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August 20, 2014

Yelich, Ozuna red-hot at the plate as the Marlins head out on 9-game road trip

The Marlins are hitting the road for an important nine-game road trip beginning Friday in Colorado and Giancarlo Stanton isn't the only hot bat they're taking with them.

His outfield mates have been catching fire of late.

Left fielder Christian Yelich recorded his third straight three-hit game in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers, completing an impressive home stand in which he hit .514 (19 for 37) with six runs, four doubles and two RBI.

Center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who was hitting .170 with only six RBI in his first 26 games after the All-Star Break, closed out the final six games of the Marlins' homestand 9-for-23 and with home runs in back-to-back games against the Rangers.

"He's a streaky guy and this would be a heck of a time for him to get on a big streak," Redmond said of Ozuna, who is now hitting .261 with 18 homers and 65 RBI on the season. "It looks like maybe he's starting."

Yelich's success is just a continuation of what he did in July when his 33 hits were the most in a single month his career. Back on June 6 he was hitting .240. After his three hits Wednesday his average is now .288.

"I haven't changed anything," Yelich said of his approach at the plate. "The stuff is finding holes. It's how baseball works. You can be hitting line drives right at people's chests and people think you're struggling. Or you can just have the ball find holes and people ask 'Well what's going different for you?' You kind of just try and ride it out as long as you can."

> Redmond said after Wednesday's game left-hander Brad Hand will start Sunday in Colorado over veteran right-hander Brad Penny.

Frustrated Casey McGehee lets off steam with bat breaking display

Sometimes you just got to let off a little steam.

For struggling Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee that moment game in the eighth inning Tuesday night. When McGehee whiffed and completed just his second 0-for-5 night of the season he took his frustrations out on his Louisville Slugger, snapping it over his knee and then flipping it to the ground in disgust.

The Marlins of course came back to win 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th making McGehee feel better about his rough day.

"I wish I wouldn't have done it," he said. "I was just frustrated. Obviously a big spot in the game. I just really wasn't happy with the at-bat I put out there. At the end of the day I have to be a little more grown up than that. At the same time I feel like part of my plan is the fact I kind of live and die on every pitch. Every once and a while it gets the better of me. In hindsight I wish I would have handled myself a little better. But it's coming from the right place. 

"Sometimes you got to just blow off some steam. In a weird way after that I kind of felt better, like I was back to my old self, past the frustration."

Since the All-Star Break, McGehee has been hitting just .228 at the plate (26 for 114) and he has only seven RBI in 30 games.

He said it's not the first time he's broken a bat over his leg.

"It's not the first time, but it was one of those games where every pitch was so important," McGehee said. "Just wanted it a little bit too much right there."