Fans angry as Marlins begin 2nd year in ballpark

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MIAMI (AP) -- As the Miami Marlins begin year two in their ballpark Monday, they're back to operating in obscurity. Given the dismal outlook this season, that may be just as well.

Thousands of empty seats are likely for the home opener against the Atlanta Braves, with a succession of small crowds to follow. Many potential ticket buyers are disenchanted because owner Jeffrey Loria has reverted to his frugal payrolls of the past, and the team is widely projected to finish last in NL East for the third year in a row.

Kevin Slowey is scheduled to start the first home game for Miami against Paul Maholm. If fans are on the edge of their seats, it may be only because they're awaiting a chance to boo Loria.