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Tuesday notes: Marlins sign catcher; Wallace excited about return to Pittsburgh; Heat

Dwyane Wade will miss tonight's game with soreness, the Heat just announced.

A half dozen quick hits:

### Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace met the media today to discuss his return to Pittsburgh for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He said he fully expects to be booed, even though he never ripped the Steelers when he left.

“My welcoming is not going to be too pretty,” he said. “I’m on a new team. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to like that.”

He said his return to Heinz Field “is going to be exciting” and a “little more emotional” than his return to his hometown of New Orleans.

But he said: “I don’t want to get caught up in too much hype of the personal battle with those guys. It’s not about that… Just another team standing in the way of our playoff hopes.”

Of his play, he said: “I’m starting to get in the flow of things. I’ve never lost my swagger. It’s time to hit stride. You’ve got make plays now. No more time to wait.”

### Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, limited to five games this season because of a groin injury, said he hopes to return to practice this week but wasn’t certain.

### Daniel Thomas worked on the side at Dolphins’ practice and the team remains hopeful he will play against this season.

### Here’s where Ryan Tannehill ranks in the league through 12 games: sixth in attempts, ninth in completions, 17th in completion percentage, 11th in yards, 23rd in average gain, 14th in touchdowns (17), 29th in interceptions (13) and 24th in rating (83.2).

By the way, Tannehill has a higher rating than Andrew Luck’s 82.4.

### The Marlins upgraded at catcher today by signing free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million contract, pending a physical. 

Saltalamacchia is coming off his best offensive season: .273, with 14 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBI in 121 games. But he has thrown out only 19.9 percent of base stealers the past two years and hit .222 in 2012.
Saltalamacchia, 28, grew up in West Palm Beach.

The Marlins did not give him a no-trade clause. He will make $6 million, $7 million and $8 million over the next three years.

### Erik Spoelstra said he spoke to his players about Roger Mason Jr. being robbed at Ni.Do.Caffe restaurant at 7295 Biscayne Boulevard on Sunday night. "It was a scary moment," Spoelstra said. Mason's watch was stolen and his sister's purse was taken; both have been recovered.

Three Heat players have been victims of crime since the spring. Burglars robbed the homes of Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh in April.

Two men have been captured in the Mason case; two are at large. Shots were fired during the incident but nobody was injured. 

Mason will not discuss the incident because it is an ongoing legal matter, the Heat said.