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Update 12:32 p.m. The big news of the day is that Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez submitted his resignation this morning, shocking players on a reeling club that had lost 17 of their last 18 games.


Rodriguez, in his first full season as manager, is in the midst of the worst stretch in franchise history. Bench coach Brandon Hyde will manage the team today, as Larry Beinfest, the Marlins president of baseball operations, going to search for an interim manager to finish out the season. Beinfest broke the news to the team, which had yet to speak with the manager in the time media was allowed in the clubhouse.

"I think it's more shocking to us all because, right now, nothing is going right for us," third baseman Wes Helms said. "And this puts icing on the cake. It seems like right now, it's all negative with the Marlins, that's the way it is right now. It's tough to swallow, it really is. Edwin was great with us. He really was. I can't speak for him why he did it. I do know he did everything he could."

Developing: The Rays will go for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins today in a Father's Day matinee at Tropicana Field.

They'll have right-hander James Shields on the mound, and he'll be coming off his complete-game shutout of the Red Sox last week. With a win today, and the Rays will post victories on three consecutive days at home for the first time since April 18-20.

The Marlins, meanwhile, have lost 17 of their last 18, including 1-17 in June. They'll start RHP Chris Volstad.

Even though it's the final day of a homestand before a six-game road trip, the Rays will roll out pretty much their regular lineup:

Rays lineup
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Joyce rf
Longoria 3b
Kotchman 1b
Upton cf
Jaso c
Fuld lf
Brignac ss
Shields rhp

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:15am]


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