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Marlins rookie 2B Derek Dietrich bumps into 3-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis; Koehler returns home

NEW YORK -- You never know who you might bump into during your stay in the Big Apple.

DietrichMarlins rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich had one of those once in a lifetime encounters earlier this week when he and his agent, David Meter, bumped into three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Greenwich Village.

"I had just finished up at the MLB Fan Cave with my agent and were about to get on the subway when [Meter] said 'Hey D, that's Daniel Day Lewis," Dietrich said. "[Day-Lewis] was talking to his son. We stood there and waited. He handed his son some money. His son went one way and he started walking toward us. My agent said 'Daniel!' He said, 'Oh man I was trying to fly under the radar. You caught me.' David said, 'I've got one of my players here and they're playing the Mets.' [Day-Lewis] said he enjoyed baseball and asked me how my journey to the big leagues was."

Dietrich didn't ask Day-Lewis for his autograph, but ask him to pose for a photo.

"I'm a huge history buff and I loved the movie Lincoln. So to see him was pretty cool," Dietrich said of Day-Lewis, who recently won best actor honors for his role as Lincoln. " As soon as I walked away I said 'Man, I should have invited him and his son to the game.'"

KOEHLER PREPARING FOR HOME START

Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, born in the Bronx and a graduate of New Rochelle High, is looking forward to his Sunday start, one that figures to be well attended by family and friends.

Koehler came back to New York with the Marlins last season in September and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Sunday's start though will be his first back home.

"There's been a lot of people who have helped out a long the way for me to get here," said Koehler, who is still looking for his first big league win. "For them, I'm sure it will mean a lot. I'm sure when I go out there during warming up and stretching I'll see a lot of faces I haven't seen in awhile and some quick memories will flash back."

Koehler said he's leaving six tickets for his parents, grandmothers, wife and sister, but the rest of his family and friends are on their own when it comes to buying tickets.

"I don't want a situation where you leave 35 tickets and 15 show up," Koehler said laughing.

Pitching in front of family and friends might not be as difficult a task as Koehler had Friday when manager Mike Redmond caught his bullpen session.

"He didn't have any gear on so that was the scary part," Koehler said. "It's only been two years out of the game, but shorts and a t-shirt? I don't know if he was hoping I would bounce one off the turf. He was back there, wasn't bailing out on anything. I was a little more focused than I probably would have been -- especially indoors."

> Redmond said he expects first baseman Logan Morrison, who homered on Friday night for Double A Jacksonville, to be activated on Monday as expected.

All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton could take a couple extra days. He's been playing for the Single A Jupiter Hammerheads, who had their last two games rained out on Thursday and Friday. 

> Jupiter outfielder Brent Keys and left-hander pitcher Justin Nicolino were named Marlins Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for May 2013.

Keys hit .356 (36-for-101) in 25 games with two doubles, one home run, and seven RBI. He posted a .440 on-base percentage, drawing 14 walks to just six strikeouts.

Nicolino went 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in six games started in May. Over 31 2/3 innings pitched, he held opponents to a .227 batting average while striking out 29 and walking only four.

SATURDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (16-44): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Ed Lucas 1B, 3. Derek Dietrich 2B, 4. Marcell Ozuna RF, 5. Chris Coghlan CF, 6. Placido Polanco 3B, 7. Rob Brantly C, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Jose Fernandez RHP.

> Mets (23-33): 1. Omar Quintanilla SS, 2. Daniel Murphy 2B, 3. David Wright 3B, 4. Lucas Duda LF, 5. Marlon Byrd RF, 6. Ike Davis 1B, 7. John Buck C, 8. Juan Lagares CF, 9. Matt Harvey RHP.

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rbleigh

Watching the UNC v. SC Super Regional game and Moran just smoked one to RF. I hope the kid's bat translates well to wood.

Manny Navarro

Marlins VP of scouting Stan Meek said the kid's skills do translate to wood. Moran led the Cape Cod League with 42 RBI last summer.

"Saw him for two summers, about 60 at-bats in the Cape," He always swung the wood bat very well, able to handle left-handed pitchers. He's not a platoon type. The ball comes off his bat. What I like about him is he's not concerned with the home run as much as he is driving the ball and the ball comes off the bat well. His big and strong so he swung the wood bat very well."

the Truth

When and if Moran comes up to the Marlins,he better bring his own termite control. The Marlins wood bats have been infested for 3 yrs now,with no cure in sight

FJEFF

Too bad Daniel Day-Lewis cant Emancipate Dietrich from Loria and his sorryass Marlins

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