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Valdespin providing spark to Marlins from the start

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ATLANTA -- Three games is certainly a small sample size, but Jordany Valdespin already is bringing some energy to the Marlins at second base and at the plate.

The left-handed-hitting infielder did not start on Tuesday because Atlanta started southpaw Mike Minor. So Donovan Solano got the start at second base.

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But in three games since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans, Valdespin is 3-for-11 (.273) with a .333 on-base percentage. He delivered a double off Julio Teheran in Monday's 3-1 win in 10 innings. He's also shown the ability to execute sacrifice bunts from the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

"I've been happy with the way he's played," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's giving us good at-bats, and playing good defense. You can hit-and-run with him. You can do a lot of different things with him. This is an opportunity for him to maybe re-establish himself. Hopefully, he's a big spark for us and he continues to do what he's doing. I'm impressed with the way that he's played."

With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, the Marlins have been searching for a starting pitcher and a second baseman. Valdespin is getting an opportunity to see if he can be an answer.

"This is a good team, with young guys and veteran guys," Valdespin said. "We've got a good team, too.

"I'm here to help in any situation they want. I can play outfield. I can play second. I try to bring energy to the team, and be emotional, and at the same time, play the game the right way."

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

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