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Marlins finally get Ramirez, Stanton healthy simultaneously

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For just the second time this year, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton were both in the starting lineup Tuesday night.

The last time that happened was Opening Night, when Stanton left the game after the fifth inning with what was later diagnosed as a mild left hamstring strain. When he returned, Ramirez was briefly out with a bruised left leg.

"Writing Hanley and Michael Stanton back-to-back in the lineup makes you feel like you're solid offensively," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "(Now) it's a matter of pitching and defense because you know that lineup is going to find a way to score runs."

Rodriguez's projection was inaccurate Tuesday, as the Marlins lost 5-0 to the Braves. Ramirez went 0-for-4, but Stanton went 2-for-4 in his first multi-hit game of the year.

Stanton has made three consecutive starts after returning to the lineup Saturday. On Tuesday, he was not running at full speed and at times seemed to favor his sore left hamstring.

Ramirez was helped off the field Friday in Houston after hurting his left leg while trying to turn a double play. He didn't play Saturday and Sunday, and he returned Tuesday after the team's day off.

The return of both players gives the Marlins a deeper lineup. Gaby Sanchez, who went 10-for-25 (.400) from the cleanup spot in six games this year, drops back to his usual fifth spot.

"Hopefully this will get the offense more consistent," Rodriguez said. "Even without those two guys, we've been playing OK, so that's the good part."

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