07/05/10 10:36 PM EST
Marlins appear to have Dodgers' number
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
Although he went 0-for-4 on Monday, Matt Kemp has been hot since not starting in three consecutive games last week, hitting .318 (7-for-22) with three home runs and seven RBIs. In the game before his current stretch -- June 30 against San Francisco, when he entered the game in the first inning as a pinch-runner -- Kemp also went 2-for-4 with a home run. On Monday, Torre said a big reason he benched Kemp for three games was because Torre thought the 25-year-old center fielder was putting too much pressure on himself. That's not the case anymore.
"I think he's just more relaxed," Torre said. "I think he was just wound up very tight. You can't help yourself. We have stats all over the board; you get up to home plate, you look out there, and you see what you're hitting."
Torre also said prior to Monday's game that the Dodgers will activate reliever Carlos Monasteriois (blister) either Tuesday or Wednesday.Marlins: Rodriguez could mix and match bullpen
Manager Edwin Rodriguez's use of his bullpen on Sunday was a bit out of the ordinary. He used three pitchers -- Clay Hensley, Taylor Tankersley and Tim Wood -- in the eighth inning. Each pitcher recorded an out before closer Leo Nunez closed the ninth. Although Rodriguez used Hensley and Nunez in the conventional fashion on Monday -- Hensley in the eighth and Nunez in the ninth -- he said he could go with his gut.
"I went with my instincts [Sunday]," Rodriguez said. "[Hensley] faced the leadoff hitter, and he reached base on an error, but that ball was well-hit. And he's just coming off the DL, so I just went with my instincts. But usually, he's going to be our setup guy. That's the plan when he's full go."Worth noting
With his first-inning single Monday, Marlins rookie first baseman Gaby Sanchez became the third Marlins rookie in team history to have 90-plus hits in the first half of the season Dan Uggla (94 in 2006) and Alex Gonzalez (99 in 1999) are the others. ... Since the beginning of 2008, Dodgers outfielder Andre Either is hitting .431 (22-for-51) against Florida, the highest average in the Majors against the Marlins during that stretch.
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