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Sunday Leftovers -- Nolasco, Stanton, etc.


   1) Ricky Nolasco's fastball velocity was down a tick or two for much of Sunday's outing but he somehow held the Mets in check. Nolasco touched 91 once or twice, but was consistently in the high 80s with most of his fastballs. He attributed it to general dullness.

    "I felt terrible," Nolasco said. "But there's games where it's going to happen and you just have to go out there and battle. That's pretty much the only thing that I'm proud of myself today. Other than that, I'm not very happy with the way I threw the ball. I had a tough time getting myself going. I was trying to get going, trying to get some adrenaline going, and create some more energy. It's one of those games where you're just kind of in slow motion. I don't know how I got guys out, but I did somehow.

    2) The Marlins reaped instant dividends from manager Fredi Gonzalez's decisions to spot-sit his regulars during the Mets series. Dan Uggla had the night off on Thursday and returned on Friday to smash two home runs. It was Jorge Cantu's turn to sit on Friday. He came back on Saturday to go 3 for 5 with a RBI. Chris Coghlan wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup. But he came off the bench in the seventh inning to hit his pinch-hit home run. Don't be surprised to see Hanley Ramirez get a day off here soon. The Marlins are 13 games into a stretch of 20 consecutive games.

    3) With his home run on Sunday, Uggla took over sole possession of third place on the Marlins' all-time list with 130. Ahead of him are Mike Lowell (143) and Miguel Cabrera (138). But even assuming he gets past those two, Uggla doesn't expect to remain on top for very long. Ramirez is looming with 110 and has four years left on his contract after this one. And then there's also that Mike Stanton guy lurking in the minors.

    4) Speaking of Stanton, have you noticed that the Double A minor-leaguer has run into a slump since last week's media swarm, going 1 for his last 19?

   5) Gaby Sanchez probably has June 4 circled on his calendar. That's the next time the Marlins face the Mets. Sanchez has gone 13 for 28 with six extra-base hits against the Mets this season..Sanchez is riding a six-game hitting streak in which he has gone 11 for 26 (.423).

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