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His name is Dan Uggla!

Facing the Braves brings out the best in Dan Uggla.

On Friday night, Uggla connected on his 29th homer of season, an opposite-field shot off Tommy Hanson in the sixth inning at Turner Field.

uggla1b.jpgThe blast was the 150th of his five-year career, as Uggla continues to add on to his Marlins’ record for home runs.

It also was the 22nd home run the second baseman has collected against the Braves, his highest total against any team.

Uggla’s 11 homers at Turner Field are a personal high at any ballpark besides Sun Life Stadium, where he has 74.

Uggla and Miguel Cabrera are the only Marlins ever to reach 30 homers three separate times. The difference is Uggla has done it in three straight seasons, while Cabrera’s weren’t all in a row.

It is a matter of time before Uggla extends that to four consecutive years, since he has 29 with more than a month to play.

When it comes to pure home run power, Uggla has been remarkably consistent. For his career, he’s averaging a home run every 18.71 at-bats. This season, he is ahead of that pace, as he is going deep every 16.14 per at-bats.

The slot in the lineup where Uggla has his most home runs may surprise some people. It’s second in the batting order, where he was anchored in 2006-07. It wasn’t until early in the 2008 season that he slid down to fifth or six. He opened this year batting fifth, but has been in the cleanup spot for 46 games.

Uggla has 61 homers from the second spot, and 48 while batting fifth. He has 19 when batting sixth, and 15 at cleanup.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Turner Field ready for Fourth

Four hours before Sunday’s Fourth of July showdown between the Marlins and Braves, pregame preparations were being made. A giant flag was being displayed in the outfield.

Here’s how the rehearsal went.

 

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Hammerin' Hank statue

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The Hank Aaron statue is a must see for those who make it to Turner Field.

– Joe Frisaro

Saved by the can

Cody Ross discovered a benefit for smokeless tobacco on Wednesday night.

The right fielder learned it purely by accident and it literally hit him directly in the can.

In the seventh inning against the Braves, Ross was hit by a Peter Moylan pitch, squarely on his left back pocket. But taking the sting out of the 88 mph fastball was the fact Ross had an empty can of Skoal in the pocket.

So instead of leaving a bruise, Ross said he had an imprint of the circular can. Reporters took his word on it when he joked about the incident after the game.

While Ross does’t dip tobacco, he was given the can by Hanley Ramirez for good luck. 

Players try pretty much anything when they aren’t hitting. Ross, off to a .115 start through eight games, has gone with his pant-legs down and pant-legs pulled up thus far. On Wednesday, Ramirez chipped in with the advice to put the can of Skoal in his back pocket.

It didn’t help him get a hit during that at-bat, but it saved him sporting a mark.

– Joe Frisaro

Volstad hot and cold

On the mound, Chris Volstad was on fire on Tuesday night. In the dugout, he was pretty cold.

The game-time temperature was 56 degrees, and it got colder at Turner Field as the night went on. Still, Volstad worked seven terrific innings in beating the Braves, 5-1. The 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed three hits and gave up one run.

A Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native, Volstad isn’t used to cold weather. So in between innings, he huddled by the heater in the Marlins dugout.

“It’s cold to me. I was sitting near that heater the whole game between innings,” Volstad said.

Yet, when he pitched, he didn’t wear long sleeves. Instead, he had the three-quarters sleeves under his jersey.

“I can’t throw in sleeves,” Volstad said. “Growing up in Florida, I never had to. I’ll throw in short sleeves. I throw in short sleeves, no matter how cold it is.”

Asked if he had to pitch in the playoffs in October, Volstad joked about maybe having to wear two jackets.

– Joe Frisaro 

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