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Let the long day begin

   PHILADELPHIA -- As we sit here awaiting the start of a day/night doubleheader.....

   Manager Edwin Rodriguez is presently reading "177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class" and passing along a few of the pointers to Marlins players, who are suffering through a horrid losing slump -- one of the worst in franchise history.

   Rodriguez said he's looking for "some tips to relax the players through tough times, something that I should say, certain words that I should be using to get them going."

   If that fails to work, Rodriguez joked that he might bring in the Dalai Lama to address the players.

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   Rodriguez said he senses that the absence of Josh Johnson is now taking its toll on the rest of the players. When Johnson was first placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the thought was he would return in two weeks. Now, with Johnson being transferred to the 60-day DL, it will be at least two months.

     "It's hard to take because he's the ace of the rotation," Rodriguez said. "I think the players are feeling that way. First it was two weeks and pretty much everybody was 'Okay, two weeks, maybe we can handle that as a team.' But now it's getting longer and I can see the players feeling that loss."

    The earliest date that Johnson can return is July 16 in Chicago. Rodriguez said Johnson is gradually "improving" and should be ready to go the moment he's eligible to come off the DL. But nobody knows for certain.

     "He's moving in the right direction," Rodriguez said.

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     While Hanley Ramirez has returned from the DL, he's not yet 100 percent. As a result, Rodriguez said team doctors have advised that the shortstop not play day games following night games. Ramirez is not in the lineup for the first game of today's day/night doubleheader, and won't be in the lineup on Thursday when they conclude the series here with another day game. Rodriguez said

      "I think it's a doctor recommendation, so we have to follow it," Rodriguez said.

      Ramirez went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first game back on Tuesday.

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      On Chris Volstad and Javier Vazquez, who own the two highest ERAs (6.07 and 7.09, respectively) among starting pitchers in the majors, Rodriguez said: "Hopefully these guys can turn it around and the worst is already over for them."

     LINEUPS:

     Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 7. Omar Infante, 2b; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Elih Villanueva, p.

     Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Shane Victorino, cf; 3. Chase Utley, 2b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Domonic Brown, rf; 6. Ben Francisco, lf; 7. Wilson Valdez, 3b; 8. Dane Sardinha, c; 9. Kyle Kendrick, p.

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Samsons Boyfriend

Clark..Whats there to do on the Titanic in Philly, between games today??

Clark

I'll probably go looking for a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and some new adjectives to describe the freefall. I'm open to suggestions.

-- Clark

Samsons Boyfriend

Uh Oh Clark..Glaring Stat..In 72 innings Villanueva and Volstad have both given up 14 HR's...Could Be Bombs Away..Better wear a Helmet...

JUAN YANES

I SEE DOBLE HEADER TODAY I THINK IS MOTIVATION TEAM NEED. LATIN MANGAER READ FROM SUCESS BOOK MEAN LATIN PLAYER TAKE PRIDE IN WORK. TEAM ALWAYS GO THRUGH SLUMP DOURING SEASON. MARLIN NO DIFFARNET.

Eliot

I'm not sure that's a wise thing to do, Clark. Those cheesesteaks are dangerous on the internal workings of the body. Not sure if you're a health nut or not, but I would advise against. However, if you are so inclined I would recommend Pat's or Genos in South Philly. Talk to Dobbs, I'm sure he's had his share of good Philly eats.
I appreciate what Edwin is trying to do to a degree, but it reminds me more of that movie, The Natural. You know, the continual scenes where the preacher, or whomever, stands in front of the team and says something to the effect of - "losing is a disease as contagious as polo, syphilis, plague", etc. That club didn't respond until Roy Hobbs was inserted into the lineup. Unfortunately for the Marlins, there is no Roy Hobbs to insert. There's only a Hanley Ramirez and as we all know, he's not a Natural.

Eliot

A few blogs back someone mentioned that the thing to the right, DNA I think it was mentioned as, is specific to the individual poster. The problem with that is is that I keep seeing the same things to the right being used for multiple posters. Doesn't make much sense to me.

Clark

Not enough time between games to get to Pat's or Geno's, unfortunately. Do they deliver?

Lou Vales

They don't deliver and neither do the Marlins.

Lou Vales

They are officially the 62 Mets. Hot Rod Kanehl and Marv Throneberry. Fortunately nobody was killed!

Samsons Boyfriend

Clark..Hope you kept your head down and didn't get hit by the artillery or schrapnel..Better Stay in that Foxhole at least till the 8th..

brian

The stadium was a bad idea and keeping this manager is a worst idea. Dont you people get it thisis a sinking ship. I actually thought 3 weeks ago we had something but... we all know what has happened. The owner is making his money no matter how this team does if he has any balls he fires the whole staff and looks to next year.

Glags

Clark Merriam-Webster defines the word obscene as disgusting to the senses: repulsive. I think this fits perfectly.

Clark

Hmmm. I was thinking about drawing a parallel to the Hindenburg disaster, which took place about 50 miles east of here in Lakehurst, N.J. What do you think?

Lou Vales

Clark, Better not do that. Someone will get offended. Although you could draw that parallel between The Hindenburg and Loria both being full of hot air.

Clark, did you happen to talk to Dave o'brien.He's an icon in Atlanta. We're big fans of each other.

Elliot

Just checked the score. Seems as if you could look at last night's box and not missed a beat. How soon before we read about the closed door meeting between all the braintrust, including Samson.

Clark

Okay, Lou. No Hindenburg references. I mentioned you to DOB when they were in town. He smiled.

Okay, about ready to head down to the clubhouse after the latest loss. By the way, this will be 13th loss in past 14 games, which matches a club record set in '98 and '99.

-- Clark

Glags

This may be of interest to Priscilla and no one else but Glen Gefner mentioned that Miller may be called up to the Red Sox shortly. He has an era under two and a half in 13 games. The innings pitched are nothing to brag about though. You may finally see your precious Andy in the big leagues again.

Flav C

You all might not agree, but i'm sure guys like Volstad, Nolasco and (even Miller) would have better success with the Marlins if they were working with a better pitchig coaching staff. I'm not saying they all would be "aces" but i havent see this staff work well on control and adjustments of any of our pitchers.

Lou Vales

Has anyone postulated the idea this whole thing might be related to the Posey injury?Maybe this is some kind of cosmic retribution. It's almost mystical in the almost complete meltdown. This is not even a Major league team anymore. It's almost as if they have bben drained of all abilities.

Anyone else have any ideas?

Lou Vales

Clark, Could you just sneak out of the pressbox and not attend the game. I ate at Le Bec Fin about 15 years ago when it was considered one of the GREAT restaurants in America. IF it's still great you could never get a reservation but just mention that you work for the Herald and cover the Marlins.Worth a shot.

You could probably just submit the same story for tonight's game. Anibal will have to pitch a shutout to be tied going to the 10th. I don't think that is happening.

Lou Vales

Just checked for you.

1523 Walnut Street

Still getting rave reviews.Does the Herald pay $200.00 for dinner?

Flav C

Lou, regarding this being related to Posey injury: SF Giants fans reminds us EVERYDAY on several blogs that this is related to Posey injury. It is amazing how they cant let go. They are in good position for division title or eben wild card, but all they care about is harassing Marlins fans with this stupid "Posey curse". As if we didnt have enough with the Marlins playing Double-A baseball.

Lou Vales

Flav,I had no idea.What blogs are you talking about?

Are they relating extended JJ downtime, hanley injury, Morrison's injury, Sanchez' knee issues, Coghlin slump, 0 for June with runners in scoring position, string of 1 run losses, horrific blowouts and presence of David Samson in North America all to Posey?

Lou Vales

I put Morrison injury in there because the way he barges around in the outfield either he or another Marlin gets hurt or a fence gets taken out. He would be a tremendous DH or 1B--Miguel made himself outstanding at the position.

I'm thinking how Samson and Beinfest could put together a package of Stanton, Morrison and Anibal and get back gardner and 3 Double A prospects from the yankees.

Lou Vales

Who else misses Matt's comments. I could just call him but he is excellent when writing. He is not a big fan of Juan Yanes and he despised Debbie. Of course i was Priscilla.

My mouth is watering thinking of Le Bec Fin and it looks like you could get out of there for about $150.00 IF you forego the wine and just have a Tanqueray 10 Martini which will go for around $16.00. Better than pressbox food. Go for it and write a review.

Clark

Thanks for the restaurant recommendation. At this point, after watching this team the last couple of weeks, I think I need the wine more than anything else. But I will tuck away Le Bec Fin for the next visit here in August. Sounds like I'll need a French refresher first, though.

Back up from another quiet clubhouse, and posted a new item pertaining to roster moves: Villanueva back to NOLA, Jose Lopez added to the 25-man and starting at 3B in the second game, and awaiting word on Edward Mujica's wrist X-rays. Jose Ceda still lurking about in the immediate vicinity somewhere.

Samsons Boyfriend

Lurking around like the Goodyear Blimp????

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