09/03/12 1:40 PM ET
Guillen offers glimpse of 2013 heart of lineup
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Manager Ozzie Guillen on Sunday slotted Giancarlo Stanton into the cleanup spot for the first time since the slugger came off the disabled list on Aug. 7.
Stanton is now hitting directly behind Jose Reyes, who has been batting third since Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers on July 25.
The three/four tandem is something Guillen plans on doing not just for the rest of the season, but into 2013.
"The only reason we made the lineup like that is because I'm thinking about next year," the manager said. "What's the best lineup for us? We're going to try to go out and get a better view of those guys hitting third and fourth."
Reyes isn't a prototypical No. 3 hitter, because he's not a power bat. But he's a proven .300-caliber hitter, who can get on base, steal bases, and drive in runs.
"Reyes has been a leadoff hitter his entire life," Guillen said. "In my opinion, I think he fits us good as a third hitter. He's a free swinger. In the meanwhile, he can put the ball in play. And on top of that, he is not afraid to drive a run in."
Stanton, obviously, is one of the most feared sluggers in the game. The 22-year-old has 29 homers and 73 RBIs.
"Who is going to be behind Stanton? We will wait and see," Guillen said. "We don't know yet. But for sure, those guys are going to be the third and fourth hitters next year."
Marlins using six-man rotation for final month
MIAMI -- The Marlins will be spreading the innings around in the month of September.
To get a look at some young arms, as well as provide some rest for the current starters, the club will be going with a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.
The first change will occur on Tuesday, with Wade LeBlanc taking over the spot that was initially slotted for rookie Jacob Turner.
Turner, 21, already has topped his innings total from 2011. The club is being careful with the right-hander, who will now get the start on Friday at Washington.
"LeBlanc is going to start," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Just because we're worried about Turner's innings. We're going to give him a little rest. He's never pitched in September. He never pitched that many innings."
Turner has thrown 23 1/3 innings at the big league level, and 111 2/3 innings in the Minor Leagues, giving him 135 total this season. A year ago, he compiled 143 2/3 innings, with 12 2/3 coming with the Detroit Tigers.
The Marlins acquired Turner from the Tigers on July 23 as part of the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade.
"Obviously, your body is getting tired," said Turner, who has made two starts with Miami. "If you condition the right way throughout the season, I think you're prepared for it."
Miami opened a four-game set with Milwaukee on Monday. After LeBlanc throws on Tuesday, Nathan Eovaldi will start on Wednesday, and Josh Johnson will close out the series on Thursday.
Turner will get the nod in the first game at Washington on Friday. Mark Buehrle will start on Saturday, and Ricky Nolasco will go on Sunday.
The revised rotation means Johnson, Nolasco and Buehrle will each have one fewer start.
"I don't want to burn any bullets when the guys don't need to," Guillen said. "They're only going to miss one start, the big boys. It gives us an opportunity to rest those guys, and see those kids."
Buehrle has a string of 11 straight seasons with at least 200 innings. The veteran lefty is at 173 2/3 innings. So if he averages seven innings in his final four starts, he would finish up with 201 2/3 innings.
No slowing Reyes after claiming 400th steal
MIAMI -- Jose Reyes swiped a few bases over the weekend, and the Marlins shortstop went home with one of them.
On Saturday against the Mets, Reyes reached a stolen base milestone. When he took second, it was his 400th career steal. He became the 72nd player in MLB history to reach 400 steals.
The speedster followed that up with two stolen bases on Sunday and another one in the first inning Monday, giving him 403.
To commemorate the achievement Reyes was awarded the base, which he's added to his collection at home.
Reyes has 33 steals on the season, marking the third straight year he has topped 30.
Having his legs hold up is a source of pride for Reyes, who missed time during his days with the Mets due to hamstring injuries.
"The one part I feel very happy about is the fact that I've stayed healthy on the field," Reyes said. "No injuries. That's something I'm very happy about. It's disappointing with the way we've played. But this is the first year I've been able to play through September with no problems."
Reyes has five multi-steal games.
The Miami shortstop has the club lead in stolen bases, and entering Monday's action Reyes was tied for the second most in the National League with Philadelphia's Juan Pierre and Los Angeles' Shane Victorino.
Reyes also is in striking distance of Atlanta's Michael Bourn, who paces the NL with 38.
The Marlins ideally had hoped to blend speed with power this season. But it never panned out.
Their running game actually has been a factor. With 128 team steals, the Marlins top the Major Leagues in that category.
But the running game didn't come together the way the team had hoped, because Emilio Bonifacio has missed so much time with injuries. The speedster, who has 30 steals, is on the DL with a right knee sprain, and he may be done for the season.