MIA@SF: Cishek retires Posey to seal the victory

MIAMI - Steve Cishek's Monday could have been better.

The 27-year-old enjoyed his off-day by watching the Stanley Cup Finals, and his Boston Bruins were seconds away from sending the series to a decisive Game 7.

"It was looking good for a while there, and then within 17 seconds, everything changed," Cishek said. "I didn't realize it was that quick."

Cishek's mood changed pretty fast as the Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals in the game's final seconds to clinch their second championship in the last four years.

"When they scored the first goal, I was like, 'It's going to overtime.' And then they scored the other one so quick, that I was just silent," Cishek said. "My stomach dropped a little, and I was like, 'Is this really happening right now?' But it was a great series. It was the most fun playoff sport that I've seen"

The Marlins closer got some more bad news Tuesday morning when he learned the Boston Celtics no longer had Doc Rivers as their head coach. After a string of championships in recent years, the Falmouth, Mass., native admits that it has been hard to be a hometown fan lately.

"I woke up to that, and Doc Rivers is awesome, so that was disappointing," Cishek said. "As a New England sports fan, it's been tough, but the Bruins series was awesome."

Redmond appreciates Gardenhire, his former skipper

MIAMI -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond will see a lot of familiar faces over the next two days.

Redmond, who played for the Twins from 2005-09, will manage against his former skipper, Ron Gardenhire, as well as several former teammates, including Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Despite knowing so many Twins, Redmond is not letting himself get too nostalgic.

"We played them in April in Minnesota," Redmond said. "I don't really think of it like that. It's just two teams to me."

The first-year manager has a lot of appreciation for his former skipper.

"I have a lot of respect for Gardy and what he's done," Redmond said. "Playing for him, I know he's done a great job over there. He's a great manager, and he knows what I think of him."

Redmond enjoyed playing for Gardenhire and learned things that helped him develop his current managerial style.

"I definitely learned," Redmond said. "I've learned from a lot of different managers that I played for, but I always liked the way he stuck up for his players. He was really good at that, and he let us play. He's a pretty even-keeled guy and consistent every single day."

A former catcher, Redmond joins a long list of backstops-turned-managers. But Gardenhire saw traits in Redmond's playing days that indicated his potential to manage in the big leagues.

"Catchers are always into the game," Gardenhire said. "They're always paying attention to all the little things that go on from a manager's standpoint. They're always watching the calls and watching the pitch selection. They're paying attention to hitters, because they might be behind the plate the next day, and want to know how you get hitters out.

"They see the whole field. They sit back and watch the whole field. They watch where the infielders are moving to. Catchers are always involved in all the meetings and everything. They get to know hitters. They watch what hitters do at home plate.

"He was that [type of guy]. The way he handled himself, the way the players responded to him and respected him made it real simple to know if he wanted to, that he would get into this side of it."

Ruggiano sits out Tuesday with sore shoulder

MIA@SF: Ruggiano's solo shot puts Marlins up early

MIAMI -- Justin Ruggiano is coming off a two-homer game, but the 31-year-old was not in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Twins.

A sore left shoulder suffered while diving for a ball in Sunday's win over the Giants will keep Ruggiano from building off his performance, in which he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

"Ruggiano dove for that ball in San Francisco and complained of a sore shoulder, so he's out," manager Mike Redmond said. "I don't know if that is a short-term deal or long-term deal. We'll have to play that by ear. That's something -- to have such a great day, hit two home runs and not be able to play the next day."

The veteran outfielder has had a strong June, hitting .316 with three homers and six RBIs over 38 at-bats. Juan Pierre, who will replace Ruggiano in the lineup, has also had a successful month, batting .297 with four extra-base hits and five stolen bases.

Both players are viable options for the Marlins. Redmond is not saying how he will divide the playing time once both are available, but he plans to find the best way to utilize Ruggiano and Pierre.

"We're going to have some tough decisions to make, but sometimes those decisions benefit you in the long run," Redmond said. "A manager is always trying to find the spot where a guy has the most success and benefits the team."

Worth noting

• Henderson Alvarez will pitch Friday as he continues to work back from a right shoulder injury. Alvarez is scheduled to throw between 80 and 85 pitches for Double-A Jacksonville and will then be re-evaluated to determine the next step in his rehab process.