So much for playing the hot hand. Wes Helms is back on the bench one day after driving in 80 percent of the team's runs in a 5-3 victory over the Phillies. Emilio Bonifacio returns to third base and the top of the order as the Marlins go for -- hold your breath -- their THIRD STRAIGHT WIN:
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. John Baker, c; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Chris Coghlan, lf; 9. Andrew Miller, p.
-- Anybody happen to catch the story on Brad Penny's outing for the Red Sox last night?Penny was tossing chunks, apparently -- nearly six years to the day (May 23, 2003) that he blew chow as a Marlin. 2003 historians might recall that Penny, unable to retain his stomach contents, was scratched from his start in Cincy and replaced by Tommy Phelps. At the time, the Marlins were 10 games under .500, marking their lowest low point of the season. But Phelps got the W and the rest, as they say ad (ahem) nauseum, is history. Penny recovered and won the next night, and the Marlins never looked back.
-- The first NL All-Star voting update was released a moment ago and Hanley Ramirez is the only Marlin receiving any love. Ramirez is second in the voting among NL shortstops -- behind Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy (It's early). No other Marlin is in the top five at any other position.
-- The Marlins have signed a couple of veteran right-handed pitchers -- Gary Glover and Clay Hensley -- to help bolster their minor-league system. Hensley, who was with the Padres from 2005-08 (15-18, 4.09) started Monday for Triple A New Orleans in Las Vegas (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Glover is in extended spring training in Jupiter and will be promoted to New Orleans once his arm is strengthened. Glover has eight seasons in the majors, most recently with Detroit in 2008. Overall, Glover is 29-26 with a 5.03 ERA in 263 appearances (47 starts).
"We needed a couple more veteran guys to help because of the injuries," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development. "We needed something other than kids."