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Marlins Manager: "We Need More Offense From Hanley"

    As manager Edwin Rodriguez correctly noted, Thursday's 10-4 loss to the last-place Diamondbacks was "a pretty bad overall game." Anibal Sanchez was atrocious, the defense was abysmal, and the Marlins hitters looked to be a big hurry, swinging early and often against D-Backs starter Rodrigo Lopez.

    Rodriguez pointed the blame in all the right places afterward, including star shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

"We need to get more offense, mainly from Hanley, in the middle of the order," Rodriguez said. "We need more offense from Hanley. Danny Uggla has been swinging the the bat very well. The bottom half of the lineup has been swinging the bat very well, so we need to have more offense from the top part of the lineup."

Ramirez went 0 for 4 on Thursday and has now gone 4 for 24 over the past six games. He has only one RBI during that span, and all four of his hits have been singles.

 Starting with the first game of the Dodgers series, the Marlins' first three hitters -- Chris Coghlan, Gaby Sanchez and Ramirez -- have combined to go 7 for 49, scored just three runs, and driven in only two over the past four games.


Closer Leo Nunez is apparently all right after being flipped over backwards when right fielder Mike Stanton crashed into the fence during the game. Nunez was seated in the bullpen with his feet propped up on the fence, which came loose when Stanton slammed into it in the fourth inning.

      "He went flying," said fellow reliever Clay Hensley.

  Nunez said he twisted his right ankle, but trainers took a look at it and did not detect any swelling. Rodriguez and Nunez both said they believe the closer will be available to pitch on Friday.


  It was a rough night for reliever Tim Wood, who was optioned to Triple A New Orleans after giving up four runs in one inning. It appears that the Marlins will be calling up left-hander Dan Meyer from the Zephyrs.