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Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich ties team hit-by-pitch mark

Derek Dietrich is no soldier.

But he’s certainly endured his fair share of friendly fire, especially of late.

When he was struck by a pitch in the ninth inning on Saturday, he equaled the Marlins’ franchise record for the number of times being hit by pitches in one season — 17.

“Someone made me aware of [the record], and I was like, ‘this early?’ ” Dietrich said. “We’re not even halfway [through the year] yet.”

Dietrich was hit four times by Braves pitchers in the three games played over the weekend in Atlanta. He equaled the record held by Carlos Delgado, who was hit 17 times in 2005.

Dietrich has been hit 47 times in his Marlins career, leaving him four behind the team record held by Alex Gonzalez.

But Dietrich said he’s not going to try to get hit just to break the mark.

“I’m just going to try to continue to try to hit the ball before it hits me,” he said.

But he said he might have to keep the next ball that hits him as a memento for breaking Delgado’s single-season mark.


First baseman Justin Bour is still hobbling with a sore right ankle.

“He’s a little sore [Sunday],” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Bour, who came out of Saturday’s game after planting his foot awkwardly on the bag at first.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to take. We hope when we get to New York [for the Mets series that begins Monday], he’s going to at least be a pinch-hitter.”

Chris Johnson started at first base on Sunday night against the Braves.


The Marlins were allowed to call up a “26th man” for the Fort Bragg game and filled the slot with Double A Jacksonville outfielder Yefri Perez.

Perez has already stolen 37 bases this season for Jacksonville.

“We feel like he’s going to be a guy late in the year that’s going to be coming up,” Mattingly said.

“We wanted to give him a little bit of a taste of being up here before he would come back in September. He plays three infield spots and plays the outfield also.”

Perez was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic and has been in the Marlins’ minor-league system since 2009.


Jose Fernandez became only the third pitcher in the past 25 years to start a game one day after driving in the winning run.

Fernandez was sent up as a pinch-hitter in the 12th inning on Friday and drove in the deciding runs.

On Saturday, he started and lost to the Braves, giving up a career-high nine runs.

The only other pitchers to record a game-winning RBI one day and start the next were Andrew Cashner in 2013 and Yovani Gallardo in 2014.


▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.45 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.55), 4:10 p.m., Citi Field.

▪ Tuesday: Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-3, 5.11) at Mets LHP Steven Matz (7-3, 3.40), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.

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