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GAME DAY RECAP Saturday, April 10








MIAMI (AP) -- Hee Seop Choi watched from the bench as his Florida teammates received their World Series rings Saturday.


It was all the motivation he needed.


Choi homered twice, wanting to do what he could to get his own ring, and the Marlins rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.


Choi's leadoff homer in the sixth tied the game at 3, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run shot in the seventh to help Florida beat the Phillies for the 12th time in 14 games. The Phillies have lost nine in a row in Miami.


"I was envious," Choi said through an interpreter. "I wanted one, too. That motivated me."


The pregame ring ceremony delayed the game for more than 15 minutes and seemed to incite Philadelphia, which took an early 3-0 lead before the bullpen blew it for the second consecutive night.


The Marlins played much like they did last postseason. They started their comeback in the fourth when Choi homered to right with two outs. Alex Gonzalez doubled to open the fifth and scored on Juan Pierre's single.


Phillies starter Brett Myers allowed another hit and two walks, prompting bench coach Gary Varsho to go to the bullpen early. Varsho was filling in for Admin Bowa, who served a one-game suspension for spring training beanballs. Bowa watched the game on television from the visiting manager's office.


He saw Choi even the game with his third homer of the season. The left-handed hitter was supposed to struggle at spacious Pro Player Stadium. Instead, the player nicknamed "Big IHOP" by manager Jack McKeon has six of the team's 18 RBI.


"We knew he had good power," McKeon said. "It was just a matter of being consistent."


Luis Castillo singled off Rheal Cormier in the seventh, forcing another pitching change, and Cabrera drove Roberto Hernandez's first pitch into the left-field seats.


Before Friday night's game, Cormier (1-2) had not lost since August 2002. Now he has dropped two in two nights to the Marlins.


"They never give up," Hernandez said. "That's a good ballclub, a young ballclub. There's not a game that they think they're out of. It's why they won well over 50 games at home last year. This ballpark works well for them. They don't give games away, and if you make a mistake, they make you pay."


Darren Oliver (1-0) gave the Marlins another strong start. He allowed eight hits and two earned runs in seven innings. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.


Oliver went 13-11 with a 5.04 ERA in 33 games for Colorado last season. He is expected to keep the No. 5 spot in the rotation until right-hander A.J. Burnett completes his rehabilitation from reconstructive elbow surgery.


Oliver, like Choi, was fueled by watching the ring ceremony from afar.


"I'm jealous," he said. "I want one."


The Phillies were picked by many to win the NL East. But they are off to a 1-4 start after blowing a second straight three-run lead and losing to the Marlins again.


"It's not a big deal right now because they're going to get theirs," Myers said of the Marlins. "We'll get it going and jell, and it will be trouble for them."


Still, Myers noticed the Marlins have changed little from last season, when they won it all with strong pitching and timely hitting.


"They're a scrappy team," he said. "They're the world champions. What they did tonight is what they did last year. They come back on you, and they always fight back. They're not a team that panics just because they're down three or four runs."


Game notes

Phillies OF Pat Burrell extended his torrid start with his eighth hit. He is batting .444. ... The Marlins, who led the majors last season with 150 stolen bases, swiped their first Saturday night. Mike Lowell, one of the team's slowest players, did it. ... The champs had their second sellout of the season, with 45,725 on hand for "ring night."

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Like I said in the title of another thread, "Next Victim".


We've all played enough sports that we know what iit's like when another team comes back on you again and again. It eats at you, knaws at the deep recesses of your mind.


I hope we do it to them again tomorrow night and have them leave town thinking there's nothing they can do to win here.

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Hey Brett Myers - Up yours!!!!!!!!


The Marlins did get theirs tonight - Nice big World Series Champs Rings!!!!!!



They definitely got theirs....This is tipycal from a guy coming from a team that thinks they own this division. They should open their eyes and see that this division won't be easy, because the Marlins will keep fighting all year long!!



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