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Buehrle on standby if Johnson falters

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start the series opener at Boston's Fenway Park on Tuesday. But, due to a depleted bullpen, manager Ozzie Guillen said he's notified Buehrle to be prepared to take over this afternoon if Josh Johnson is knocked out early by the Rays.

    Chad Guadin, who went 4 2/3 innings in relief of Carlos Zambrano on Friday, is unavailable. So, too, are Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb, each of whom pitched three innings in last night's 15-inning victory by the Marlins. That leaves only Steve Cishek, Chris Hatcher, Randy Choate and Heath Bell.

    If Buehrle was to relieve this afternoon at The Trop, everyone in the rotation would move up a day and still pitch on full rest due to Monday's off day.

    So where does the 15-inning affair rank in Marlins history in terms of longest games? In terms of inning, it was the ninth game played by the Marlins of at least 15 innings. And it was the team's longest game since the club-record 20-inning loss to the Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium (or whatever it was called that year) on April 27, 2003.

    Marlins' Longest Games (by innings)

    20 -- April 27, 2003 -- Sun Life -- Cardinals 7, Marlins 6

    17 -- June 8, 1998 -- Sun life -- Marlins 4, Toronto 3

    16 -- Aug. 29, 1999 -- Sun Life -- Houston 6, Marlins 4

    16 -- July 12, 2002 -- Wrigley Field -- Cubs 5, Marlins 4

    15 -- Aug. 10, 1993 -- Sun Life -- Marlins 3, Cubs 2

    15 -- May 11, 1995 -- Sun Life -- Reds 3, Marlins 1

    15 -- June 18, 1996 -- 3Com Park -- Giants 9, Marlins 8

    15 -- June 19, 1996 -- 3Com Park -- Giants 7, Marlins 4

    15 -- June 16, 2012 -- Tropicana Field -- Marlins 4, Rays 3 

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