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Another Record Set

This time it is Hanley Ramirez to log his name in the record books.

With his 50th steal Wednesday, Hanley Ramirez became the first NL rookie ever to reach that plateau and score more than 110 runs. The two players that have done it in the American League: Ichiro Suzuki for the 2001 Mariners and Donie Bush for the 1909 Detroit Tigers.

To set the team record for steals in his rookie season, Hanley is going to need an average of a stolen base per game for the remaining nine games.

The Marlins rookie stolen base record is 58, set by Chuck Carr in 1993.

It is somewhat doubtful he will be able to pull that off.

Ramirez left Thursday's game after being struck on his right hand while trying to bunt in the seventh inning. The ball nicked Ramirez's right index and middle fingers. Though X-rays were negative, the shortstop said he wasn't sure he would be able to play tonight.

''Right now it's 95 percent,'' Ramirez said. ``I want to play. But I don't want to [mess] it up again, either.''

If Ramirez is unavailable I would expect to see Ross in center and either Amezaga or Andino at short, especially since there is a potentially tough lefty going for the Phillies tonight.