MIAMI -- In the top of the eighth inning of a 9-3 win against the Braves on April 30, the Marlins substituted Reed Johnson in right field for Giancarlo Stanton.
Johnson had one at-bat that day, and Stanton was rested two innings.
It's been the one little breather Stanton has had this season.
The 24-year-old slugger has been a mainstay and a force in the middle of the lineup, pacing the National League in home runs with 10 and leading the Majors in RBIs with 37 entering Tuesday.
Miami is approaching the middle of a stretch of playing 20 straight days, and manager Mike Redmond is weighing when to give Stanton a day off.
The team is rolling, and Stanton is a big reason why, so taking him out of the lineup is difficult.
"Any time you've got a guy in the middle of the order doing what he's doing, it's tough," Redmond said. "I haven't done it yet. But that's not to say it won't happen here soon, just to give him a day, whether he wants it or not."
Redmond is trying to give his regulars some time off.
On Monday, for instance, center fielder Marcell Ozuna didn't start, but he ended up playing.
With Wednesday being an afternoon game against the Mets, Stanton could get the day off.
"We'll see when that day comes," Redmond said. "With 20 straight, I've talked about giving some guys a few days off here. We'll give guys some days over the course of this upcoming road trip."
McGehee providing production behind Stanton
MIAMI -- Maybe at some point opponents will think twice about intentionally walking Giancarlo Stanton.
Actually, that's highly doubtful, but the Marlins' supporting cast still takes pride in trying to make the other team pay.
Casey McGehee did just that on Monday night, delivering a walk-off single in the ninth inning that rallied the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.
The decisive hit came with Christian Yelich on second and Stanton, walked intentionally, on first.
Being the guy the opposition would rather face is nothing new for McGehee. During his years with the Brewers, he found himself often batting behind slugger Prince Fielder.
At age 31, McGehee's long over having his feelings hurt.
"It definitely helped me learning how to deal with those situations hitting behind Prince all those years," the Miami third baseman said. "I've taken the personal part out of it. I understand what is going on. Not trying to do too much, just settle down and try to have a good at-bat. That's all you can do up there.
"Hopefully, you'll have enough good at-bats over the course of the year, and maybe once or twice they will think about maybe trying to pitch to [Stanton]. You're never going to get it stopped completely."
McGehee has been a big contributor in the middle of the order. He was batting .309 with nine doubles, a triple and 21 RBIs entering Tuesday.
Surprisingly, he has yet to hit a home run in his first 137 plate appearances, but he isn't concerned too much about that fact. He did note that his teammates have poked fun, placing weights in front of his locker.
But no one is shrugging off his production, especially when given RBI chances.
With runners on base entering Tuesday, McGehee was hitting .411 (23-for-56), and his average with runners in scoring position was .406 (13-for-32). With two outs and runners in scoring position, he was 8-for-18 (.444).
The impact of Stanton can't be understated. He is a force, pacing the National League in homers with 10, and leading the Majors in RBIs with 37 entering Tuesday.
When Stanton is pitched around, McGehee takes it in stride.
"I really try to get past that feeling," he said. "It doesn't help you when you get into the box. I just really try to stick to my approach and hit the ball hard somewhere."
Team-first philosophy paying off for Marlins
MIAMI -- From the start of Spring Training, the Marlins stressed a "team-first" philosophy, and the players have certainly bought into the concept.
It's easy to say the club is on the same page. But the players are reinforcing it with how they're playing.
The Marlins once again showed their resiliency with back-to-back walk-off wins on Sunday against the Dodgers and Monday against the Mets
Miami has been one of the better home teams all year, but it has struggled with a 2-10 record on the road.
"It's been our attitude all year," left fielder Christian Yelich said. "Even on the road, where we just haven't been able to make it happen so far. We have a bunch of guys on this team who don't quit. It doesn't matter if we're down three, four runs. Everyone is going hard until the last out is made. It's paying off for us. We've had some comeback wins."
The Marlins were second in the National League in runs scored entering Tuesday, and they've outscored their opponents 153-128.
Having the ability to score has energized a team that ranked last in the Majors in runs scored a year ago.
They rallied from three runs down to beat the Mets on Monday.
"That shows a lot about your team when you're down, 3-0, and you're able to stick with it and come back in the eighth inning and win it in the ninth," manager Mike Redmond said. "That just shows you where guys are at. They're still out there grinding and battling."
• Greg Dobbs, designated for assignment on April 29, was officially released on Tuesday. The veteran is now a free agent.
Dobbs made the Opening Day roster as a left-handed-hitting pinch-hit specialist. He went 1-for-13 in that role. But the team designated him to make room for utility infielder Ed Lucas.
• Rafael Furcal, who returned from his rehab assignment after aggravating his right groin, is receiving his treatment at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.
There is no timetable on when the 36-year-old second baseman could be activated.
"We'll see how that progresses and get him back on the field at some point," Redmond said. "I don't know when that will be. I know he's disappointed. It looked like he was really close."