ATLANTA -- Logan Morrison packed an extra jersey for the Marlins’ upcoming trip to Kansas City: a powder blue George Brett replica he hopes to have signed by the Royals’ Hall of Fame legend.
Morrison, a Kansas City native, grew up watching the Royals — and Brett — with his late father. Morrison changed his own uniform number to Brett’s No. 5 a couple of years ago.
Morrison said he is expecting up to 60 friends and family members for the three-game series.
Justin Ruggiano is not the happiest Marlin these days, and for obvious reasons. Ruggiano is suffering through a hitting slump of historic proportions. After grounding out Sunday in his lone plate appearance, Ruggiano extended his hitless streak to 42 at-bats in a row, which puts him within reach of the major-league record.
“I don’t have anything to say so, obviously, that’s how I’m dealing with it,” Ruggiano said Sunday when asked how he was coping with the long drought.
Ruggiano’s last hit occurred way back July 6.
The single-season major league record for consecutive hitless at-bats by a non-pitcher — 45 — is shared by Craig Counsell (2011) and Bill Bergen (1909).
Eugenio Velez went 46 consecutive at-bats without a hit over the course of two seasons, 2010-11.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-7, 4.40 ERA) at Kansas City Royals RHP Wade Davis (5-9, 5.42), 8:10 p.m., Kauffman Stadium.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.58) at Royals LHP Bruce Chen (5-0, 1.79), 8:10 p.m., Kauffman Stadium.
• Scouting report: The Marlins are making their first visit to Kansas City since 2007. The Royals’ bullpen leads the AL with a 2.75 ERA.