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Rumors of Mike Lowell's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

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A nice win at the ballpark last night. Coupled with losses by the Braves and Nationals, the Marlins now are in sole possession of first place (sure, it's May, but that's still nice).

Most encouraging of all was that last night's win was highlighted by Mike Lowell's all around strong performance. Not only did Lowell have two hits and knock in three runs, but he also drilled a ball to the left field wall that was caught for an out and also made a diving catch to turn a foul liner into an out (one of two great defensive plays that he made). Hopefully last night's performance (either that or maybe it was the pop up in LA) marks the end to what has been a season long skump for Lowell.

Last night was also Cuban heritage night at the ball park. Hopefully there weren't many Paraguayans in attendance, because if there were they likely went home offended at the show that went on for Cuban night, relative to what was done for their own countrymen. In addition to Cuban music between innings, the players' pictures were altered from what was normally shown on the video board. Instead of just showing the guys' smiling faces, while wearing their game jerseys, last night's pictures featured the Marlins in guayaberas and (feel free to correct me here) straw hats (I would have called them fedoras, but this site calls them Havana straw hats).

The Rays jumbotron pitures were also altered from what you'd usually expect, but not for Cuban Heritage night. Each Rays' picture featured a Devil Ray which was hooked (pun intended for those of you keeping up with the Marlins current marketing campaign) by what appeared to be the Josh Beckett fishing lure, which was given away earlier in the season. It was subtle, and you had to look for it, but it was mildly entertaining.