Sep 27, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour (center) is congratulated by left fielder Derek Dietrich (right) and second baseman Dee Gordon (left) after hitting a home run in the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Drop First Game Against Tigers

New season, new manager, new winning ways?  Not just yet.

The Miami Marlins opened their season at home Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.  The game went into extra innings, with the Tigers ultimately winning 8-7.

The 11-inning game was the first regular season game for Marlins first-year Manager Don Mattingly.

Wei-Yin Chen started on the mound for the Marlins over Jose Fernandez.  The decision to start Chen may not have been Mattingly’s best move.  The free agent lasted only five innings.  He allowed five runs on nine hits, and only recorded three strikeouts.

Apr 5, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) connects for a triple during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) connects for a triple during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Fernandez will make the start Wednesday night.  The right-hander has yet to record a loss at Marlins Park.

Mattingly discussed the batting order Tuesday night.

The Marlins golden child, 2nd baseman Dee Gordon, managed three doubles and a triple on the night.  The first hitter in the batting order went .500 in his 6 at bats, recording 1 RBI and scoring 2 runs.

Mattingly is happy with how Gordon is playing.

Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez will take the mound tonight.  This will be his first start since a rough 2015 season, in which he allowed a 4.99 ERA and 4.73 FIP in 157 innings.

The first pitch is to set for 4:55 p.m.

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