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Closer Steve Cishek finds his adrenaline rush at Six Flags over Texas

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.

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Dionysus Thelxinoe

This is simply an amazing game, where anything is possible. And whenever you think you've seen it all, you find out different.

Here it is almost the middle of June, Miami is one half game out of first place, and a middle reliever leads the team in wins.

Amazing.

Cleveland Spider

You can pencil in a loss for tomorrow. This is one of the biggest mismatches you will ever see (Turner vs. Darvish). Jacob Turner is terrible. The Marlins should just give Stanton and several others the day off tomorrow. It sounds like a good day to rest some players and get ready for the next game. As with most Turner starts tomorrow will be a loss. When Heaney is brought up Turner should be the guy they send down.

That is why today's game is so important to get that split. The one thing that you can count on is a loss tomorrow.

MDX

Red again leaving the struggling pitcher for too long in the game, same story.

Cleveland Spider

I am hoping that the Marlins make a move for a starting pitcher. They just don't have the starting pitching to challenge for a playoff spot. When Tom Kohler is your #3 starter you have a problem. They need to bring up Heaney and then trade for a front line starter. The Marlins simply do not have a #1 or #2 starter. The Fernandez loss was devastating.

MDX

Another very good win on the road, Yelich was on fire today. I hope they bring Heaney ASAP, he's needed, Koehler, Turner and Red's pen management are unreliable. Go Fish.

Stan M

I see where Salty is cleared to begin baseball activities. Too bad someone didn't tell him that about May 1st. What he demonstrated in May couldn't be called baseball activities, that's for sure.

Stan M

If the go ahead or winning run was on 2B with two outs in the 9th inning, what Marlin player would you want at bat? My choices, in descending order, would be:
McGehee; Yelich; Lucas; and Ozuna-Stanton (tie)

my opinion

Definitely McGehee, then Solano

Flav C.

1 - McGehee
2 - Stanton
3 - Reed
4 - Yelich
5 - Ozuna
6 - Solano

After those 6 guys, I'd pray we wouldn't have any of the other batters in the 9th, with 2-out and man on 2B.

yelnats

Why Pitch to Stanton with 1b open?

South fla fan

considering Stanton is hitting 206 in the month of June I'd pitch to him. Until he hit a 550 foot home run! this team has won a number of ways this season and they have no quit. It's been nice to watch.

hayu

Stan...McGehee and Johnson. Everybody else is way down in the order somewhere.

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