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Top Prospects: Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Marlins

Life without Jose Fernandez for the Marlins officially begins on Wednesday night.

Fernandez's spot in the rotation is up, and it will be filled by Anthony DeSclafani, who will be making his MLB debut.

The 24-year-old, the club's sixth-best prospect, will have his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville, and he will have a tough opening act.

DeSclafani has the tough task of facing the high-powered Dodgers in storied Dodger stadium.

"People ask, is this a guy a starter or reliever?" Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He's a guy who pounds the strike zone. Hopefully, he does that [Wednesday]. This is a big test for him."

The Marlins weighed their options to replace Fernandez, who was placed on the DL Monday with a right elbow sprain.

The Dodgers will be going with lefty Paul Maholm.

Los Angeles has taken the first two games in the series, and goes for the sweep Wednesday. Miami, meanwhile, has dropped five straight on the road trip. Overall, the club is 3-15 away from Marlins Park.

It's become common for the Dodgers to withhold as much information about scheduled starting pitchers as possible, as officials believe in keeping the opposition guessing.

Up until late Tuesday afternoon, turnabout was fair play for the Marlins, who had the Dodgers guessing before finally naming DeSclafani.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he didn't mind at all if the Marlins were borrowing a page from their covert playbook.

"We've got a pretty good idea. We think it will be Kevin Slowey," said Mattingly before Tuesday's announcement. "He had been starting and was moved to the 'pen. If it's a callup, we'll get some video. We'll be ready."

The video will be coming from the Southern League. DeSclafani is a right-hander who faced the Dodgers' Chattanooga affiliate April 14, allowing three runs in seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He also doubled.

Maholm will face the Marlins for the second time this month. On May 3, the veteran was not involved in the decision at Marlins Park.

The Dodgers prevailed, 9-7, in 11 innings on Carl Crawford's two-run homer off Carlos Marmol, who no longer is with Miami.

In six innings, Maholm allowed three runs on nine hits. He surrendered home runs to Jeff Baker and Jeff Mathis that night.

Dodgers: Puig extends hit streak to 13
It was Yasiel Puig bobblehead night on Tuesday, and the star of the night came up big once again. Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. The Dodgers slugger has hit safely in 13 straight games.

Puig also has stayed hot against the Marlins. For the season, he is 7-for-19 (.368) with a double, two homers and nine RBIs.

The Marlins haven't been able to slow down Puig, or Dodgers leadoff batter Dee Gordon, who energized L.A.'s five-run sixth inning with a double on Tuesday night.

Puig walked in the inning, and scored along with Gordon on Hanley Ramirez's two-run double.

Marlins: Yelich displaying some home run power
The book on Christian Yelich is that the 22-year-old is a pure hitter with the potential to hit for power down the road. Over the last few days, the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native has flexed some home run power.

Yelich homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. On Sunday at San Diego, he delivered a drive to right-center, and on Monday at Los Angeles, found the seats in a similar place at Dodger Stadium.

As a rookie in 2013, Yelich finished with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 62 games and 240 at-bats. He's already reached four home runs in 36 games and 147 at-bats. He now has 12 RBIs.

Home runs are not foremost on Yelich's mind. He's leading off, and striving more to get on base. But he's showing he can drive the ball as well on occasion.

Worth noting 
• Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in an 0-for-22 slump, his longest drought of the season.

• Giancarlo Stanton extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with a single off Josh Beckett in the first inning on Tuesday.

• Gordon leads the Majors with 24 doubles. He didn't swipe a bag on Tuesday night, but he used his speed to leg out a double on what could have been a single to right.

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