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Where's the Pop?


   Over the past nine games, only two Marlins have hit home runs: Mike Stanton and seldom-used backup catcher Brett Hayes. Other than Stanton, none of the other regulars have hit a home run since Dan Uggla went deep in Atlanta on July 4. Jorge Cantu has been stuck on 10 home runs since June 23. Ronny Paulino hasn't hit one out since May 23. Cody Ross has one blast in his last 31 games. Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez last homered on July 2.

  The 2008 Marlins hit 208 home runs, second-most in the NL

  The 2009 Marlins hit 159 home runs, seventh-most in the NL.

  This season's Marlins are on pace to hit 143 home runs this season and presently rank 10th in the NL. They haven't hit fewer than 143 since 2005 when they finished with 128 bops, which ranked 15th in the NL.

  TRENDING FLAT....The Marlins have gone 8-11 since Edwin Rodriguez took over for fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on June 23....The Marlins last eight games have gone: W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L.

  DOWN ON THE FARM....Chris Volstad won Friday for Triple A New Orleans, his second strong start since being demoted. In his two outings, Volstad has given up two runs in 13 innings. Have to figure he's not long for a recall...Logan Morrison was back in left field last night for the Zephyrs...If the Marlins intend to call up Morrison, play him in left and put Chris Coghlan in the infield, there's been no indication of it on the major league end. Coghlan hasn't taken a ground ball in the infield since the start of spring training. In fact, Coghlan said he gave away all his infield gloves not long after the Marlins turned him into an outfielder.

   LINEUPS:

   Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b; 5. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Josh Johnson.

   Nationals: 1. Nyjer Morgan, cf; 2. Roger Bernadina, rf; 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b; 4. Adam Dunn, 1b; 5. Josh Willingham, lf; 6. Ivan Rodriguez, c; 7. Adam Kennedy, 2b; 8. Ian Desmond, ss; 9. Livan Hernandez, p.

   Umpires: HP -- Paul Nauert; 1B -- Dan Bellino; 2B -- Tony Randazzo; 3B -- Brian Gorman

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