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Redmond contemplating off-days during stretch

Redmond contemplating off-days during stretch

MIAMI -- A stretch of 20-straight games has Miami manager Mike Redmond calculating when to give his regulars a day off.

On Saturday night, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was given a breather. Jeff Mathis was behind the plate to catch Jacob Turner, who was reinstated from the disabled list to start the second of three games against the Dodgers.

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Left fielder Christian Yelich also was given a day off, and Reed Johnson started in his place.

The Marlins are at the midway point of their nine-game homestand, and they will immediately head to the West Coast to play an 11-game road trip in consecutive days.

Redmond said he is considering giving Giancarlo Stanton a day off on Wednesday in the series finale with the Mets. The team also hopes to give center fielder Marcell Ozuna a breather soon.

"We're going to mix a few guys in," Redmond said. "When you are playing 20 straight days, you don't have the luxury of days off to keep guys fresh."

Saltalamacchia, 8-for-14 so far on the homestand with two homers, is scheduled to start on Sunday with Jose Fernandez pitching.

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