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When a promotion is really a demotion

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Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was bumped up from third to second in the batting order Monday as part of a shuffle aimed at snapping him out of an offensive slump. Ramirez, who took a .221 batting average into Monday, hasn't hit second since 2006.

The new spot didn't do him much good Monday night -- he went 0-for-6 in Florida's 2-1 win in 11 innings.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said dropping Ramirez lower in the order would've forced him to bat catcher John Buck eighth, which he didn't want to do. Buck hits seventh, Logan Morrison hits third and Omar Infamte, who had hit second, moved to the eight hole.

"I've been playing around with different lineups. I like to see Hanley coming up in the first inning," Rodriguez said, "because he can create so many things when he is on base."

Ramirez hasn't been getting on base as often as expected from the three hole, where he had hit all season until Monday. Only the San Diego Padres (.152) have gotten a lower batting average from their No. 3 hitters than the Marlins.

Rodriguez was asked how long he'd use this new batting order.

"(Hanley) asked me the same question," Rodriguez said. "And I said, 'I don't know, let's see how it goes.' If he hits .500 for the next three weeks and we score eight runs a game, then he's staying there."

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