Abreu went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, and Brandon
Duckworth had a career-high 10 strikeouts to lead the Philadelphia
Phillies over the Florida Marlins 6-2 Friday in their home opener.
"I feel happy to be here. I like playing in Philadelphia. I
like the fans, and we have a good team," said Abreu, who in
February signed a $64 million, five-year extension with a team
option that could make the deal worth $78 million.
Abreu didn't provide the only sparks.
"I really don't know if it was intentional," Florida manager
Jeff Torborg said. "It's always hard to tell. I just know two of
our big guys got hit three times. I don't want to see anybody get
The crowd of 50,958 gave third baseman Scott Rolen a warm
reception -- loud cheers overwhelmed the few boos -- in his first
game at home since he turned down a 10-year deal that could've been
worth up to $140 million. Rolen criticized management, questioned
the organization's commitment to winning and wants to become a free
agent after this season.
"I was nervous, had some anxiety," said Rolen, 2-for-2 with
three walks. "I heard quite a few cheers and it made me feel good.
If I can finish the season without making an out or an error at
home, I'd be happy with that."
The Phillies, who finished two games behind first-place Atlanta
in the NL East last season, were 14-5 against the Marlins last
season, including nine, one-run victories.
Abreu has a .360 career average against Florida with 15 homers
and 43 RBI in 239 at-bats.
"He had some bad games in Atlanta," Phillies manager Larry
Bowa said of Abreu, 1-for-10 in the opening series against the
Braves. "But Bobby knows he's a good hitter. Another guy may have
Duckworth (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He
was 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts last season.
Jose Mesa got two outs for his second save in as many chances.
"It was cold, the ball felt a little slick and I took a little
longer, making sure it was moist," Mesa said. "But I felt
Julian Tavarez (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits in three
innings in his first start for the Marlins since he was acquired
from the Cubs in the trade that sent closer Antonio Alfonseca and
starter Matt Clement to Chicago. Tavarez beat the Phillies in their
home opener last season.
Abreu, who last year became the first player in franchise
history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season, gave the
Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. An RBI groundout by Mike
Lieberthal made it 3-0 in the third.
"I walked guys when I wasn't supposed to," Tavarez said. "I
was missing spots a lot. It was one of those days. I felt good."
Duckworth pitched out of trouble in the fourth after the Marlins
got runners on second and third with no outs. He struck out Mike
Lowell and Derek Lee, but after Alex Gonzalez walked to load the
bases, Cliff Floyd scored on a wild pitch to cut it to 3-1.
Duckworth then fanned Ramon Castro to end the inning.
Players from both teams came onto the field after Cormier hit
Floyd, but nobody made it past the foul lines.
Despite some flurries and a game-time temperature of 43
degrees, the Phillies got their largest crowd at a home opener
since 58,627 came to see the defending NL champions in 1994. ...
Lieberthal, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last May, has
caught all four games this season. Bowa said the two-time All-Star
won't start Saturday. ... The Phillies swept a season-opening,
three-game series in Florida last season and swept a five-game
series in Philadelphia in late June, when the Marlins were still in
the race at 41-36. ... Lee was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He
homered in each of Florida's first three games. ... Tavarez had
been 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 games against the Phillies. ...
Duckworth's previous high was seven strikeouts against the Dodgers
on Aug. 12.