Having had the last few days to take in all of Marlins Park as he prepares for his next start, Miami right-hander Alex Sanabia has come to a few conclusions.
"I have been watching how the park is playing. You take everything into consideration as you look at this park," Sanabia said. "It's a big ballpark. As a pitcher, it's great when you have a pitchers' ballpark. It's going to be exciting making my first home start ever in this stadium."
Sanabia will look to take advantage of the park's size and gaps when he toes the rubber on Wednesday against the Braves in Miami.
The righty picked up his first win of the 2013 season on Friday against the Mets, tossing six scoreless innings for his first win in the Majors since Sept. 22, 2010.
"I like his presence on the mound. He's made some starts in the big leagues, so he's been out there before," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He did a great job in New York on a tough, cold night."
Sanabia will be up against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor, who started this season the way he finished the last.
Allowing just one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Friday, Minor has now surrendered one run or fewer in five of his past six starts. He also has a minuscule 2.05 ERA in his last 16 starts.
"I'm not going to say I'm going to have a game like this every time," Minor said after the start. "But I had the confidence going into the season that I was going to attack hitters like I did last year."
Minor went 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in four starts against the Marlins last season, striking out 12 in 20 1/3 innings pitched.
Braves: Gattis serving as cleanup hitter
With first baseman Freddie Freeman sidelined until at least April 22 with a strained right oblique muscle, the Braves have determined that Evan Gattis is the player best-suited to fill the cleanup spot.
So, instead of sharing the catching duties with Gerald Laird, Gattis will now serve as the team's primary catcher. He made his third consecutive start in Tuesday night's game against the Marlins, and he hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat.
"Maybe we go two-to-one or three-to-one with Gattis, because he can fill that four-hole spot for you," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Now if all of the sudden we start clicking on all cylinders, maybe we can go back to one-and-one or two-and-two or every-other-one."
Marlins: Team notices difference in turf
The Marlins decided to use different brands of turf than they did last season, and the players have noticed.
Now, the field is a bright green, and the new surface is very slick compared to a year ago, when it was more sandy and did not grow consistently.
"It's firm and fast," center fielder Justin Ruggiano said. "Compared to last year, it's great. They've done a great job with it. I think as the season goes on, it will get a little thicker, maybe. I'm guessing. I was an agricultural major, so I should know. I should know they have a combination of grasses out there and how long it will take."
A year ago, the brand of turf used on the field was called Celebration. The park now has two different styles of grass. In the field and foul territory is Platinum TE Paspalum, and in the outfield is Tifway 419, a type of Bermuda grass, which is similar to what is used at Turner Field in Atlanta.
• The Braves bullpen has not allowed any of its 10 inherited runners to score this season.
• Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre stole his first base of the season on Tuesday. He now has 592 in his career, the most among active players.