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Hanley Ramirez, hitting .201, slides down to sixth in Marlins lineup -- first time since rookie year ('06) he isn't hitting in top three spots

ST. PETERSBURG -- Edwin Rodriguez told reporters after Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rays -- the 16th in 17 games this month for the Marlins -- that he was thinking about sneaking into the clubhouse early and changing the calendar to July.

Hanley Ramirez We're not sure if he did that, but we know he made at least one change -- dropping Hanley Ramirez down in the lineup.

Ramirez, who is hitting just .201 with 17 RBI this season, was moved down from the leadoff spot into the sixth hole. It's the first time since his rookie year of 2006 Ramirez has been in the starting lineup and hasn't been scheduled to hit first, second or third.

Rodriguez said before the Marlins left for Philadelphia earlier this week Ramirez would be his leadoff hitter until he started turning things around. Apparently, that was just a four game experiment. Ramirez has gone 1 for 13 with a double and a run scored since his return from the disabled list. He's also struckout five times. 

The Marlins new leadoff hitter is Dewayne Wise, who went 2 for 4 with a stolen base in his Marlins debut Friday. Emilio Bonifacio, hitting .273 with a .341 on base percentage, is hitting second. That gives the Marlins the most speed they've had at the top of the order all season. 

As for Hanley, is it fair to raise the question that maybe the Marlins ought to send him down to the minors too? Because Ramirez has over five years of major league service, the Marlins can't send him down to the minors without his consent. But may be he should consider it.

Chris Coghlan was sent down Friday for hitting .230 with five homers and 22 RBI. Just saying. If Ricky Nolasco and Coghlan can go down midyear to make tweaks why can't Hanley?

CLUTCH HITTING STATS: If there has been one constant throughout the team's 3-19 skid over the past three-plus weeks its that the Marlins have had epic sturggles hitting with runners in scoring position.

Since June began, they have gone a combined 28-for-144 with runners in scoring position (.194). Take out a 10-for-20 performance in their 12-9 loss to the Diamondbacks on June 13 and the numbers become even uglier (.145).

So who is coming up clutch and who isn't this season? Here are the stats for the season with runners in scoring position entering Saturday...

Marlins with runners in scoring position (2011)
- Brett Hayes .353 (6 for 17), 10 RBI, 2 HR
- Greg Dobbs .326 (15 for 46), 18 RBI, 1 HR
- Gaby Sanchez .279 (19 for 68), 29 RBI, 2 HR
- Hanley Ramirez .255 (12 for 47), 12 RBI, 0 HR
- Omar Infante .239 (16 for 67), 17 RBI, 0 HR
- Emilio Bonifacio .238 (10 for 42), 10 RBI, 1 HR
- John Buck .211 (12 for 57), 19 RBI, 2 HR
- Wes Helms .211 (4 for 19), 5 RBI, 0 HR
- Mike Stanton .208 (15 for 72), 24 RBI, 2 HR
- Chris Coghlan .200 (11 for 55), 17 RBI, 0 HR
- Jose Lopez .194 (6 for 31), 7 RBI, 1 HR (Most with Rockies, 1-2 with Marlins)
- Logan Morrison .184 (9 for 49), 17 RBI, 1 HR

> Marlins lineup: 1. Dewayne Wise CF, 2. Emilio Bonifacio RF, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Greg Dobbs 3B, 6. Hanley Ramirez SS, Stanton DH, Buck C, Infante 2B, Nolasco P

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