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May 11, 2013

Coghlan adjusting to pinch-hitter role; Marlins will likely keep 3 catchers when Mathis returns Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- When he was a regular in the Marlins lineup Chris Coghlan liked to fashion himself as a more patient hitter, someone who had to be selective.

Now locked in as a bench player and pinch hitter more regularly, though, the 27-year old former NL Rookie of the Year is changing his approach at the plate and trying to be more aggressive.

Friday night, he delivered an important double and then scored what turned out to be the decisive run in the Marlins 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Dodgers. Coghlan came out swinging, fouling off his first pitch before connecting on the double.

"It's just something I've got to get adjusted to," said Coghlan, who hasn't started since April 28th and is now 4-for-14 in pinch-hit situations this season. "I just need to be more aggressive with strikes and just trust my eyes. I think it was maybe a week ago where I when I realized I needed to start doing that because I wasn't having as much success as I wanted to. I was trying everything. It's a role I don't have a lot of experience in, but I'm trying to get better at it."

Coghlan said he's gotten the same stay aggressive advice from veterans Matt Diaz and Austin Kearns. When his agent Scott Boras told him he needed to do the same, Coghlan heeded the advice.

"It's a tough role. I've been in it," manager Mike Redmond said. "I know a lot of guys who have been in that. I know he used to getting consistent at-bats. He's made the most of his opportunities. It was a huge at-bat in the game and a big factor in us winning that ballgame. Hitting off the bench is tough. You have to have a short memory and move on."

> Sunday starter Tom Koehler said he won't have friends or family in attendance when he makes his first start of the season. His family back home in Newark is having a barbeque for Mother's Day.

"I think the whole family is going to be there huddled around an iPad," Koehler said. "I'm sure if it wasn't Mother's Day then they probably would be out here to see it. Hopefully it won't be my last so they get to see a bunch. They'll be watching and supporting me the same way if they were here."

Koehler hasn't started since he faced Triple A Round Rock on April 14th. He went six innings and gave up just one hit -- a home run in a loss.


> The Marlins hope to have catcher Jeff Mathis back with the team on Tuesday. He will catch a pair of games in Triple A New Orleans on Sunday and Monday. With three catchers already on the roster -- and no healthy first baseman around aside from Greg Dobbs -- it appears the Marlins will keep three catchers on the team and just send Kyle Skipworth back down to the minors.

"Miguel Olivo can pinch hit, play first," Redmond said. "The scenario right now is [Greg] Dobbs doesn't mind playing everyday. But we don't really have another first baseman with [Chris] Valaika going out. It's been a challenge getting [Dobbs] a day off. Olivo could go over there and play a game against a lefty. It gives us a little more flexibility."

> Outfielder Austin Kearns, out on bereavement, could end up on the restricted list if he isn't ready to return soon.

> First baseman Logan Morrison will start playing defense next week in a game. He's been serving as a designated hitter in extended spring training play.

> First baseman Casey Kotchman will start his rehab in the next three or four days. He's been doing all baseball activities, Redmond said.

> Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi threw a 40-pitch bullpen Friday. He will throw another bullpen on Monday.

> Pitcher Henderson Alvarez played catch for 10 minutes from 75 feet on Saturday. He is just re-starting his comeback trail.

Cishek recorded first 1-2-3 save of the season Friday

LOS ANGELES -- Closer Steve Cishek has endured his share of struggles this season, but he finally recorded his first 1-2-3 save of the season in Friday night's 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Dodgers.

Cishek got the benefit of a borderline called strike three on the outside corner on pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke to open the ninth. He then got Carl Crawford to bounce out to first and struckout Nick Punto looking to end the game.

Cishek has had just six chances to pitch with the lead in the ninth this season -- and that's something Redmond said has affected him.

"I think early on he had a few struggles with lefties. He wasn't in a lot of save situations, we were pitching him in tie games, maybe putting him a little out of his role," Redmond said. "At the same time he gave up some hits and home runs. But he's working hard on locating his fastball and getting the ball in on lefties. He's done a nice job making adjustments. That was a nice ninth inning against some good hitters."

Cishek said he's changed his approach in his throwing program a bit. In his 14 appearances this season, he's had a perfectly clean inning just four times. He's given up a walk or a hit every other time and has surrendered a run five times.

"I've been leaving the ball up and that's when I've gotten in trouble," Cishek said. "My main focus has been trying to throw everything hard at the knees and whatever happens, happens."

May 10, 2013

Boras set to watch client "Joe Fez" face the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Super agent Scott Boras will watch one of his newest clients -- Marlins starter Jose Fernandez (or Joe Fez as Boras calls him)-- pitch in a major league game in person for the first time tonight.

Boras, who inked the Marlins' top prospect at the beginning of spring training and visited him in Jupiter, said he took Fernandez out to dinner Thursday night and said the 20-year old right-hander was "very relaxed."

"It's going to be quite a career, quite a ride," said Boras, whose last top-shelf client to play for the Marlins was catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was with the Marlins for just one season — 2003 — before leaving via free agency.

"The numbers -- I've got a list [of the pitchers to reach the majors at 20] -- [Dwight] Gooden, [Steve] Avery, [Fernando] Valenzuela, all these guys that were very special pitchers. He's off to a better start."

Boras said owner Jeffrey Loria called him personally before the season to inform him the Marlins were calling up Fernandez to start the season in the big leagues. Boras said he had no problem with it because keeping him in the minors might have stunted his development.

"Placing him at the major league level it's challenging him to pitch with three pitches and create a more dynamic perspective," Boras said. "He doesn't have the typical soul of a 20-year old."

Boras said he likes the fact the Marlins are keeping Fernandez on a limited innings count.

"The numbers are not good," Boras said. "If you're pitching a lot of innings prior to being 24 you're chances of pitching past 30 are not good. Whether he pitches 150, 160 here or the minor leagues, it doesn't matter."

Asked if he thinks the Marlins will have to change their no-trade policy to sign free agency in the future, Boras said: "I think the no trade policy does affect franchise players. But the number of franchise players in free agency are pretty rare.

"The Marlins in my mind you've got a number of players who like the geographical dynamic of what Miami offers. You've got a footprint now. It's not a wish and a hope."

Koehler replaces struggling LeBlanc in Marlins' rotation; Morrison hits home run in rehab game

The Marlins have moved long reliever Tom Koehler (0-0, 3.18 ERA) into the rotation, flip-flopping left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-5, 6.11 ERA) into his spot in the bullpen.

Koehler will pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. He made one start last season, going five innings and giving up six hits and three earned runs in a 4-2 loss to the Mets in the season finale.

> Right-hander Alex Sanabia, who tweaked his right groin in his last start Tuesday, will have his next scheduled start pushed back at least day according to Redmond to give him extra rest. Ricky Nolasco will start in Sanabia's place Tuesday when the Marlins return home to face the Reds.

> Utility infielder Chris Valaika returned home and had surgery on his broken left wrist Friday. Valiaka will need four to six weeks to heal before beginning his rehab Redmond said.

> First baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with a single and a home run in extended spring training action Friday. Morrison still isn't playing the field and is only playing as a designated hitter.

> Redmond is optimistic catcher Jeff Mathis, rehabbing in Double A Jacksonville, could end up rejoining the team Tuesday. Mathis has caught nine innings in back-to-back games.

> Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is still running in a pool as he attempts to come back from a hamstring injury, Redmond said. 


> Marlins (10-25): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Greg Dobbs 1B, 6. Marcell Ozuna RF, 7. Derek Dietrich 2B, 8. Rob Brantly C, 9. Jose Fernandez RHP.

> Dodgers (13-20): 1. Carl Crawford LF, 2. Nick Punto 3B, 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B, 4. Matt Kemp CF, 5. Andre Ethier RF, 6. A.J. Ellis C, 7. Skip Schumaker 2B, 8. Dee Gordon SS, 9. Matt Magill RHP.

May 08, 2013

Dietrich becomes latest Marlins prospect to get call-up after injury

SAN DIEGO -- Another day, another Marlins top prospect gets the call-up from the minors to help fill a void created by injury.

Derek Dietrich, rated the Marlins' eighth-best prospect according to MLB.com, got the phone call he had been waiting for all his life at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday morning from Double A Jacksonville Suns manager Andy Barkett.

Less than 12 hours later, he's in the Marlins lineup, batting seventh and playing second base for manager Mike Redmond, who has spent his first three months on the job seeing more players go on the disabled list than anybody else in baseball.

By sending utility infielder Chris Valaika to the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a fractured left wrist the Marlins have now sent 12 different players to the DL this season (11 are currently there) -- more than anybody in baseball. Not counting Wednesday, the Marlins have lost a major-league leading 309 days of player availability. The Yankees are second with 269 according to the Marlins' sports information staff.

"It's been crazy," Redmond said before Wednesday's game against the Padres. "To see so many guys, at so many different positions. And we're not getting them back, which is the tough part. It's one thing to lose guys to injuries, but we're not getting them back on the field. Our pitchers have been down for months.

"We're hoping that eventually we're going to get some of these guys back. We've been piecing things together and playing shorthanded. I'm not going to sit here and feel sorry for myself or the team. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It is what it is. We've got to keep going out there and playing, and fighting and battling, and doing the best that we can."

With Donovan Solano and Valaika going to the DL on back-to-back days, Dietrich, a 23-year old former second round pick of the Rays in 2010, will see plenty of action at second base over the next few weeks Redmond said. In his 28 games with the Suns this season, Dietrich was hitting .282 with four homers and 16 RBI. Dietrich said he spent the past five games playing third base, but saw the majority of his action at second this season.

He played all 13 innings of the Suns' loss Tuesday in Jacksonville and then took a 6:30 a.m. flight to Atlanta before getting on a cross-country flight to San Diego. He arrived at Petco Park this morning less than two hours before first pitch. His parents, whom he woke up in the middle of the night to break the news of his big league call-up, are making the flight over from Cleveland to watch his major league debut.

"I remember my Major League debut, I didn't sleep either, and I had a pretty good day," Redmond said. "He can take tomorrow off with the rest of us, and get some sleep and do whatever he wants.

"This is a great opportunity. He's one of those guys we look at as being part of the future. To get him up here and get him the experience is great. We'll see how he does. If he comes up and has success and does well, it puts a lot of pressure on other guys, and us to make a decision. Hopefully, that happens."

Dietrich, who said he got about two hours of sleep on his way to the stadium, joked: "I've probably got enough adrenaline to get me going at least through the week."

As for his play at second, Dietrich said he did get to work a little with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in spring training and doesn't expect to have any problems playing alongside him.

"He's a great, great defender, one of the best young shortstops in the game," Dietrich said. "I think he's probably going to make my job easier. With him out there it will definitely make things easy and smooth. I can't wait to play next to him."

> Redmond said trainers told him Valaika's fractured left wrist, which will not require surgery, will keep him out at least four to six weeks. "I don’t know if that’s just straight heal time and then build him back up or four to six weeks until he’s back playing," Redmond said.

Valaika, who was wearing a splint on his left forearm Wednesday, said the Marlins are letting him stay on the West Coast trip. He was looking forward to playing in Los Angeles later this week. He's from the area and had family and friends lined up to see his first trip back home in the majors.

"I was out there on the field last night and he came off the field and he goes, ‘Sorry, Red.’ I was like, ‘Sorry, man? You’re out there playing your ass off trying to make a play.’ It’s just unfortunate," Redmond said. "You feel bad for these guys because this is an opportunity he’s been waiting for forever and some fluke play happens like that and cuts it short. I was very happy with his effort and what he was doing out there. Hopefully he gets back and healthy and we get him going again.”

> Right-hander Alex Sanabia admitted Wednesday he probably would have kept pitching through the stiffness in his groin had it not been for veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, who insisted he get it checked out. With the Marlins having a day off Thursday and another on Monday Redmond said the team is considering going with a four-man rotation and skipping Sanabia's next start to give him time off. That's a decision, though, Redmond said the team hadn't finalized yet.

"It was smart that he came out when he did and probably prevented a long-term thing,” Redmond said. "As much as we can overcome the position player injuries, the pitching would probably be even more devastating.”

> Lost in last night's 5-1 loss and mess of injuries was a five-hit performance by the team's No. 2 prospect Christian Yelich, who doubled twice and homered in a loss. How soon could the Marlins see Yelich?

“That’s probably a better question for Larry [Beinfest], but obviously we like those guy a lot and they’re going to be a part of the future. As to when they arrive, I’m not sure. That’s probably a better question for Larry," Redmond said. "It depends probably on the health of our outfield and how those guys stay together. If another guy goes down, you see how it’s going. We’re running out of bodies. These guys would be next in line.

“He’s doing well. He’s going to be here. It’s just a matter of when.”


> Marlins (10-24): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Marcell Ozuna RF, 5. Justin Ruggiano CF, 6. Greg Dobbs 1B, 7. Derek Dietrich 2B, 8. Miguel Olivo C, 9. Ricky Nolasco RHP.

> Padres (15-18): 1. Everth Cabrera SS, 2. Will Venable RF, 3. Chase Headley 3B, 4. Carlos Quentin LF, 5. Yonder Alonso 1B, 6. Jedd Gyorko 2B, 7. Nick Hundley C, 8. Alexi Amarista CF, 9. Jason Marquis RHP.

Valaika likely headed to DL with wrist injury; Sanabia said he doesn't expect to miss next start

On a night the Marlins were hoping would be a special homecoming for starter Alex Sanabia, injuries continued to pile up in a 5-1 loss to the Padres, a game played in front of 16,263 fans at Petco Park.

The Marlins -- already with 10 players on the disabled list -- lost Sanabia in the fifth inning to a tight right groin, and then utility infielder Chris Valaika to a small fracture on the tip of his left wrist.

Sanabia said he doesn't expect to miss his next start and called the injury "a little pull -- nothing serious, just minor." But Valaika, who made Tuesday's start for the recently injured Donovan Solano, appears as though he too will be heading to the disabled list.

"I just got my hand in there and it kind of got bent back, a little hyper extended," said Valaika, who was injured trying to make a catch and tag on Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso while he was stealing second.

"I knew right away something didn't feel right. [Trainer] Sean [Cunningham] and them came out and saw what it was like and decided to take me out."

Will he need surgery? "I don't think so," Valaika said. "But again we just got x-rays and the preliminary stuff -- just a little fracture. Once we see Doctor Kaplan back home we'll go from there."

Making his first big league start back home in front of more than 30 family members and friends a mere 15-minute drive north from his old neighborhood in Chula Vista, Sanabia was hoping for a much better night. But the 24-year old right-hander gave up four quick runs on nine hits and dropped his fourth consecutive start.

He lasted just 4 1/3 innings and left after he struckout Alonso with a runner on in the fifth. He said he didn't feel any discomfort until he made the final pitch to Alonso, his 76th of the night and 52nd strike.

"We did a couple tests it was smooth and felt fine, didn't have any problems," Sanabia said. "I should be good for the next start."

With Valaika and Solano out the Marlins are now down to veteran utility man Nick Green as their only other experienced middle infielder outside of starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and third baseman Placido Polanco.

Chris Coghlan, who hadn't played second base since his major league debut on May 8, 2009, saw his first action there as an emergency fill-in when Valaika went down. He immediately took a ground ball and flipped it to Hechavarria for a quick out, but the Marlins couldn't turn what might have been an inning-ending double play.

"I got no problem playing there," Coghlan said of second base. "Besides short, pitcher and catcher I feel I can play anywhere. I have confidence in the abilities I've been given. I take grounders every day for stuff like this. You never expect its going to happen. But that's why it pays to be ready and practice for whatever."

Marlins manager Redmond and Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest will likely have to make another move on the 40-man roster to provide more infield depth. They were meeting late into the night Tuesday.

Some potential options: shortstop Wilson Valdez (.235, 8 RBI in Triple A New Orleans), utility infielder Matt Downs (.220, 3 HR, 16 RBI in New Orleans) and Derek Dietrich (.282, 4 HR, 16 RBI in Double A Jacksonville). 

May 07, 2013

Green happy to be back; Hechavarria moves into leadoff spot for a night

SAN DIEGO -- Nick Green knows life as a utility infielder can be wacky, filled with trips up and down from the minors and to the free agency wire.

So what he endured this past week -- getting designated for assignment last Thursday because shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was returning from the disabled list, clearing waivers, and then returning to the Marlins Tuesday because second baseman Donovan Solano was heading to the DL -- wasn't anything he hasn't seen before.

"I had something similar happen to me when I was in New York [back in 2006]," Green recalled Tuesday in the Marlins clubhouse. "First [Derek] Jeter was hurt and I was up for a week. A few days later [Miguel] Cairo got hurt. When he came back -- literally the same day -- [Robinson] Cano got hurt. So I ended up staying up. It wasn't that the whole team was going down, but my position was. So it helped me stay up with the team. That's as much as I've seen as far as that."

What has caught Green by surprise is how many players the Marlins have sent to the 60-day disabled list. Tuesday it was right-hander Henderson Alvarez who was shipped there to make room on the 40-man roster after he recently took a step back with his rehab from shoulder tightness. Manager Mike Redmond said it's unlikely Henderson would have been ready anyway by the All-Star Break.

"It's really crazy to see how many guys are on the DL," Green said. "What we have [five] guys on the 60-day [and another five on the 15]? When all those guys come back it's going to be interesting [to see what happens]."

Green said what was unusual about being sent designated this time was that he actually was hitting pretty well (.321, 1 HR, 3 RBI in 8 games).

"Most of the times I've been sent down before I haven't done real well so you always understand that," he said. "I guess it was more of a numbers game than anything else [this time]. I can't complain about it. You can be disappointed, but I'm not going to bitch to anybody it."


Hechavarria, whose diving grab Monday ranked sixth in the ESPN Top 10 SportsCenter plays of the day, will be batting leadoff Tuesday night for the first time in his big league career as Redmond gives Juan Pierre a night off against Padres left-hander Eric Stults.

Hechavarria, who is hitting .235 with a double, two triples and a home run since his return from the DL, said he hit lead-off plenty of times in his minor league career and back home in Cuba. So it isn't a big deal to him.

"He's been swinging the bat well. I've liked his at-bats," Redmond said. "We talked in spring training about him being a top of the order guy. It's a great situation. JP has the night off. Let's get [Hechavarria] out there at the top of the order. One thing hitting him eight -- we don't really get to see his speed. And he can really run. Hopefully he'll get on base tonight, run around and have some fun."

> Redmond said his plan is to give catcher Rob Brantly a couple days off to rest his sliced right index finger, which hasn't been healing right. Brantly likely won't start again until Friday, but will be available for pinch-hitting Redmond said.

"It's still been pretty tender," Redmond said."I can tell on his throws. I want to get that thing healed up."

> Expect third baseman Placido Polanco to get the day off Wednesday. Playing short-handed of late Redmond said he's been meaning to get Polanco a day off but just hasn't been able to.


> Marlins (10-23): 1. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 2. Matt Diaz LF, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Marcell Ozuna RF, 6. Greg Dobbs 1B, 7. Miguel Olivo C, 8. Chris Valaika 2B, 9. Alex Sanabia RHP.

> Padres (14-18): 1. Everth Cabrera SS, 2. Chris Denorfia LF, 3. Chase Headley 3B, 4. Yonder Alonso 1B, 5. Jedd Gyorko 2B, 6. Will Venable RF, 7. Nick Hundley C, 8. Alexi Amarista CF, 9. Eric Stults LHP.

Pierre turning things around at the plate and on the base paths, tied for MLB-lead in steals

He may be 35 years old, but the way Juan Pierre has been playing lately it looks like he may have turned back the clock a little.

After opening the season with just three steals in four attempts over his first 18 games, Pierre has turned on the jets, going 9-for-9 in thefts and propelling himself into a tie for the Major League lead with Jacoby Ellsbury over his last dozen games.

Pierre’s hot streak on the base paths has coincided with a hot streak at the plate. After batting just .194 (14 for 72) with a .227 on-base percentage through April 23rd, he's is batting .310 (13 for 42) with a .383 on-base percentage of his last 12 games. The work at the plate has helped raise his season average to .237.

Pierre has also cut down on strikeouts lately. He's whiffed just once over his last dozen games after fanning 11 times in his first 18 games.

> As expected, the Marlins announced today that second baseman Donovan Solano has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with a strained left intercostal. The team selected the contract of veteran infielder Nick Green, 34, from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Solano.

To make room for Green on the 40-man roster, pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been transferred to the 60-day DL. Green had been designated for assignment by the Marlins on May 2 and outrighted to New Orleans on Sunday after clearing waivers. Alvarez, who recently had a setback in his return from shoulder issues, has begun throwing again Mike Redmond said Monday. 


Tuesday night's start for Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia will be a special one. Sanabia grew up about 15 minutes south of Petco Park and said he's collected about 31 tickets for family and friends to come watch him pitch. 

"My last game here I was in high school," Sanabia said. "We sat in the Western Metal Supply Company [seats in left field] with my high school girlfriend and her parents. In my head I was going I'm going to pitch here one day. Freaking seven years later it's a dream come true. I'm getting goose bumps just saying it."

Sanabia has stayed in the Marlins' team hotel, but has made sure to head home for meals since the team has been in town.

"I went over to my mom's to have breakfast [Monday]," Sanabia said. "Can't miss the home cooking. She made Chilaquiles. It's a deep-fried tortilla with tomato sauce, cheese and sour cream. I'm coming back Tuesday. Got to take advantage."

Sanabia said he began calculating whether or not he would make a start in his hometown about three to four games into the season. A Mariners fan growing up, Sanabia said he never really rooted for the Padres. He bought a No. 28 Sanabia jersey for his mom, nephew and friend who will be at Tuesday's game and expects to have a large cheering section on his side.

"When I came here with the Marlins in 2010 I didn't think it was three years before I would be back," Sanabia said. "I pitched at Dodger Stadium since then, had my parents, brother and friends there. But it's not going to compare to tomorrow. I'm even a little nervous, but not too much."

> By going hitless with runners in scoring position in Monday's 5-0 loss to the Padres, the Marlins have now gone without a hit with runners in scoring position 11 times this season. That's a third of their games. They are hitting .222 as a team with runners in scoring position -- 24th out of 30 MLB teams.

> The two errors Monday were the fifth and sixth of the road trip and moved the Marlins past the Washington Nationals and into a tie with the Cubs for the most errors in baseball at 27 this season. 

May 06, 2013

LoMo to start extended spring training play Tuesday; Solano likely headed to DL

SAN DIEGO -- Here are a few Marlins health updates from manager Mike Redmond on Monday before the Fish kickoff a three-game set here at Petco Park against the Padres.

> The time has finally come for Logan Morrison. Redmond said the first baseman will begin playing in extended spring training games Tuesday. Morrison, who had knee surgery this off-season, hasn't played in a game since July 28.

"He's been able to run the bases and do his stuff," Redmond said. "He's ready for some game action. He'll be able to go out there and start getting some at-bats."

> Barring a surprise development expect the Marlins to make a move to send second baseman Donovan Solano to the disabled list. Redmond said Solano can field, but can't hit because of an intercostal strain.

> Catcher Jeff Mathis, who missed just about all of spring training with a fractured right clavicle, will be moving up to Double A Jacksonville on Tuesday according to Redmond. Mathis played in his fourth game in Single A Jupiter Monday night. He's gone 4-for-14 with four RBI since returning to game action.

Despite his promotion, Redmond said the Marlins don't really have a time frame for Mathis' return.

"He didn't have a spring training. We're going off how he feels, how that shoulder is," Redmond said. "As a catcher you got to build your legs and build your arm strength up. It's no telling how long that takes. He's a professional. When he says he's ready he'll be ready."

> All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, is still doing treatments and not running yet.


> Marlins (10-22): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Chris Valaika 2B, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Marcell Ozuna RF, 6. Greg Dobbs 1B, 7. Rob Brantly C, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Wade LeBlanc LHP

> Padres (13-18): 1. Chris Denorfia CF, 2. Everth Cabrera SS, 3. Chase Headley 3B, 4. Carlos Quentin LF, 5. Kyle Blanks RF, 6. Yonder Alonso 1B, 7. Jedd Gyorko 2B, 8. Nick Hundley C, 9. Andrew Cashner RHP.

May 05, 2013

Adeiny Hechavarria matches team record with 7 RBI

    PHILADELPHIA -- I'm not sure what's harder to believe: the Marlins scoring nine runs off Roy Halladay (or any other pitcher, for that matter), or Adeiny Hechavarria matching a club record by driving in seven runs.

     Hechavarria drove in three runs in the first with a bases-loaded triple and followed it with a grand slam in the third. And it's still early.

     Hechavarria, who entered the game with a .169 average, equaled a Marlins record accomplished three times previously: Cody Ross (9/11/2006), Gary Sheffield (9/18/95) and Greg Colbrunn (7/18/95).

     Given the 9-0 lead, it appears safe to say that Kevin Slowey's long winless streak will end today. Slowey, who hasn't won in the majors since 2010, had received the lowest run support of any pitcher in the majors going into today.

     Also today, Marcell Ozuna drove in the other two runs for the Marlins with his bases-loaded double that nearly went out for a grand slam. (Umpires had to review the replay, just to make sure. They did the same on Hechavarria's drive to right).

     Ozuna has now hit safely in his first six games. Alejandro De Aza (2007) holds the team record by beginning his career with hits in his first eight games. Scott Pose hit in his first six big-league games for the Marlins in 1993.