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The 30/30 Man

            Hanley Ramirez just walloped his 30th home run, a no-doubter over the scoreboard in left-center, making him only the second Marlin ever to have at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. Preston Wilson had 31 homers and 36 stolen bases for the Marlins in 2001.

         Ramirez_swinging   Meanwhile, the home run feats continue piling up for the Marlins.

            When Ramirez connected off Washington's Tim Redding here in the second inning, the Marlins became just the second team in major league history to have three infielders hit at least 30 homers. They equal a record held by the 2001 Oakland A's, who set the mark with first baseman Jason Giambi (38 HR), third baseman Eric Chavez (32) and shortstop Michael Tejada (31).

           Joining Ramirez on the Marlins' 30+ plus infield club are first baseman Mike Jacobs (32 HR) and second baseman Dan Uggla (30).

           Earlier tonight, third baseman Jorge Cantu slugged his 26th home run. When he hit No. 25 on Friday, the Marlins became the first team in big-league history to have four infielders with at least 25 homers.

           In honor of the occasion, I'll close out this post by using the old newspaper designation for "end of story."

          -30-

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