaction to Harper’s comments?

Stanton: It was cool. We would all love to play together. Us in the same lineup would be ridiculous. It was all in good pleasure, all fun.

 MLB.com: A lot of fans would love to see you play in DC because of your success at Nationals Park. How good is it to know that the fans in DC respect you?

Stanton: It’s good. When fans who are not from your city respect the way you play and know the type of player that you are, it’s such a good feeling.

MLB.com: What kind of season do you think you will have?

Stanton: I have to be locked in. Everybody says that every year. I say more so this year because … there is not added pressure, but obviously more people are looking to me this year than in  previous years. I don’t need to live up to anybody’s expectations. That’s not my focus. I need to live up to what I’m capable of. That’s one day at a time, that’s one at-bat at a time.

Opening Day lineups for Marlins, Nationals

Here are the Opening Day lineups for the Marlins and Nationals.

Marlins

Juan Pierre — LF

Chris Coghlan–CF

Giancarlo Stanton– RF

Placido Polanco–3B

Rob Brantly–C

Donovan Solano — 2B

Casey Kotchman–1B

Adeiny Hechavarria — SS

Ricky Nolasco — RHP

Nationals

Denard Span–CF

Jayson Werth–RF

Bryce Harper –LF

Ryan Zimmerman–3B

Adam LaRoche –1B

Ian Desmond — SS

Danny Espinosa –2B

Wilson Ramos — C

Stephen Strasburg–RHP

Wednesday’s lineups for Nats, Marlins

Marlins
Bonifacio–3B
Infante–2B
Dobbs–1B
Ramirez–SS
Morrison–LF
Stanton–RF
Cameron–CF
Buck–C
Vazquez–P

Nationals
Hairston–LF
Cora–SS
Zimmerman–3B
Morse–1B
Nix–RF
Espinosa–2B
Ankiel–CF
Flores–C
Hernandez–P

Tuesday’s lineup for Nats, Marlins

Nationals
Hairston, 2b
Werth, rf
Zimmerman, 3b
LaRoche, 1b
Morse, lf
Ankiel, cf
Ramos, c
Cora, ss
Marquis, rhp

Marlins
Coghlan, cf
Infante, 2b
Ramirez, ss
Sanchez, 1b
Morrison, lf
Buck, c
Murphy, 3b
Bonifacio, rf
Sanchez, rhp

Twitter poll: Who was wrong in brawl between Nats vs. Fish?

About 20 minutes after the Nationals and Marlins found themselves in a brawl on Wednesday night, I asked my twitter followers this question: Who do you think was at fault when it comes to the brawl between the Nats and Marlins? Nyjer Morgan or Chris Volstad? Why? Here’s what the followers had to say.

@eenyy820: Tough to say. On one hand, the Fish were up 15-5 and Volstad threw behind him. On the other hand, Morgan gotten negative publicity and charged the mound

@khillock: Morgan! He should expect retaliation for the nonsense he’s been pulling. He looks like he’s searching for trouble.

@DCyetti: I agree RT @Section222 Olsen is at fault. If the game wasn’t a blowout, Marlins wouldn’t have thrown at Nyjer a second time.

@tradepolicyguy: Volstad for throwing behind Morgan. No reason to escalate it

@junebugskippin: It takes two to tango

@cheist: Volstadt…No question. Nyjer had already been hit once

@TheNatsBlog: Nyjer Morgan. Walk away

@ShakyKnee: Volstad and the Marlins. Bean him once ok, but he never broke a rule. Played the game hard in my mind.

@tommyalanson: Come on, it’s Nyjer. I’m glad that clown got clothes lined. He knew they’d be going after him after that bad hit on their catcher.

 @CapitolBaseball: Nyjer. Way too many incidents in the last two weeks to justify that behavior. But realistically, both share some responsibility.

@TheRealAdamGee: Nyjer Morgan is at fault. He didn’t need to go and steal those two bases.

@TheNinerInsider: Nyjer Morgan. He’s pushing everybody’s buttons lately.

@thebrowncoat: You don’t throw behind a guy, but Nyjer was asking for it. Stealing those bases — you knew it was coming.

@jpminter: Volstad shouldn’t have thrown at him the second time.

@TigersScorecard: Morgan for sure. You’re running into catchers on purpose, you better expect a pitch behind you. This is baseball. Keep your cool.

@UnkleWheez: Nyjer, He stole bases after being hit and just doesn’t get it.

@szul: Both. But Morgan’s going to get the bulk of the blame from the press.

@M_OMalley: Volstad. You can’t spend the entire game wrapped up in retaliation. You have to let things roll off your back once in a while.

@CraigMac: Both. Nyjer has an attitude problem and needs anger management. Volstad needs to follow the code — once he is hit, it’s over.

@kevin_reiss: Volstad shouldn’t have thrown behind Nyjer, especially after hitting him earlier. But Nyjer set himself up for this.

@natsnq: Volstad already plugged Nyjer.Why do it twice except to do it with malice? Nyjer should have socked him harder in the head.

@SodaPop6548: Volstad hit three batters tonight. If Morgan had gotten hit just once it wouldn’t have happened. The Marlins instigated it.

@KimCinAZ: Morgan because he’s brought this on this series.

@welovedcsports: I gotta say both. Nyjer brought it on by stealing second and third, but Volstad threw behind him. Twice in one game? Seems a bit much.

@Bill_Busch: Morgan at fault. Stealing the bases down 11 was bush league.

@dvillavicencio6: Morgan has been looking for a fight for about a week now.

@bart__davis: Both. Stupid baseball bravado.

@RealMurphy: They had both had the opportunity to act like men, but they both chose to act like selfish children.

@AJGibbs: Riggleman is the one to blame. Control your center fielder. Stealing bases down by 10 runs. He put his teammates in danger tonight.

@rolmeda: If you’re manager had acted instead of coddling/excusing bully Nyjer, none of it would have happened

@nat_meg: Volstad’s for sure. The message only needed to be sent once, and he did that by plunking Nyjer in the ribs. Should Nyjer have retaliated? Absolutely not. In some ways, they both deserved it, but the fault is Volstad’s for enabling.

Starting lineups for Nats, Marlins

Marlins:

Ramirez – SS

Morrison – LF

Sanchez, G. – 1B

Uggla – 2B

Ross – CF

Stanton – RF

Murphy – 3B

Hayes – C

Nolasco – P

Nationals:

Bernadina – CF

Desmond – SS

Dunn – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Morse – RF

Kennedy – 2B

Rodriguez – C

Harris – LF

Hernandez – P

Nationals, Marlins starting lineups

Nationals
Morgan-CF
Guzman-SS
Zimmerman-3B
Dunn-1B
Willingham-LF
Bernadina-RF
Kennedy-2B
Nieves-C
Stammen-P

Marlins
Bonifacio-LF
Sanchez -1B
Ramirez-SS
Uggla-2B
Cantu-3B
Ross-CF
Stanton- RF
Paulino-C
Sanabia-P

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