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Rest Easy, Joe DiMaggio


   HOUSTON -- Jorge "The Streak" Cantu will be putting his 18-game hitting streak on the line tonight against the Houston Astros and right-hander Bud Norris. Cantu has a pair of hits, including a home run, in six career at bats against Norris.

    Cantu's hitting streak is the longest by a Marlin since 2002 when Kevin Millar put together a 25-game streak. Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak, also in 2002, represents the club record.

    Here are the longest Marlins hitting streaks:

   35    Luis Castillo 2002

   25 Kevin Millar   2002

   22  Luis Castillo 1999

   22 Edgar Renteria 1996

   21 Greg Colbrunn   1996

   19  Luis Castillo 2000


    Cool to see that Millar has landed an analyst's gig at MLB Network. Probably one of the greatest clubhouse cut-ups I've ever encountered. This is the same guy who had the gaul to have McDonald's cheeseburgers and french fries catered to the Marlins spring training clubhouse in Viera when it was his day to provide the lunch spread. Teammates repaid the prank by placing some of the cheesebugers in right field, which Millar discovered when he took his position. And only Millar could dare bring a smile to Alex "Sea Bass" Gonzalez by attaching a mechanized, singing trophy bass fish to the shortstop's locker, as Millar did several years back when he was still with the Marlins. The Red Sox are going to claim the guy for the three years he spent in Boston, one of which culminated in a World Series title. But Millar spent more time in the Marlins organization, which dredged him out of the independent league St. Paul Saints in 1993. He's must-see TV in my book.

  LINEUPS:

  MARLINS: 1. Cameron Maybin, cf; 2. Chris Coghlan, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. John Baker, c; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 9. Josh Johnson, p.

   ASTROS: 1. Michael Bourn, cf; 2. Jeff Keppinger, ss; Lance Berkman, 1b; 4. Carlos Lee, lf; 5. Hunter Pence, rf; 6. Pedro Feliz, 3b; 7. Kaz Matsui, 2b; 8. Humberto Quintero, c; 9. Bud Norris, p.

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