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Marlins giving up grand slams at record pace

CHICAGO -- There's something about the Marlins pitching staff that doesn't feel so grand anymore. No, it's not just the fact Fish starters haven't won a game since April 16.

It's that they're giving up grand slams at record pace -- one every five games. Derrick Lee's fifth inning home run off starter Ricky Nolasco was the fifth the Marlins have surrendered in 25 games this season. It's also the third this week. The Marlins gave up just three last year. The team record for grand slams allowed? Seven, set in 2000 and 2001. But that was over a 162 game schedule.

Here's a look at who has taken the Marlins deep with the bases loaded...

> Austin Kearns off Josh Johnson on April 18 in the Marlins 9-6 extra innings win.
> Shane Victorino off Matt Lindstrom April 24 in Phillies 7-3 come-from-behind win.
> Omir Santos off Anibal Sanchez in the Mets 7-1 win Monday.
> Ryan Theriot off Burke Badenhop in Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Cubs.
> And Derrick Lee of Ricky Nolasco in the fifth Sunday. The Cubs currently lead 6-3 in the sixth.

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