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Marlins activate OF Stanton

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After missing 36 games on the disabled list, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was activated for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Stanton was sidelined April 30 with a grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.

The 23-year-old slugger, who has 96 career home runs, was batting .227 in 75 at-bats before hitting the DL.

Stanton is considered the heart of the Marlins' lineup, and the offense was flailing without his big bat in the middle of the order. Left fielder Juan Pierre leads the team with a .240 batting average and 25 runs scored.

The Marlins composite batting average of .230 is well below their opponents' average of .260 and Miami's 31 home runs is 30 fewer than they've allowed (61).
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