04/05/12 4:30 PM ET
Marlins taking it easy with LoMo, start Coghlan
By Jeff Wallner / Special to MLB.com
Morrison, who started in left field and went 1-for-3 in Wednesday night's inaugural game at Marlins Park, is still nursing a sore knee. The combination of a day game after a night game, and the relatively cool weather in Cincinnati, factored in the decision to keep Morrison on the bench.
Despite playing nine innings for the first time since last season, Morrison said he was encouraged by how good he felt after Wednesday's game.
"It actually feels pretty good today, probably better than it did yesterday," he said. "With the day off tomorrow ... it'll feel that much better on Saturday. It's day by day."
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he planned to limit Morrison whenever possible as a precautionary measure.
"We had a plan," Guillen said. "He's not starting today, we have a day off tomorrow. Hopefully that'll give him more time to recover and prevent any problems. We don't want to babysit him. But we need to be careful."
Despite the quick departure for Cincinnati after Wednesday night's game, Morrison said there was ample time for him to get treatment on the knee following Miami's opening loss.
"We got all that stuff done," he said. "Unfortunately we didn't swing the bat well, so it was a quick game."
Miami not worried about lack of hitting in opener
CINCINNATI -- The general consensus among Marlins players was that Wednesday night's four-hit performance in the opener at Marlins Park was just one game, and not the precursor to a trend for the Marlins, who had a relatively light-hitting spring.
Logan Morrison believes the Marlins hit the ball better Wednesday night off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse than the statistics indicate. Lohse carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Cardinals' 4-1 win.
"We hit the ball well yesterday, we just found gloves," Morrison said.
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton said it was also too early to speculate whether Marlins Park will inevitably play as a hitter's park.
"Everyone is over-analyzing a little bit," Stanton said.
As for the hype surrounding the inaugural game at Marlins Park factoring into the loss, manager Ozzie Guillen said, "People say we lost because of all the stuff going around us. No, we lost because they played better than we did."
Marlins arrive in Cincy in the middle of the night
CINCINNATI -- It was a quick turnaround for the bleary-eyed Marlins, who arrived in Cincinnati at around 3 a.m. ET on Thursday. After Wednesday night's historic opener at Marlins Park, Miami had to do it all over again for the traditional Opening Day game at Great American Ball Park.
Thursday originally was going to be a day off for them, but Opening Day in Cincinnati was moved up a day in response to backlash over playing the game on Good Friday. But Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said lack of sleep is part of the job.
"I expect them to go out there and play," Guillen said. "We make a lot of money to play this game. We should be ready to go."
Cincinnati Opening Day pageantry felt by Miami
CINCINNATI -- Marlins outfielder Austin Kearns played five seasons with the Reds, so he's intimately familiar with the hype surrounding Opening Day in Cincinnati, which now is an officially recognized holiday in the Queen City.
"It's an all-day, and all-night event here," Kearns said. "People pack the streets downtown. It's crazy."
The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade drew thousands to downtown streets. Some streets just outside Great American Ball Park were closed for a large block party. Church bells in the city could be heard playing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Logan Morrison said the festivities provided a wakeup call for some Marlins players at their hotel.
"I heard the music from the block party; actually it was pretty cool," Morrison said.
Ozzie Guillen did not place blame on third baseman Hanley Ramirez for a couple of misplays in the infield during Wednesday night's loss. In fact, the Marlins' skipper praised Ramirez's progress at his new position.
"He's much better than I thought," Guillen said. "I thought we were going to have more work to do with him at third base. He's a good athlete. Maybe before his career is over, he can win a Gold Glove there. He's got a chance. But that's up to him."
The Marlins historically have struggled in Cincinnati, going 31-49 here, including just five wins in their past 20 games. The club lost 11 consecutive games in Cincinnati from May 13, 1998, to May 26, 2000. But the Marlins did go 3-3 against the Reds last season, including 2-1 at Great American Ball Park.
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.