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08/01/10 8:42 PM EST

Ohman saw trade coming

SAN DIEGO -- A hunch that something may happen had Will Ohman bringing some extra luggage with him when the Orioles went on their current road trip.

"I had a bag packed, just in case," Ohman said. "I went the Boy Scout route, and was prepared. I didn't expect anything. It was one of those things where we were going on the road and I might not be coming back."

Intuition became a reality. Minutes before Saturday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, the Orioles dealt Ohman to the Marlins for right-hander Rick VandenHurk.

After arriving from Kansas City, where the Orioles were playing, Ohman was in uniform, wearing No. 13 in the Marlins' series finale with the Padres at PETCO Park.

A veteran lefty specialist, Ohman turns 33 on Aug. 13. He joins Taylor Tankersley as the second left-hander in the bullpen.

The timing of the trade comes with the heavily left-handed-hitting Phillies coming to Sun Life Stadium beginning on Tuesday for a three-game series. Ohman will be used more in the late innings, with Tankersley getting the nod in earlier innings.

The Marlins have ground to make up. But after being with the Orioles, who have the worst record in baseball, Ohman welcomes the chance to be on a team hoping to compete.

"It's an energetic club that is playing hot," Ohman said of the Marlins. "So absolutely you feel like you can catch lightning in a bottle. When you get into the moved into that situation, it's definitely an energizing situation. A little more energy. More meaningful games. It's exciting to work with that."

Ohman was having a solid season with the Orioles, after a rough 2009 with the Dodgers. He was bothered by a shoulder issue a year ago, and had surgery last fall.

"I had some bone spurs in the AC joint," said Ohman, who appeared in 51 games this year with the Orioles. "Everybody gets worried about that because it is a shoulder, but it had all the excitement of having a bone chip in your elbow. That's why I couldn't throw pitches where I wanted to."

Ohman faced one batter and induced an inning-ending flyout in his Marlins debut during a 5-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Sanchez adjusting well to role in lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Batting either second or third in the lineup isn't much of an adjustment for Marlins rookie Gaby Sanchez.

Throughout his Minor League career, he primarily hit third. But for most of this season, he was slotted second.

Now that Chris Coghlan is on the disabled list and Hanley Ramirez moved to the leadoff spot, Sanchez has slid to the No. 3 hole.

"They don't pitch to the spot in the lineup," Sanchez said. "They pitch to the player. In the Minor Leagues, they don't have the scouting reports like here, so maybe you will get more offspeed pitches just because you are the third batter. For the most part, they know what to throw to you.

"For me, it's not really a big deal hitting third. I'm still going to get pitched to, regardless of where I am in the lineup."

With a small sample size, Sanchez entered Sunday 5-for-25 (.200) while batting third. However, in the past two games, he came up with key hits. On Friday night, he belted a home run, and he added a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning on Saturday.

From the two-spot, Sanchez posted strong numbers in 68 games -- .301 batting average, .349 on-base percentage with 15 doubles, 10 homers and 35 RBIs.

A strong National League Rookie of the Year candidate, Sanchez is batting .292 with 12 homers, 24 doubles and 49 RBIs.

The Miami native says he doesn't try to do too much while hitting in the three-hole.

"If I do that, then I'm just going to be putting pressure on myself," Sanchez said. "That's not what you want to do in baseball. You want to limit the amount of pressure you put on yourself. Of course I want to drive the guy in with the guy on second and two outs. But it's not going to happen too much.

"You want to get into a situation where you swing at a good pitch, and you give yourself a chance to drive the guy in. If you hit the ball hard, you can't really complain about it. You've just got to go up there without putting pressure that you want to do it."

Hanley looks to shake off rough July

SAN DIEGO -- Coming off his worst month of the season, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is relaxed and ready to do his part in the stretch run.

The All-Star has been a standout of late for the Marlins, not so much with his bat, but with his glove. A .282 batter for the season, Ramirez hit .242 with one homer and four RBIs in July.

By far, it was his worst month at the plate. His home run on July 2 at Atlanta was his only extra-base hit.

Ramirez isn't blaming a dry spell on being in the Home Run Derby, where he finished second to David Ortiz.

"Cabrera isn't slumping," Ramirez said.

Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera, a former teammate of Ramirez with the Marlins, took part in the Derby and he is having a career season in Detroit.

Ramirez feels rested and comfortable. He is upbeat because the Marlins have been rolling at an 11-5 clip since the All-Star break.

"I think we are showing a lot of intensity. Everybody is playing loose," Ramirez said. "This is the big leagues. You need to just go out and play hard, relax and not put any pressure on yourself."

Ramirez can't pinpoint why the team is clicking as compared to before the All-Star break.

"I don't know what's been the difference, but I'm feeling it," he said. "For me, I'm not doing that good, but I'm feeling it on the field. I feel more relaxed.

"The feeling on the field is different. I feel good. I'm in shape right now. My legs feel good. My arm feels good. That's been the difference with my defense."

Ramirez opened the third inning on Sunday with a home run off Jon Garland, ending a career long drought of 24 straight games without an extra-base hit.

Uggla's record homer brings memories

SAN DIEGO -- Nothing historic occurred when Dan Uggla belted a home run at PETCO Park in 2006. But that shot sure looked and felt good.

As a rookie in '06, Uggla joined an exclusive club to reach the third deck balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. building down the left-field line. Prior to Saturday, that was Uggla's lone home run in San Diego.

On Saturday, Uggla went deep at PETCO Park. This shot was significant because it was No. 144 of his career, a Marlins franchise record. Mike Lowell had 143 when he was with Florida.

"It's a little more historic," Uggla said of his home run on Saturday. "But I'll tell you what, I haven't hit too many balls like I hit the first one here. Those are fun ones to hit and fun ones to look at."

In the history of PETCO Park, not many have reached the third level. Also in that series then, Miguel Cabrera put a homer on the third-level balcony.

A pure feat of strength occurred on Saturday during batting practice. Mike Stanton belted a home run off the scoreboard in left-center.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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