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No Can Tu: First Baseman Remains Out of Lineup

                      Ross Gload is back at first base tonight while Jorge Cantu remains out with a bruised hand and wrist. Cantu said he hopes to be back in the lineup on Saturday but won't know for sure until he tests the injury in batting practice. Cantu received a cortisone injection on Wednesday to speed the healing process.

                      Meanwhile, the Marlins enter their 3-game homestand with the Phillies mired in a pronounced offensive drought. Over their last six games, the Marlins have had the lead in just four of a total 57 innings, and at no time during the entire 3-game series in Pittsburgh in which they were swept by the Pirates.

                      Still no word on the identity of Sunday's starter, though speculation tends to favor Sean West, Graham Taylor or Burke Badenhop. Larry Beinfest said he expects an announcement to be made after Saturday's game.

                      Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. John Baker, c; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Ross Gload, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Josh Johnson, p.

                      Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Shane Victorino, cf; 3. Chase Utley, 2b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Jayson Werth, rf; 6. Raul Ibanez, lf; 7. Pedro Feliz, 3b; 8. Lou Marson, c; 9. Brett Myers, p.

                      On Friday, the Marlins claimed left-handed reliever Dave Davidson off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned him to Triple A New Orleans. Davidson appeared in two games for the Pirates in 2007 and was with their Triple A club this season before being designated for assignment.

                      "With (Taylor) Tankersley gone down for awhile, it's nice to have another left-hander to go to," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development and scouting. "We don't have a whole lot of left-handers, so it adds depth to the left-handers. He's still young."

                     

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LEO NUNEZ FOR CLOSER.

MATT LINDSTROM CAN GO TO TRIPLE A.

ron f

as i said this winter lindstrom is no closer....numbe rone the kid is nervous as a 18 year old...can't anyone see that? he overthrows and his 96-98 mph fastball is straight as an arrow....he has no other pitches he can throw for strikes....let this be the last closing he does tonight and put Nunez in there...at least he can throw strikes

Drew

Fredi Gonzales is terrible or the players as a whole won't just cut it with lazy play. hy does his contract get extended? When the pitcher can't close, he needs to get taken out. Jack McKeon took the Ball out of Billy Koch's hand on a 3-1 count one time when he couldn't close. Sometimes I wonder if the people on this team are mentally tough enough to make the playoffs. Just PATHETIC.

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