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Marlins drop struggling Jose Reyes out of the leadoff spot

Apr 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is shaking up his lineup in an effort to jump-start an offense which has scored only six runs during their current six-game losing streak.

After getting the day off yesterday, Jose Reyes has been dropped down to second in the order tonight against the Diamondbacks. He’ll be flip-flopped with center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who will bat leadoff against right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Signed to be a catalyst for the top of the Marlins’ lineup, Reyes is hitting just .205/.263/.329 with five doubles, two triples, four stolen bases and a .591 OPS over his first 80 plate appearances this season. The 28-year-old went 1-for-12 in his return to New York earlier this week and has just three hits over his last 23 at-bats.

Reyes has 44 career starts out of the No. 2 spot, but this is his first since July 10, 2010. History suggests the lineup tweak will be a temporary one.

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