05/16/12 7:50 PM ET
Infante remains second, Boni seventh for now
By Guy Curtright / Special to MLB.com
The manager made the move before the homestand against the Mets and Pirates, and kept the new -- if really old -- look as the Marlins began a two-game set Wednesday with the Braves at Turner Field.
Guillen said his original plan after taking over as Miami manager was to have Infante hit second, where he spent most of last season. Instead, he decided to go with his pair of speedsters at the top, batting Jose Reyes first and Bonifacio second, and get more power down in the order.
With the Marlins' offense sputtering, though, Guillen elected to go back to what he had thought of first.
"I think that the lineup we have is a lot better, because we have speed also at the bottom," the manager said.
Infante certainly made the switch look good with a four-hit game Tuesday, as the Marlins beat the Pirates, 6-2, to get a split of the brief series.
"It is all about producing," Guillen said.
But no lineup is etched in stone.
"Managers are always searching," Guillen said. "You try to put the best lineup out there. That's why you switch guys in and out. But if a team's not going to hit, it's not going to hit."
Guillen remains convinced his team will.
"Our offense will come," he said.
Marlins trying to improve against division rivals
ATLANTA -- The Braves are the last National League East team for Miami to face, and the Marlins haven't fared well against their other division rivals in the first six weeks of the season, especially on the road.
The Marlins came into the two-game series at Tuner Field with a 3-8 record against the rest of the NL East, including a seven-game losing streak away from home after an opening road win.
The Marlins spoiled the Phillies' home opener, winning, 6-2, on April 9. But they dropped the next two games in Philadelphia before being swept in New York and going 0-2 with a rainout in Washington.
The only bright spot for Miami against division rivals was taking two of three against the Mets at home last weekend.
The Marlins have won just one season series in Atlanta in the past 14 years, going 6-3 at Turner Field in 2009. They were 4-5 last year and 2-7 in 2010, posting 6-12 and 7-11 overall records against the Braves in those seasons.
The Braves, who have won all except three of the past 14 overall season series against the Marlins, make their first trip to Marlins Park in Miami for a series June 5-7.
"To be the best, you've got to beat the best," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We've got to step it up a notch."
Ozzie makes rare return to Turner Field
ATLANTA -- Except for a few exhibition games with the White Sox, Ozzie Guillen had never managed at Turner Field before Wednesday. But that hardly meant he was unfamiliar with the place.
The Marlins manager spent two of his final seasons as a player with the Braves, making it to the World Series for the only time in his career in 1999.
The Braves were swept by the Yankees that year, with Guillen getting into three of the games, going 0-for-5.
The shortstop had his most impact with the Braves in the 1998 National League Championship Series, going 5-for-12 against the Padres. But Atlanta lost in six games.
"Bobby Cox, love him," Guillen said of his two seasons with the legendary Braves manager. "Anybody who played for him is lucky."
Guillen, who spent his first 13 Major League seasons with the White Sox, coached three seasons in the National League, two with the Marlins, before taking over as Chicago's manager in 2004. He led the White Sox to the World Series championship the next year.
The only player or coach left from Guillen's time with the Braves is Chipper Jones, who is in his final year.
"I'm glad he is retiring, because now I'm a manager in his division," Guillen said.
With lefty Mike Minor starting for the Braves, slump-ridden Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez was back in the lineup Wednesday night. He sat out the series finale with the Pirates in Miami on Tuesday, as Greg Dobbs got a start at first base.
Left-handed reliever Dan Jennings struck out three in two scoreless innings as he continued his dominating work for Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. He has a 1.02 ERA in 13 games, striking out 17 and walking four over 17 1/3 innings.
Chris Coghlan is 9-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak for New Orleans, raising his average to .246 in 14 games. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year batted .118 in 19 games with the Marlins early this season.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.