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Sanches' performance goes a long way

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Reliever Brian Sanches may have pitched himself into a new role on Sunday.

Sanches threw four hitless innings in relief, topping his previous career-long outing of 3 1/3 innings.

"I don't really want to tag myself with a label as a 'long guy,'" said Sanches, who usually set up in the past. "I feel I can do a little bit of everything."

The Marlins had an ideal long guy, right-hander RHP Burke Badenhop. But Badenhop was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans last week before the season started. That leaves Sanches and Edward Mujica to take over Badenhop's role.

Mujica left Sunday's game after tweaking his knee. For now, the job belongs to Sanches.

"He was outstanding," manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Last year, Sanchez pitched a career-high 61 games and posted a 2.26 ERA.

Sunday's game gave Sanches a chance to take advantage of a rare chance to hit and he singled in the fifth inning, his first hit in six career at-bats.

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