Marlins' rotation order set up nicely for season

Marlins' rotation order set up nicely for season

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The starting rotation is lined up the way the Marlins want it.

Pitching coach Randy St. Claire confirmed that Ricky Nolasco will pitch Sunday and Carlos Zambrano on Monday in the two-game exhibition series against the Yankees at Marlins Park.

That sets the starting five up with Josh Johnson going Opening Night, April 4, and Mark Buerhle getting the nod for Miami's second game, April 5, in Cincinnati.

Nolasco is the Marlins' No. 3 starter, and he will pitch April 7 against the Reds, with Zambrano taking the hill the following day. Anibal Sanchez, who is a little behind the other starters in terms of being stretched out this spring, will wait until April 9 for his first start, in Philadelphia for the Phillies' home opener.

Sanchez will be ready to throw about 90-95 pitches for that first start, while the others should be able to go 100-105 pitches in their first turn through the rotation.