Guillen, Marlins try to take pressure off Hanley

Guillen, Marlins try to take pressure off Hanley

CINCINNATI -- Don't try to do too much is the message that's been delivered to Hanley Ramirez.

There was a sense that Ramirez was pressing in his first two games, as the Miami third baseman went 0-for-8.

Manager Ozzie Guillen spoke with Ramirez about relaxing.

"I talked to Hanley. He was watching videos," Guillen said. "When people get anxious, I talk to them."

Ramirez broke out of an 0-for-10 slide in thunderous fashion, crushing a two-run homer in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Reds.

"He's a piece of the puzzle," Guillen said of the three-time All-Star. "We don't have to wait for him to carry this ballclub. He can't carry this ballclub by himself."

Ramirez has responded to the Marlins' new manager.

From the start of Spring Training, Guillen has stressed the importance of keeping an open line of communication with his players.

Ramirez is going through a transition, switching from shortstop to third base. There will be growing pains and missteps along the way.

The Marlins are being patient with Ramirez.

"[Ozzie's] been like that the whole spring," Ramirez said. "He loosens up everybody. We've got a lot of confidence. He's always got our backs. We're going to go out there and play the game the way it's supposed to be played. We're playing hard."