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Roof stays open for third consecutive game

Roof stays open for third consecutive game

Roof stays open for third consecutive game
MIAMI -- For the third night in a row, the roof was open for first pitch at Marlins Park.

When the team opted to open the roof for Monday's series opener against the Red Sox, it was done in an effort to switch things up and try to help end the Marlins' six-game losing streak. The team kept with the fresh air again Tuesday, and although Miami lost, 2-1, the 338,000 square-foot roof was open once again for Wednesday's finale against Boston.

It marked just the seventh time this season the roof has been open at first pitch.

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One of the criteria for the roof being open at Marlins Park is a game-time temperature less than 80 degrees. The temperature inside the stadium when the roof is closed and the air conditioning is on is typically in the mid-70s, but some Marlins players believe it's cooler on the field when the roof is retracted.

"On the field here it's hot [when the roof is closed]," said outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who started in center field Wednesday for the third time since joining the Marlins. "The other night when I was out in center and they had the roof open it was nice. It was real nice. ... You feel the breeze with the roof open."

Right-hander Josh Johnson, who started Monday's game, expressed similar sentiments, saying it feels much more humid on the field with the roof closed, even with the air conditioning.

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