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--SS Hanley Ramirez slapped an RBI single in the first inning to snap an 0-for-8 run. It also snapped a string of 17 consecutive scoreless innings for the Marlins.

--LF Logan Morrison hit his third homer Wednesday, a career high, in his 11th game. Last year, he hit two homers in 62 games as a rookie.

--SS Hanley Ramirez is off to another slow start -- 6-for-33 (.182) and 0-for-7 in his last two games. He's a career .303 hitter in April, including .279 last April.

"I think Hanley's going to be fine. He's a slow starter," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "As long as he keeps telling me he's confident and keeps working the way he has been working -- taking early and extra hitting -- then chances are he's going to be fine."

--Florida's relievers have logged 36 innings, third most in the NL -- not what manager Edwin Rodriguez wants this early in the season. But the relievers have done well, posting a 2.25 ERA (second in NL) and holding opponents to a .193 batting average (best in NL).

"I would like our starters to find a way to battle their way past the sixth inning," Rodriguez said. "It's a long season. We don't want to put too much pressure on the bullpen."

--Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he will miss fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Delgado, who retired Wednesday because of a nagging hip injury. Delgado finished with 476 home runs and two All-Star games in his 17 seasons.

Rodriguez wasn't ready to pronounce Delgado a Hall of Famer. "One thing for sure, he's one of the guys who stayed clean all his career. That's a plus," he said.

32 -- Doubles for the Marlins, who lead the majors. The Marlins went into Wednesday with at least two doubles in each of their first 10 games. Chris Coghlan hit his team-leading sixth double on Wednesday, the only double of the night for Florida. Coghlan leads the NL in doubles.

"It isn't one of my goals. If it happens, it's really special." -- RHP Josh Johnson, who lost a no-hit bid with one out in the eighth inning Wednesday when Freddie Freeman doubled. Johnson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on April 1. He's the first pitcher since Derek Lowe in 2002 to have multiple April no-hit bids of at least six innings.

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