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Reyes back in leadoff spot as Bonifacio struggles to make contact; plus Petey, Jennings arrive

Jose Reyes' stay at the No. 2 spot in the lineup turned out to be a mere, 2-game pit stop.

Reyes is back in the leadoff spot for the Marlins (8-13) today as the club tries to end their four-game set with the visiting Diamondbacks (11-11) with a split.

The reason Reyes is back in the top spot probably has to do with struggling Emilio Bonifacio, who struckout three times Sunday and is now the team leader in whiffs with 22.

"That surprise me," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Boni's game should be put it in play, try to get on base... His game is speed. He should be on base more."

Bonifacio was hitting .340 on April 19th. But over his last eight games he's 3 for 31 at the plate with 11 strikeouts.

"Right now I don't feel that great at the plate," Bonifacio said. "I'm swinging at a lot of pitches outside the plate. But I'm not giving up. I'll fix my approach."


Outfielder Bryan Petersen, called up after Sunday's 8-4 loss to Arizona along with left-hander Dan Jennings, arrived at the ballpark Monday just 15 minutes before the Marlins went out to stretch and take batting practice.

"It's been a crazy past 14 hours," said Petersen, who said this is the sixth time he's been called up. "I got pulled out of a game around 4 and had a flight at 6:30 out of New Orleans to get here. I had like an hour and half to pack my bags and race to the airport.

"I just hope to bring some form of positive energy to the ballclub. I don't think they're too down right now. They know its a 162-game schedule."

Petersen has a career .273 average as a pinch-hitter for the Marlins with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and five RBI. He was hitting .316 with 13 runs scored and eight RBI for the Zephyrs. He replaces the struggling Chris Coghlan, who was hitting a mere .118 in 34 at-bats.

Jennings, meanwhile, replaces the struggling Mike Dunn (0-0, 9.53 ERA). It's his first call up to the big leagues.

"You could see how excited he was, calling people up and letting them know," Petersen said. "He'll do a good job."


Marlins (8-13): 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Emilio Bonifacio CF, 3. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 4. Austin Kearns LF, 5. Omar Infante 2B, 6. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 7. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 8. John Buck C, 9. Mark Buehrle P.

Diamondbacks (11-11): 1. Willie Bloomquist SS, 2. Ryan Roberts 2B, 3. Justin Upton RF, 4. Jason Kubel LF, 5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B, 6. Cody Ransom 3B, 7. A.J. Pollock CF, 8. Henry Blanco C, 9. Patrick Corbin P.