Marlins lose to Braves 7-5; Stanton held out

By Tim Reynolds

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 9:15 p.m. MDT

Stanton is one of the few bright spots for the Marlins, who are already assured of finishing with a losing record. His 34 homers entering Monday were as many as the next three players on the team's current roster — Ruggiano (13), Jose Reyes (11) and John Buck (10) — combined, and his 81 RBIs are also by far a team-best.

He's also batting .283, 21 points better than what he managed a season ago.

"That injury really can put you down for a little while," Guillen said. "That's why I think not playing for a couple of days ... he's (not) worth the risk to do that. It's not necessary."

The Marlins have 14 games remaining. Stanton is eight home runs shy of matching Gary Sheffield's single-season team record of 42, set in 1996.

Stanton's 34 homers this season — it's the total he had in 2011 as well — is already tied for the second-best season in Marlins history, with Miguel Cabrera also hitting 34 in 2007.

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