Marlins hire Lenny Harris as new assistant hitting coach

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In a late addition to the coaching staff, the Marlins have hired Lenny Harris as their new assistant hitting coach. He’ll work alongside hitting coach Frank Menechino.

Harris played for the Marlins during their run to the World Series in 2003–manager Mike Redmond was also on that team–and is MLB’s all-time leader in pinch-hits. He managed to stick around in the majors for 18 seasons despite a career .269 batting average and .667 OPS.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill specifically mentioned that the team hopes the 50-year-old Harris can help prepare pinch-hitters for late-game opportunities off the bench.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.