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Lineup Change

As everyone noticed from last night, Fredi juggled the batting order around.

The idea had been knocking around in Fredi Gonzalez's mind since spring training. He just didn't have the personnel available to make it happen.

Thursday, Gonzalez batted center fielder Alejandro De Aza second between Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera. Dan Uggla, who hit second in each of the first 114 games he started, went to the five-hole behind Josh Willingham. Jacobs hit sixth and Jeremy Hermida eighth.

"It makes us a little more dangerous in that middle," Gonzalez said. "I didn't do it to trigger something. I think it balances out the lineup a little better."

Since the Marlins won I would expect for it to remain at least for another night.  But if it doesn't continue to be productive, it may change back.  Or so Fredi indicates.

"It puts some speed at the top and it makes us more dangerous in the middle,'' he said. "It balances out the lineup a little better. We'll try it and if it doesn't work well, put it back. I think it'll work.''

Offense hasn't been the problem this year, but the new lineup is somewhat reminiscent old.  Speed at the top and then bring on the sluggers.  Of which, Danny is most definitely one.  De Aza is still unproven, but hey, there is no reason not to give it a shot.