ATLANTA -- The weekend trip to Cleveland for Interleague Play will make pitching decisions easier for Ozzie Guillen again. He admits his first year as a National League manager with the Marlins hasn't been without some tough calls.
With the White Sox, Guillen didn't have to worry about removing his starting pitcher for a pinch-hitter, even if he had a low pinch count.
Guillen had the luxury of the designated hitter in the American League. In the NL, there are more difficult decisions to make.
"I've got to take Carlos Zambrano out with 78 pitches? I take three guys out with 82 pitches, because I need a pinch-hitter," Guillen said. "I have to start learning how to process that. To me, that was hard, to look up, 'Oh, 78 pitches.' In the American League, that guy just started pitching and [the Marlins] have to pinch-hit for him. It's not easy to digest that.
"To me, it's very hard to take a pitcher out with 90 pitches and we're in the seventh. He can still pitch a couple more innings, but that's the way it is."
Stanton in lineup despite hurting shoulder
ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton's left shoulder was wrapped in ice after Wednesday's game, and the Marlins right fielder wasn't feeling all that good despite his heroics in the 8-4 victory over the Braves.
Stanton, though, was in the lineup Thursday night as the Marlins concluded their two-game series at Turner Field. He certainly doesn't want to sit out now. Not with the way he and the Marlins are playing in May.
In the month's first 15 games, Stanton has hit .328 with seven homers and 15 RBIs while also contributing some spectacular defensive plays as the Marlins have gone 12-3.
Stanton didn't bang up the shoulder making his diving catch in the fourth inning to keep the Braves from tying the game, but rather trying to catch a sinking liner in the seventh inning on a less difficult play.
"I lost it in the lights and then I picked it up probably this far away," said Stanton, holding out his right arm. "I don't know how it hurts so bad. But they were saying it looked pretty ugly on film. [My left arm] kind of yanked over. The ground kept it from going. But it will be all right. It was really [painful]. It really hurt."
Stanton has had plenty of highlight catches this season, including a leaping grab against the Pirates on Tuesday in Miami that rated just behind Wednesday's grab. But he has also had some ugly defensive moments.
After not being able to come up with Eric Hinske's liner Wednesday, Stanton booted a single by Martin Prado later in the inning for his fifth error of the season.
"A lot of stupid, stupid mistakes this year," Stanton said of his defense. "Like the ball right there. It snaked on me a little bit. That's about all my errors. Easy plays like that. I've just got to learn from it and keep improving."
First-base coach Gary Thurman works with outfielders, and he praised Stanton's effort to keep getting more consistent in the field.
"He works really hard, and the hard work is starting to pay off," Thurman said. "The sky is the limit."
Stanton just needs to make all the easy plays with the determination he uses to make the hard ones.
"He makes a great play, then has trouble with a routine one," Thurman said. "You have to concentrate on every play."
Dobbs could see lots of time vs. Tribe righties
ATLANTA -- Ozzie Guillen has been waiting to get Greg Dobbs into the Marlins' lineup more often. This weekend, the manager will have the opportunity.
Interleague Play is beginning, and the Marlins have three games in Cleveland against the Indians, who will start right-handers in each game. That leaves Dobbs as a top candidate -- along with regular left fielder Logan Morrison -- to be the designated hitter.
"It would be very nice," Dobbs said of possibly starting some of the games. "I'll have to see how the lineups play out, but I definitely look forward to it."
The DH, of course, allows Morrison to stay in the lineup and rest his surgically repaired knee. But having both left-handed hitters in the lineup a few games wouldn't be a bad thing against the Indians.
Dobbs has started just seven times this season -- four at first base and three in the outfield -- after being the regular third baseman much of last year and playing 100 games there.
But the Marlins have Hanley Ramirez at third now, and Dobbs has been left mostly to his specialty -- pinch-hitting. He is the active Major League leader in hits, homers and RBIs in that category.
Serving as a DH is hardly foreign territory for someone used to a pinch-hitting role.
"It's just like pinch-hitting, except you get three at-bats, and potentially four," Dobbs said. "The preparation is no different. But it's always fun. I like Interleague games."
Dobbs had a career-high 411 at-bats last season, hitting .275 with 23 doubles, eight homers and 49 RBIs in his first year with the Marlins.
In 48 at-bats this season through Wednesday, he was hitting .271 with six homers. With runners in scoring position, he was batting a team-best .429 (6-for-14).
Ozzie says he's sent out final tweet
ATLANTA -- Ozzie Guillen says he is done with Twitter.
"My last tweet. me ultimo tweet good luck buena suerte," were the final words on the social media service from the Marlins manager on Thursday.
Guillen, who was suspended five games last month for his remarks about Fidel Castro in a Time magazine article, said that tweeting just wasn't worth the aggravation. Especially when he didn't get paid for his offerings.
"I didn't make money out of that. I'm done," he said.
Guillen wasn't pleased with followers criticizing his spelling as he switched between English and Spanish.
"People out there are nasty. Nasty," he said. "I don't need that. Follow someone else."
Guillen said he will continue his blog.
"Everything that makes me money I will do," he said, chuckling. "Free, nothing."
Emilio Bonifacio's 2-for-4 game Wednesday in the series opener against the Braves gave him a .429 average (12-for-28) since being dropped down to seventh in the batting order. He also stole his league-leading 20th base in the game, and hasn't been caught yet entering Thursday.
Christian Yelich, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect, hit his fourth homer in eight games for Class A Jupiter in the opener of a doubleheader sweep of Palm Beach on Wednesday. The outfielder is batting .266 with six doubles, two triples, six homers and 10 RBIs in 30 games for the Hammerheads after starting the season on the DL.
Matthew Neil was promoted from Jupiter to Double-A Jacksonville after going 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in eight starts. The right-hander was a 29th-round Draft pick last June after walking on at Brigham Young University following a two-year Mormon mission.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.