Placido Polanco has 7,471 plate appearances in his 15-year career. Just seven of those at-bats came from the clean-up spot, the last one in 2002.
But with less than a week until opening day, Polanco is the latest hitter to audition for the fourth spot in the Marlins’ order.
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• Catcher Rob Brantly, a former Tigers prospect, connected off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning for his first home run of the spring. But Miami lost to Detroit 6-3.
• Wade LeBlanc allowed three runs in the first inning, then settled down. He went five innings, allowing four runs and striking out four.
• Adeiny Hechavarria tripled and drove in a run, raising his batting average to .180.
• Chad Qualls, who’s trying to win a bullpen spot, hit Ramon Santiago with a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.