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             The Marlins are one of several suitors interested in obtaining outfielder Jacque Jones, who became a free agent on Thursday after he was officially released by the Detroit Tigers. Since the Tigers are picking up the bulk of Jones' salary, money is not an object and the decision where he winds up falls primarily in his court.

             His agent, Damon Lapa, said he expected a decision to be made within one to two days.

             "I don't see this being protracted," Lapa said.

            With left fielder Josh Willingham out indefinitely with a bad back and the situation in center unsettled, the Marlins have obvious needs for outfield help. It is believed that the San Diego Padres are also in the chase for Jones, a 33-year-old veteran who can play all three outfield positions.

            "There's obviously a lot of appeal playing in Florida," Lapa said.

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           Dan Uggla is on pace for 105 extra-base hits, a staggering number for a middle infielder. If he manages to make it to 80, he would become only the second second baseman in major league history to finish with at least 80 extra base hits in consecutive years.

      Hornsby                         The only other was Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby, who did it twice for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1920s.

     Uggla is also closing in on a club record for home runs in a month. Uggla has hit eight so far in May. That's one shy of the team record for May, shared by Cliff Floyd and Preston Wilson, and three shy of the Marlins record for home runs in any month -- Gary Sheffield's 11-homer April in 1996.

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