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Miami Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto flirts with cycle

While the Marlins remain one of only two teams (the Padres are the other) that have never had a player hit for the cycle, rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto lacked only the home run in Friday’s 15-7 blowout victory.

Realmuto had a single, double and triple in four at-bats.

It’s not the first time this season that Realmuto came close to achieving the rare feat.

“It was the second time this year I’ve been one away,” Realmuto said. “I was a double short at [Double A] Jacksonville.”

grand entrance

Kike Hernandez’s grand slam Friday was not only the first of his major-league career, he said it was the first he has ever hit at any level — professional or amateur.

“It was the first grand slam of my life,” Hernandez said.

The grand slam was the fourth this season by the Marlins. Marcell Ozuna connected on two of them, and Giancarlo Stanton blasted one.

ending with a bang

If last impressions mean anything, Donovan Solano could be helping his cause to remain the Marlins’ second baseman next season.

Solano collected five hits in Friday’s split doubleheader against the Nationals — including all three of the Marlins’ hits off Doug Fister in the first game — and has had five multi-hit games over his past 10 starts.

“I’m trying to think like this is April,” Solano said of his mind-set. “I’m not trying to think there’s only two more days. I’m trying to have fun, to still enjoy the game — not like there’s only two more days and I can go home.”

penny’s path

Veteran Brad Penny said he will pitch in the Dominican Republic this winter and hopes to receive a spring training invite with a major-league team.

In his comeback with the Marlins, Penny has gone 2-1 with a 6.58 ERA and has been used sporadically out of the bullpen after making four starts for Miami. Penny, 36, said he feels like he can still start in the majors.

“I can’t pitch on 14 days’ rest, or 10 days,” he said. “It’s impossible for me to stay sharp. But I feel like I can still pitch. I’m healthy.”

COMING UP

▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (12-6, 2.70 ERA) at Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78), 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park.

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