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Infante moved into No. 2 spot in batting order

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--2B Omar Infante batted second Friday for the first time this year against Johan Santana and the Mets. Infante has been the Marlins' most consistent hitter, leading the team with a .330 batting average after going 3-for-4 Friday night. He batted mostly fifth and seventh this year. He batted second most of last year.

Emilio Bonifacio had been hitting second but has batted seventh the last two games. He went into Friday batting .238 then went 2-for-4 to boost it to .242.

--LF Logan Morrison was in the starting lineup before Friday's game but manager Ozzie Guillen made a change right before game-time and replaced Morrison with Austin Kearns. Kearns hit a two-run home run in the first inning off Johan Santana. Morrison has no major health issue, but Guillen said his left fielder was a little sore before the game.

--OF Kevin Mattison and LHP Mike Dunn were recalled from Class AAA New Orleans before Friday's game. RHPs Sandy Rosario and Chris Hatcher were optioned back to New Orleans. Dunn opened the season with the Marlins before being optioned April 29. Mattison, 26, who was hitting .250 at New Orleans, had never been in the majors before Friday. He is considered one of the organization's fastest runners and best defensive outfielders. He also sports what teammates consider the best mustache in the minors.

--Backup C Brett Hayes had a scary off-day Thursday. He and his wife were sitting in their car, stopped in traffic on Florida's Turnpike, when they were approached by a gunman. Police said the gunman shot two law-enforcement officers before fatally shooting himself. Hayes said he saw the gunman walking "in the median, right in the middle, right next to the concrete barrier" on the turnpike. Hayes and his wife were sitting in their car, which was stopped in the left-hand lane.

"He walked right by us," said Hayes, who said he made eye contact with the man.

"I looked away nonchalantly and told my wife to not look at him. Luckily, he passed. He passed a lot of people. I wasn't the only one -- there were a lot of people who saw this."

Hayes said he couldn't help notice the man's weapon.

"He was carrying it around like he was carrying an umbrella, like it was no big deal. I'm not a gun person so I'm not sure what kind of gun it is, but it was a rather large handgun," Hayes said.

"It was obviously very shady. You don't see someone walking down the highway in the opposite direction in the middle of the pouring rain with a gun. How else can you describe that? It was surreal."

--3B Hanley Ramirez said it's too bad Astros pitcher Wilton Lopez doesn't like the Marlins' Lo Viste salute.

"The only thing I can say is we're going to keep doing it. It's our thing," Ramirez said before Friday's game.

On Wednesday, Lopez plunked Ramirez with a pitch, sparking off a shouting between the two players.

Lopez was immediately taken out of the game by Astros manager Brad Mills. As he walked off the field, he looked at Ramirez and then at the Marlins dugout, making Lo Viste gestures both times.

The gesture is two fingers in a "V" shape over an eye. The Marlins call it Lo Viste, which is Spanish for "See that?"

BY THE NUMBERS
16 -- Consecutive stolen bases without getting caught to start the season by Emilio Bonifacio. He stole his 16th straight base in the fifth inning Friday, setting a franchise record. Chuck Carr was 15-for-15 in stolen-base attempts before being caught to start the 1994 season.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"There's a lot of resiliency here. You can't let things get you down. You've got to believe you can come back. That's what this club has." -- Greg Dobbs, who delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday.

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