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Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich has Oscar encounter

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Marlins rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich had one of those once-in-a-lifetime encounters in the Big Apple last week when he and agent David Meter bumped into three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Greenwich Village.

“I had just finished up at the MLB Fan Cave with my agent, and we’re about to get on the subway when [Meter] said, ‘Hey D, that’s Daniel Day-Lewis,’” Dietrich said.

“[Day-Lewis] was talking to his son. We stood there and waited. He handed his son some money. His son went one way, and he started walking toward us. My agent said ‘Daniel!’ He said, ‘Oh man, I was trying to fly under the radar. You caught me.’ David said, ‘I’ve got one of my players here, and they’re playing the Mets.’ [Day-Lewis] said he enjoyed baseball and asked me how my journey to the big leagues was.”

Dietrich didn’t ask Day-Lewis for his autograph but did ask him to pose for a photo.

“I’m a huge history buff, and I loved the movie Lincoln. So to see him was pretty cool,” Dietrich said of Day-Lewis, who recently won Best Actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln.

“As soon as I walked away I said, ‘Man, I should have invited him and his son to the game.’ ”

Back home again

Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, born in the Bronx and a graduate of nearby New Rochelle High, is looking forward to his Sunday start, one that figures to be well-attended by family and friends.

Koehler came back to New York with the Marlins last season in September and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Sunday’s start, though, will be his first back home.

“There’s been a lot of people who have helped out along the way for me to get here. For them, I’m sure it will mean a lot,” said Koehler, who is still looking for his first big-league victory. “I’m sure when I go out there warming up and stretching, I’ll see a lot of faces I haven’t seen in a while and some quick memories will flash back.”

Koehler said he’s leaving six tickets for his parents, grandmothers, wife and sister, but the rest of his family and friends are on their own when it comes to buying tickets.

“I don’t want a situation where you leave 35 tickets and 15 show up,” Koehler said, laughing.

Pitching in front of family and friends might not be as difficult a task as Koehler had Friday when manager Mike Redmond caught his bullpen session.

“He didn’t have any gear on, so that was the scary part,” Koehler said. “It’s only been two years out of the game, but shorts and a T-shirt? I don’t know if he was hoping I would bounce one off the turf. He was back there, wasn’t bailing out on anything. I was a little more focused than I probably would have been — especially indoors.”

• Redmond said that he expects first baseman Logan Morrison — who homered Friday night for Double A Jacksonville and is 5 for his past 22 at-bats with five homers and six RBI — to be activated Monday, as expected.

Redmond said that All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton could take a couple extra days before he rejoins the Marlins. He has been playing for the Single A Jupiter Hammerheads, who had their past two games rained out Thursday and Friday.

• Outfielder Brent Keys (.356, seven RBI) and left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino (2-0, 1.71 ERA, 29 strikeouts, four walks) were named the Marlins’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for May. Both play for Jupiter.

COMING UP

Sunday: Marlins RHP Koehler (0-4, 3.70 ERA) at New York Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.40), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.61) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.25), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: His last start against the Phillies was the first time in five starts that Koehler allowed more than three runs. Niese got a no-decision the last time he faced the Marlins, giving up two runs and eight hits over six innings.

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