Hanley back in a familiar spot atop Marlins' lineup

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marlins logo.pngMarlins manager Fredi Gonzalez released his lineup for Sunday’s game against the Mets a few minutes ago, and something looks a little fishy:

SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Chris Coghlan
2B Dan Uggla
3B Jorge Cantu
C Ronny Paulino
RF Cody Ross
1B Gaby Sanchez
CF Cameron Maybin
P Ricky Nolasco

That’s right, 2009 National League batting champ Hanley Ramirez is batting leadoff against Mets starter Hisanori Takahashi.  It’s the first time he’s batted atop the Marlins’ order since September 27, 2008, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is hoping that the temporary change will jump-start the Fish offense.  Ramirez is a .313 career hitter in the leadoff spot.  Of course, his numbers are pretty strong at every spot in the batting order.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.