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Ruggiano, scratched from starting lineup Tuesday, says new shoulder injury not as bad last year's

Good news from Marlins home run and RBI leader Justin Ruggiano.

The shoulder he injured diving for a ball in San Francisco over the weekend isn't the same one that caused him to miss the final few weeks of the season and pained him throughout the off-season.

"Last year I couldn't lift my [right] arm up for week and I had rehab all off season," Ruggiano said. "This is minor compared to what happened last year. The bone bruise is what kept me out. This right now is no bone bruise. It's just a strain in the back of rotator cuff or something like that. We all have that as baseball players."

Ruggiano was originally supposed to get the start in left Tuesday against the Twins, but was pulled from the lineup after complaining about shoulder pain. He said he was able to loosen it up enough to tell skipper Mike Redmond he would be available to pinch hit. Ruggiano did in the seventh and struckout swinging.

"Hopefully whatever pain I have right now it goes away," he said. "I'm definitely coming in early tomorrow and trying to get back in that lineup."

> Winning has definitely made the Marlins clubhouse a more fun place.

Redmond, whose team has won 12 of their last 21 games, took some credit for Derek Dietrich's seventh inning home run, which snapped an 0-for-17 stretch at the plate.

"He made a simple adjustment for that at-bat. He couldn't find his elbow guard. I told him don't wear the elbow guard and he hit a home run," Redmond said with a smile on his face. "That's coaching -- you got to have some stuff for these guys."

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