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Marlins kick off new season with high hopes

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Marlins Park is ready for the players to take to the field tonight for Opening Day.

In just a few hours, the Miami Marlins will start playing again inside their Little Havana ball park for the third year, and they are hoping for a better season. "2014 is a new season and just trying to get better and just try to help our team to win," said Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

The Marlins said they have improved their roster, and tonight, last years' Rookie of the Year pitcher, Fernandez, will take the mound.

Veteran Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will also be leading the Marlins as they prepare for their first game of the season. "Crazy, you know, it's gonna be packed out there, and you know, got a lot going on, but at the end of the day, there's a game at seven o'clock, so we gotta play," said Stanton.

Last season, the Marlins lost 100 games and lacked in attendance at the ball park, but the team is only looking forward. Marlins Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, "It's exciting, you know, got a lot of young guys here, maybe happening for the first time, so a lot of nerves, just gotta slow the game down a little bit."

Marlins officials have also decided to reduce ticket prices for season and single game tickets and provide more fan entertainment.

Tonight's opening game against the Colorado Rockies begins at 7:05 p.m. and Dolphins legend Dan Marino will be throwing the first pitch. Marlins Outfielder Christian Yelich said, "It's more excitement than anything, you know. It's kinda the day that's special for every baseball player, but I think if it's your first one and something you look forward to as a little kid, it's definitely going to be a special day."

Monday night will mark the 22nd season for the franchise. The matchup has already sold out 37,442 seats. Only standing room only sections are available.

Monday night's game is also expected to have a larger attendance than the inaugural game at Marlins Park.


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