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Josh Johnson likely to return on June 7

    LOS ANGELES -- Manager Edwin Rodriguez says he's more inclined to have Josh Johnson make his next start on June 7 rather than push matters and have him return on June 1, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

    "I'm leaning to make sure he's 100 percent whenever he comes back," Rodriguez said. "If there's any doubt that he will be 99 percent coming off the DL, that won't work for me. We should make sure that whenever he comes off he's 100 percent."

    The Marlins were thinking that Johnson would be ready on June 1, the final day of the road trip. But, with an off day on Thursday, June 2, the Marlins could move Johnson's start back to June 7 and not have to drum up a starter like they're doing here Saturday when reliever Brian Sanches will take the mound.

    Johnson, who has been on the DL since May 21 with right shoulder inflammation, has done nothing more than play catch so far. Rodriguez said he could throw off a bullpen mound for the first time within the next three days.

    "So far he's painless," Rodriguez said. "Now he's trying to get his strength back. I think one bullpen for me would be pushing it. I would like to see two bullpens from him -- three bullpens from him -- to make sure he's 100 percent."


     As long as Rodriguez doesn't have to dip into his bullpen early tonight when Javier Vazquez takes the mound, he'll send out Sanches on Saturday for what would be the pitcher's first big-league start and use a cast of relievers to make it through the rest of the way.

     Sanches said he's looking forward to the opportunity, especially since it comes at Dodger Stadium, where he made his major league debut as a reliever.

     "I'm excited," he said. "It's crazy. I was telling my wife before the season, 'Man, I'd like to start a game I think. It would be cool to start a game.'"

     Rodriguez said Sanches will be limited to no more than 50 or 60 pitches.


     The Marlins' reward for sweeping the Giants in San Francisco?

     Team president David Samson and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest ponied up and bought In-N-Out burgers -- a West Coast delicacy -- for the team's charter flight down to L.A. All 200 of the burgers were long gone by the time the plane touched down at LAX.Inandout

      "I guess that's what happens when you sweep the World Series champs," said pitcher Ricky Nolasco, a California native and In-N-Out disciple. "I don't think any of them were left, and I hate two double-doubles myself. They're amazing."






     Marlins: 1. Coghlan, cf; 2. Ramirez, ss; 3. Morrison, lf; 4. Sanchez, 1b; 5. Dobbs, 3b; 6. Stanton, rf; 7. Buck, c; 8. Infante, 2b; 9. Vazquez.

     Dodgers: 1. Furcal, ss; 2. Blake, 3b; 3. Ethier, rf; 4. Kemp, cf; 5. Gibbons, lf; 6. Loney, 1b; 7. Barajas, c; 8. Carroll, 2b; 9. Garland, p.