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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins may have a closer controversy brewing . Wholesale Rangers Jerseys ... or maybe it is just a good problem to have.The Marlins, fresh off a road sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, open a three-game series against the 2015 World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals, on Tuesday.Kansas City (64-60) is even hotter than Miami, having won eight consecutive games -- the majors longest active streak. Miami (65-59) has won three in a row. Still, neither team would be in the playoffs as the race currently stands.The Marlins have been coping with a power void caused by injuries to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and first baseman Justin Bour, who have combined to hit 40 homers in 171 games this season.It is dubious whether either slugger will return this year.In the meantime, both of Miamis left-handed starting pitchers -- Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen -- are on the disabled list.The bullpen issue surfaced Sunday, when All-Star closer A.J. Ramos returned from the disabled list -- but not in his former role.Fernando Rodney, who also made the All-Star Game this year on the strength of his work with the San Diego Padres, closed all three games in the Pirates series.Ramos pitched the eighth inning Sunday, which left Marlins manager Don Mattingly to do some explaining.A.J. and I have talked, Mattingly said. Were going to do what is best for the team.The Marlins, trying to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final NL wild-card berth, are just hoping that either Rodney or Ramos is in position to save Tuesdays game.Miami will send right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-9, 4.92 ERA) to the mound for the series opener. Since being acquired from the Padres on July 31 in a package that included Miamis top hitting prospect, Josh Naylor, being sent to San Diego, Cashner has gone 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four starts.His numbers are even worse in his past three starts: a 7.04 ERA. Cashner also has nine walks and just six strikeouts in his past two starts.To get his first win with the Marlins, Cashner will have to cool off a red-hot Kansas City team and defeat right-hander Yordano Ventura (8-9, 4.46 ERA). The Royals have won each of Venturas past four starts, and he has a 2.52 ERA during that span.Royals left-hander Danny Duffy expects another quality outing from Ventura.Our rotation has been unbelievable, Duffy said Sunday. Our bullpen is back, doing what were known to do. The teams been doing great. We just have to keep that up.Indeed, Kansas City has won five straight series and 13 out of 15 games. And after the series at Marlins Park, 20 of the Royals final 35 games are at home.Other story lines to watch:--Marlins executive Michael Hill said Chen (left elbow) may not be back until late September. Hill said Conley (left hand) could be back sooner.--The Marlins are rotating three players at first base -- Derek Dietrich, Xavier Scruggs and Chris Johnson. The team is also reportedly looking to make a trade to acquire outfielder Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves. Francoeur would be used as a backup and a pinch hitter.--This will be the first series between Miami and Kansas City since the Marlins took two out of three from the Royals three years ago. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Rangers Jerseys China . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. http://www.cheaptexasrangersjerseys.com/ . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half.Robert Thornton says victory against Michael Smith in the Premier League this week will give him a great chance to avoid elimination. The Scot has been left bottom of the table for each of the last three weeks as he continues to battle against a first ever elimination from the competition.However he has an ideal chance to get himself in a position to survive when he plays twice in Liverpool on Thursday night. Smith provides the first opposition of the night while the formidable figure of Michael van Gerwen looms large for his second game.With Smith just points ahead of him the Thorn knows he can set up a monumental scrap for survival in Cardiff on Thursday week.Ive got one point and he [Michael Smith] has got three so if I beat him there is a chance there will be three players on three points, Thornton told Sky Sports.it is a do or die match in some ways and I am looking forward to it. Then it couldnt get much harder than Michael so its not worked out great for me. Mardles PL predictions Wayne Mardle with his picks for night eight I will give both games my all and hopefully get a point or two from them.If I get two points against Michael [Smith], I can just go up and enjoy my darts against Michael van Gerwen - we all know he is beatable.Thornton, a two-time major winner, has been playing catch-up since missingg night two in Newcastle through illness and he says it is never ideal to miss a week and leave yourself on the back foot. Cheap Rangers Jerseys. Thornton was a major winner in 2015, claiming the World Grand Prix in Dublin (Pic: Lawrence Lustig) You never what to miss anything, you want to play every week, he added.Missing week two through a bit of illness knocked me back a bit but hopefully I started to show some signs of form last week and it will click on Thursday night.My form is coming back and I can practice a bit more now, so it shouldnt take too long to get top form back.There will be no sitting back and taking it easy, I will have to go up there and go hell for leather from the very beginning.You can watch all the action from Liverpool on Thursday night live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm. 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