Marlins Manager Jack McKeon will miss two games because of a death in his family.
In McKeon's absence, bench coach Harry Dunlop managed the Marlins last night and will again today against the Braves. McKeon is scheduled to rejoin the team in New York tomorrow, when the Marlins open a three-game weekend series against the Mets.
Dunlop has worked with McKeon for years, joining him for stints in Kansas City, San Diego and Cincinnati.
"You're always kind of thinking in managing mode," Dunlop said. "And Jack and I have been together so many years, that I kind of know how he runs the game."
Dunlop, 71, managed parts of 14 seasons in the minor leagues between 1958 and 1993, seven as a player-manager. He's in his first season with the Marlins; he spent the previous three seasons coaching high school baseball in Elk Grove, Calif.
* DIETZ DIES: Former all-star C Dick Dietz, who was involved with Don Drysdale in one of baseball's most disputed plays in the 1960s, has died. He was 63.
Dietz died Tuesday from a heart attack, according to the Hunter Funeral Home in Clayton, Ga. He will be buried in Greenville, S.C.
Dietz hit .261 with 66 home runs and 301 RBI from 1966 to 1973, mostly with the San Francisco Giants. He finished his career with Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Dietz is known for what happened at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 1968.
Drysdale was in the midst of setting a major league record of 582/3 scoreless innings and bidding for his fifth straight shutout when the Giants loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning.
Dietz came up, and was hit in the elbow by a 2-2 pitch from the future Hall of Famer. But before Dietz could take his base and force home a run that would break Drysdale's streak, plate umpire Harry Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz did not try to get out of the way of the ball.
"He stood there like a post," former Giants teammate Ron Hunt recalled.
The Giants loudly argued the call, but Dietz returned to the plate with a full count and hit a shallow fly ball that was not deep enough to score a run. Drysdale retired the next two batters to finish the shutout and extend his string to 45 scoreless innings.
* MARLINS 6, BRAVES 5: Juan Encarnacion's single to right field with two outs in the 13th inning drove home Miguel Cabrera with the winning run, capping host Florida's second comeback of the night.
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