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Hits coming in double-digit bunches for Marlins

Hard to believe after watching them scuffle last season, but with 14 hits last night, the Marlins extended their streak of totaling 10 or more hits to five straight games -- one game short of the second-longest such streak in franchise history.

They're still a long ways from reaching the team record for double-digit hits of 15 straight games, a feat that belongs to the 2009 club (Aug. 4-19). But they've managed to achieve a milestone accomplished just 13 other times in franchise history which, given their recent futility, is worthy of note.

The 2000 Marlins put together a streak of six games of 10 or more hits, which ranks second on the list. Below that, there have been a dozen instances -- including the current one -- in which Marlins teams put together five-game streaks of 10 or more.

-- If he holds the Dodgers to fewer than three earned runs this afternoon, Jose Fernandez will match Orel Hershiser's major league record for consecutive home games allowing two runs or fewer: 20. Fernandez has never lost at Marlins Park in 19 career starts there.

-- The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Heath Bell for assignment.

-- And in case you've wondered whatever became of former Marlin Reggie Abercrombie, here's an update. He's still lacing up the spikes.

Today's lineup:

Marlins: 1. Yelich 7, 2. Dietrich 4, 3. Stanton 9, 4. McGehee 5, 5. Saltalamacchia 2, 6. Jones 3, 7. Ozuna 8, Hechavarria 6, Fernandez.