ARLINGTON, TEX. -- Marlins closer Steve Cishek calls himself an adrenaline junkie.
On the Marlins; day off Monday, Cishek and fellow relief pitchers Chris Hatcher and Mike Dunn went searching for a rush at Six Flags Over Texas, a theme park full of thrill rides right down the road from Globe Life Park. Needless to say, they found it.
"We had a great time," Cishek said. "The Titan [Texas' largest and fastest roller coaster] was crazy. We were trying to explain it. It's like when a dog sticks their face out of a car window at like 85 [miles per hour]. You can't even close your eyes. It's just pinning your face back. It was awesome."
Cishek, who won his first game against the Rangers here in 2011 before becoming the Marlins closer in the middle of the 2012 season, said he usually spends the All-Star Break at Universal Studios in Orlando with his wife riding The Hulk, his all-time favorite coaster.
"I wouldn't I'm say an [adrenaline] junkie like jumping out of trains, but roller coasters for sure," Cishek said.
"Paintball I get a super adrenaline rush just from like rushing in knowing it's going to get hit and it's going hurt like crazy. I usually wear something bright so people shoot at me. Roller coasters, my dad got me into them when I was really young. My mom likes them. Any time I get a chance to go to a theme park or some place I haven't been -- like here -- I'm going to take advantage of it."
BRACING FOR DARVISH
The Marlins ranked second in baseball as a team in strikeouts entering Tuesday's game. Wednesday, they'll face Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who ranks ninth in baseball with 91 strikeouts.
"We’ll have our work cut out for us," manager Mike Redmond said. "He just has that ability to make guys miss. Some off-speed pitches that sort of float out of the zone.
He’s been pretty productive in his starts. I think his last start was a little bit shaky for him. But he’s one of the best in this game so we'll definitely have a challenge out there."
The Marlins have struckout a season-high 17 times in three games this season. Darvish has a pair of 12 strikeout games this year.
BIG CROWD FOR RAMOS
It's only a quick two-game series, but it's a big deal for Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos and his friends and family from nearby Lubbock and Corpus Christi.
Ramos said he expected more than 250 friends and family members for the series and his father helped accommodate most of them by setting up a Facebook page where they could buy tickets to sit together. Ramos said he bought about 35-40 tickets for immediate family on his own.
"I've got over like 430 text messages from people saying they're coming," Ramos said. "It's kind of ridiculous right now."
> Outfielder Jake Marisnick (.347, 3 HRs, 13 RBI for Triple A New Orleans) and left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-1, 1.96 ERA in six starts between Double A Jacksonville and New Orleans) were named the minor league player and pitcher of the month for the Marlins on Tuesday.