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Hitting approach key when Marlins return home

Hitting approach key when Marlins return home

Hitting approach key when Marlins return home
HOUSTON -- Marlins hitting coach Eduardo Perez says it is too early to determine whether or not Marlins Park will be more hitter-friendly than Sun Life Stadium.

"We're talking about the month of April," Perez said. "We're still testing it. They've tested the roof open; they've tested the roof closed. They've tested a lot of things.

"I think we're going to have to give it an entire year to see how it's going to play in June and July and September. Hopefully we'll also get to find out how it plays in October."

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The Marlins struggled in their most recent homestand, while they entered Tuesday with a seven-game road winning streak. Perez said he didn't have to do much talking to convince the team to take a little different approach at the new ballpark.

"I don't think it's about listening to me," he said. "It's more about their experience. You could see their flustered faces on the way back [to the dugout].

"They saw it. They were like, 'Wow, I got a hold of that.' Or, 'I hit it well, and in a lot of ballparks it goes, but here it doesn't.' We've got to get some backspin going. We get some backspin going, the ball is going to go no matter what."

Perez said it is a matter of having the right approach.

"Looking for the pitch and driving the ball in the gaps," he said. "And if you get it out front, with that rotation, it's going to go -- I don't care who you are, how big, how small. But if you're going to try to lift, my friend, you're in for a long night."

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