What's new: The Marlins lost two of three to the Red Sox, part of a 1-8 homestand that included three-game sweeps by the Rays and Braves. Former East Lake High standout Chris Coghlan will not be with the Marlins. He was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday after hitting .140 in 93 at-bats.
Key stat: Dating to last season, the Rays have won seven straight against Miami. In the three-game sweep in Miami, the Marlins went 2-for-30 with runners in scoring position.
Connections: Miami OF Justin Ruggiano, LHP Randy Choate, RHP Chad Gaudin and manager Ozzie Guillen are former Rays. Rays RHP Burke Badenhop is a former Marlin.
Series history: The Marlins lead 42-40 overall, but the Rays lead 20-17 in St. Petersburg.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer