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Reyes slides down to third in Miami lineup

Reyes slides down to third in Miami lineup

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Reyes slides down to third in Miami lineup
MIAMI -- Get on base and make things happen has been what's expected of Jose Reyes. The Marlins also are counting on their veteran shortstop to drive in some runs.

On Friday, Reyes was moved to the third spot in the order for the first time this year.

Reyes, batting .333 with two doubles and three home runs since the All-Star break entering Friday, is not being counted on to hit home runs. But if he can help drive in a few runs and then create havoc on the bases, he will fill a valuable role. Reyes hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning Friday, extending his hit streak to 14 games.

"I don't expect him to hit 40 home runs," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Hopefully, he can drive those guys in. We're missing a couple of key people, and LoMo [Logan Morrison] isn't hitting the ball well. We've got to take advantage, get some guys who can drive some guys in. I think Reyes is the best guy who can do that."

The lineup is without Hanley Ramirez, who was traded on Wednesday to the Dodgers. And Giancarlo Stanton had right knee surgery on July 8, and he will be out at least two more weeks.

Stanton did some jogging on Friday after testing the knee on an anti-gravity treadmill.

With Reyes hitting third, the Marlins have tremendous speed at the top of the order. Emilio Bonifacio and Donovan Solano are ahead of Reyes.

"We're going to try to making things happen," Guillen said. "I have to try to push buttons. We're going to try to make some plays."

In Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Braves on Wednesday, Miami stole seven bases. Minus power, the team will be banking on speed to help jump-start the offense.

"Sometimes it's going to work, and sometimes it doesn't," Guillen said. "I'm going to take advantage of the type of team we have. I'm going to take advantage of the speed that we have. Hopefully that helps us win games."

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