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Jacob Turner to make Marlins debut on Wednesday

    PHOENIX -- It's official. Ozzie Guillen said Jacob Turner will make his Marlins debut on Wednesday when he starts one of the two games in the day-night doubleheader. The 21-year-old right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his five starts for Triple A New Orleans since joining the Marlins' organization in the the July 23 trade with Detroit. Wade LeBlanc will start the other game of the DH.

     Guillen said that, more than likely, Turner will start the first game of the DH. Beyond that, however, the plans for Turner the rest of the season are less certain. Guillen said he would prefer that Turner remain in the rotation so that the Marlins can get a read on him as they look ahead to 2013. But that would mean either going with a six-man rotation the rest of the way or taking someone out.

      "We've talked about different scenarios, about how we're going to keep the kid in the rotation," Guillen said. "We're still debating. The answer is not there yet. The report we have (on Turner) is a pretty nice one. But anytime you make a trade that big, all the reports are nice. That's why we have to wait and see how he can play. I think we should take a look at him."

       The Marlins acquired Turner and catcher Rob Brantly from Detroit in exchange for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.


       Guillen acknowledged that finding lineup protection for Giancarlo Stanton hasn't been easy.

        "Look around," Guillen said. "Like, who? I need the FBI to protect him. Nobody on this team can. No one here can protect him.

        Because of the situation on Sunday (i.e., runners aboard and first base open) the Rockies twice walked Stanton intentionally to bring up Donnie Murphy and John Buck. The Marlins failed to score both times. But Guillen said the Rockies would have walked Stanton in those situations whether it was Murphy or anyone else hitting behind him.

         Guillen said those who criticized his decision to bat Murphy behind Stanton didn't raise a beef previous nights in Colorado when Greg Dobbs (game one of the series), Donovan Solano (game two) and Brantly (game three) hit directly behind Stanton, who homered in each of those games.

         "You know who was hitting behind Stanton before? Solano and the kid (Brantly)," Guillen said. "But they ask why are you not protecting Stanton?"

         Guillen has Justin Ruggiano hitting behind Stanton tonight as the Marlins open a four-game series against Arizona. Murphy moves down to the No. 8 spot and Solano will bat second. But Guillen said the change wasn't motivated by Sunday's results.

         "I don't change because of what happened yesterday," Guillen said. "I changed because Solano has struggled, and I want to put Solano there (in front of Jose Reyes) so he can see more fastballs."

         Guillen said that, ideally, he would prefer to bat Stanton in the No. 3 spot. But, for now, he likes having Reyes there and Emilio Bonifacio in the leadoff spot. "I don't want to move Reyes anyplace else. I think Boni should be the leadoff guy and I think Reyes has more pop."


         Showtime will air its final episode of "The Franchise" on Wednesday, and Guillen said he can understand why.

          "The way we play, who wants to watch that (expletive)?" Guillen said. "I don't want to watch it. Everytime I watch an episode, I get depressed. With the voice of the (narrator) -- 'And the Marlins lost again. And they have a tough time....''"

          Guillen said he thinks the series might have changed the perception others have of him by humanizing him in a positive way.

          "I think people like me more now because of that show," Guillen said. "People used to hate me for no reason. Now that they see the show, they (think) 'This guy is not bad.' A lot of people (told Guillen) that 'I thought you were different.' They saw me with my family. They see the way I respect players. I think people now know a little bit more about me."


          Tonight's lineups:

          Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, cf; 2. Donovan Solano, 2b; 3. Jose Reyes, ss; 4. Carlos Lee, 1b; 5. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 6. Justin Ruggiano, lf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Donnie Murphy, 3b; 9. Mark Buehrle, p.

          Diamondbacks: 1. Chris Young, cf; 2. Aaron Hill, 2b; 3. Jason Kubel, lf; 4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1b; 5. Justin Upton, rf; 6. Miguel Montero, c; 7. Chris Johnson, 3b; 8. Jake Elmore, ss; 9. Joe Saunders, p.

          Umpires: HP -- Jim Joyce; 1B -- Lance Barrett; 2B -- Jim Reynolds; 3B -- James Hoye.