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Thin Pen and Bench: Marlins Going Short-Handed Tonight


                 Manager Fredi Gonzalez joked that he might just take his customary seat in the dugout tonight, light up a cigar, and watch the Marlins and Diamondbacks go at it at Land Shark Stadium. That's because he won't have many decisions to make, not with only 14 to 16 players at his disposal.

                 The bullpen was all but wiped out by Wednesday's doubleheader, the second-game of which went 13 innings and didn't end until 1:48 a.m. So the Marlins called up a couple of relievers from the minors today -- right-hander Cristhian Martinez and lefty Dave Davidson -- just to get through the crisis period. The Marlins made space for them on their 25-man roster by optioning outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple A New Orleans and placing Alfredo Amezaga on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to last Saturday.

                 That leaves the Marlins with just three bench players tonight: Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino. And Gonzalez said he does not plan on using any of his relievers, other than the two new arrivals, in support of starter Andrew Miller.

                 Martinez and Davidson might not be up for long, only long enough to get through tonight and, perhaps, tomorrow. The Marlins will likely call up a starter -- with Sean West looming as the favorite -- to pitch Saturday against Tampa Bay.

                 Gonzalez said there's a chance he could use someone like Burke Badenhop as a pinch-hitter early in the game.

                 "You guys won't have anything to second-guess tonight," Gonzalez told reporters.

                 Tonight's lineup:

                 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.

                 Diamondbacks: 1. Augie Ojeda, ss; 2. Ryan Roberts, 2b; 3. Justin Upton, rf; 4. Mark Reynolds, 3b; 5. Eric Byrnes, lf; 6. Chad Tracy, 1b; 7. Chris Snyder, c; 8. Chris Young, cf; 9. Max Scherzer, p.

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