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May 22, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins pitching coach Juan Nieves (L) talks with Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley (R) and Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis (C) during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins Begin Series With Rays

After losing to the Washington Nationals Sunday 8-2, the Miami Marlins host the beginning of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Marlins (22-21) are fourth in the NL East having lost four of their last five games, and lack of offense is a big reason why as they have scored only nine runs in those five games.

Christian Yelich has had a good season but is now struggling with back spasms. Due to these spasms, Yelich missed his second start in a row and he says it’s frustrating being out of the lineup; his status is day to day. Another Marlin who has been struggling is outfielder Giancarlo Stanton who ended a 0-for 19 drought with a single in the fifth inning against the Nationals. He finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and has 28 strikeouts over the past 15 games.

 Ichiro Suzuki had two singles and a third hit was erased by a replay reversal. Suzuki collected his 2,956the career hit, allowing him to pass Wee Willie Keeler for 32nd on the all-time hit list. 

The Marlins begin their series with Tampa Bay tonight with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. on FOX Sports Florida.

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