Marlins open new ballpark against champion Cards

Marlins open new ballpark against champion Cards

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 18: Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals leaps back to first base before the tag of Gaby Sanchez #15 of the Miami Marlins during a game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 18, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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by STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

KMOV.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Perched atop the Miami Marlins' colorful, provocative home-run sculpture is a blue marlin, poised for splashdown whenever the home team hits one out.

Call the artwork what you will — gaudy, goofy, grotesque, great — but there's no denying it's new. For the Marlins, that's what this season is all about.

They've become a big-spending, attention-grabbing team as they open the season at home Wednesday night against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins predict they'll contend for the NL East title — and more.

When ace Josh Johnson throws the first pitch in the new ballpark, the Marlins will begin trying to supplant the Cardinals, who mounted an improbable late-season charge to the World Series title.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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