BOSTON -- Reliever Steve Cishek took some time before Tuesday's series opener vs. the Red Sox to take in the sights at Fenway Park. The Marlins reliever grew up in nearby Falmouth, Mass., and he was back at Fenway for the first time since attending a Sox game as a child.
Cishek was raised a Red Sox fan, though he saw only one game in Boston as a 9-year-old. On Tuesday, he ventured into the depths of the Green Monster to sign his name while the Red Sox took batting practice.
"It's beautiful. There was a lot of names on that wall, boy I'll tell you," Cishek said. "We found a spot where they hardly paint over, so I wrote [my name], and Josh Hamilton's was to the left."
The right-hander sought out Ted Williams' signature and later poked his head out of an opening in the scoreboard.
"It was cool. I tried to take it all in," Cishek said. "There's more sightseeing tomorrow. I feel like a tourist all over again."
Nestled along the southern coast of Cape Cod, Falmouth is roughly 75 miles away from Fenway Park. Cishek is just the second player from the town to make it to the Major Leagues. The other was Bob Allieta, a catcher for the Angels in 1975.
Cishek entered Tuesday's game at 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA and one save in 29 appearances. He has 28 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.
"This kid has an opportunity to be a very high quality pitcher," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "We put him in a lot of different situations and he's handled them very well. He's got a great future. He's pitching well for us."
Cishek left 22 tickets at the game for his friends and family.
Marlins hope for offensive outburst at Fenway
BOSTON -- The Marlins welcomed a change of scenery on Tuesday, hoping to get their sputtering offense back on track at Fenway Park.
Miami is last in the Major Leagues with a .213 batting average on the road. The Marlins are 1-24 this season when they score fewer than three runs, including Sunday's 3-0 loss vs. the Rays.
"Offensively, we're not doing [anything] very positive right now," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "Everything we do is just ... I don't remember us hitting the ball hard. When your offense is shut down the way we are right now, it's going to be hard to win some games."
As the Marlins' bats have cooled in June, the club's record has taken a similar course. Miami is 4-11 this month entering Tuesday's series opener vs. the Red Sox. The Marlins scored just one earned run in 33 innings vs. the Rays in their previous series, and were shut out twice, amassing one hit in the opener and two hits in the finale.
"I never seen anything like that, a team struggle completely," Guillen said.
Still, Fenway Park is considered a hitter's ballpark, and that could be enough to awaken Miami's offense. Despite the Majors' worst batting average on the road, the Marlins are 16-15 away from home.
"Even [with] how bad we are playing, we are still in good position," Guillen said. "Hopefully those guys start swinging the bat like we know they can do, and that can help the pitching staff."
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.