Marlins employ ninth lineup in nine games

Marlins employ ninth lineup in nine games

MIAMI -- Nine games, nine different lineups.

It's not the formula Marlins manager Mike Redmond expected to be using. But he is scrambling to find a combination that can score some runs.

"We're going to keep mixing and matching until we find a lineup that we can score some runs with," Redmond said. "I don't think we've had the same lineup out there twice yet."

The team hasn't. One reason is first baseman Casey Kotchman, who started the first two games, went on the disabled list on April 5 with a left hamstring strain. And backup catcher Miguel Olivo has made three starts, with Rob Brantly getting the other six starts.

Redmond has had the challenge of trying to find a cleanup hitter to protect Giancarlo Stanton, who bats third.

From the fourth spot, Placido Polanco drove in a run with a single and added a double in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Braves.

Polanco and Greg Dobbs have hit in the cleanup spot, behind Stanton.

"We'll just keep mixing and matching and moving guys around, and see where everybody fits and where we can get some run production," Redmond said.

Chris Valaika got the start at first base on Wednesday. A natural middle infielder, Valaika is seeing game action at first base for the first time at any level.

"I've been working on it," he said. "It's something that I'm excited to do. All that practice, and it's something I'm excited to be doing."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter