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Coghlan catching on in center field

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Chris Coghlan may have played just five games in center field for the Marlins, but fellow center fielder Rick Ankiel of Washington signed off on Coghlan's position switch -- literally.

Coghlan received a gag gift Wednesday from Ankiel -- an autographed copy of a newspaper photograph of Coghlan making a diving catch to rob Ankiel of extra-base hit Tuesday night.

"Thanks, buddy. Nice Hollywood dive, Love, Ank," was how Ankiel signed the photo with a Sharpie.

Coghlan -- who got a laugh and said he planned to save the autograph -- made the catch to end the first inning. It robbed Ankiel of what would have been an extra-base hit and saved at least two runs in a game the Marlins went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings.

Asked where the catch ranks, Coghlan replied with a laugh: "In center field, it's up there. I haven't made many."

Coghlan made his fifth start of the year -- and his career -- in center Wednesday. He played left field the last two years.

"His defense was never a question mark for me," manager Edwin Rodriguez said, adding that that Coghlan's sore right (throwing) shoulder is "close to 95 percent."

"His speed is average. He is going to be relying on his instincts and his positioning. He is showing that."

Coghlan went 4-for-5 and scored three runs Wednesday as Florida beat Washington 7-4.

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