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Tankersley Optioned

           KISSIMMEE -- The Marlins optioned reliever Taylor Tankersley after the left-hander had another poor outing, allowing four earned runs while recording only one out against the Houston Astros.

           "We've got to get him fixed," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

          Tankerlsey, who has given up 15 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings (20.25 ERA) this spring, was optioned to Triple A New Orleans.

          "I've  been trying to get back to my old self and I haven't found it yet," Tankersley said after being told of his demotion "The results don't help your confidence."

          The Marlins are now looking at three southpaws to fill two bullpen spots for left-handers. Renyel Pinto is all but assured of one receiving one of them. Dan Meyer and John Koronka are battling for the other spot.