--C John Buck will get his first day off Friday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he initially planned to give Buck a rest Thursday, but now he wants to keep him paired with RHP Josh Johnson, who pitched six no-hit innings in the season opener April 1 before finishing with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a win over the Mets.
--1B Gaby Sanchez went 0-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice Wednesday. That snaps his streak of collecting an extra-base hit in each of the team's first four games. Four of his eight hits over that span were doubles. He had 37 doubles as a rookie in 2010.
--SS Hanley Ramirez doubled in the fifth inning Wednesday to score Chris Coghlan -- Ramirez's first RBI of the year. This year is the first time in Ramirez's career that he started a season without an RBI over his first four games.
--2B Omar Infante collected his first hit with a runner in scoring position Wednesday in Florida's 7-4 win over Washington. Since 2007, Infante leads the majors with a .348 batting average (108-for-310) with runners in scoring position. Going into Wednesday, Joe Mauer was second (.345) and Albert Pujols third (.342).
--RHP Josh Johnson will try to extend his perfect record against Washington on Thursday. He's 7-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) vs. the Nationals.
--3B Donnie Murphy, whose game-ending single lifted the Marlins to a 3-2 win Tuesday, has three walk-off hits since being called up to the majors last July. Over the last two seasons, only Nelson Cruz (four) has more walk-off hits. Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Jason Heyward, Andres Torres and Ryan Zimmerman also have three.
--Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007, but he watched some big-league action Tuesday night during the Marlins' 3-2 win over Washington.
Sitting with his Miami Little League team in the box seats near third base at mostly-empty Sun Life Stadium, the former Yankees pitcher snagged two foul balls. "It's never easy," said Hernandez, who caught both balls on a bounce an inning apart.
The attendance Tuesday was announced at 10,482 but looked to be less than half of that.
Hernandez was a guest of his brother, Nationals RHP Livan Hernandez, who started Wednesday's game.
El Duque said he is not retired. He is trying to catch on with another team. He pitched in Washington's minor league system last year.
BY THE NUMBERS
16 -- Consecutive innings for the bullpen without allowing an earned run. That includes four innings Wednesday in Florida's 7-4 win over Washington, as the Marlins came back from a 4-0 deficit. RHP Chris Volstad wasn't sharp in his five innings, allowing four runs (three earned).
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I thought it was a home run, but it did the job nonetheless." -- RHP Brian Sanches, on John Buck's three-run triple in the fifth inning, a shot that just missed being a grand slam. Umpires reviewed the play before upholding their initial call of a triple.
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