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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004 7:52 am | Updated: 5:05 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

On his seventh organization in seven years, Matt Perisho has found a home. Perisho, a McClintock High School product and Chandler resident, has unprecedented comfort in two ways: an organization that he likes and likes him and a role he cherishes and at which he excels.

Perisho, a left-hander who turns 29 on June 8, is a situational left-hander for the Florida Marlins. Through Friday, left-handed hitters were batting .048 (1-for-21) off Perisho. Lefties were 0-for-16 against him until a single by the Diamondbacks’ Chad Tracy on May 24.

Last year, Perisho bounced through three organizations, including the Diamondbacks. He opened the year with Tampa Bay’s Class AAA team but had a clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent in July when he wasn’t in the majors.

Anaheim and Florida offered him a chance to play in their system, but he chose the D-Backs to be close to his Chandler home. Yet he lasted less than two weeks with Tucson and moved on to the Colorado organization.

Perisho was a free agent over the winter when he pitched for Occidente of the Venezuelan League. In 26 games, he went 7-2 with two saves and a 3.21 ERA.

It was there Perisho learned to embrace relief. He first got a taste of it as a closer for Detroit’s Class AAA team in 2001 and liked the idea of having a chance to pitch every night. In Venezuela, he figured out how to approach the role.

"Going through the battles of being in another country and playing in a competitive league where every game means something," he said, "I got to close some games and I got to learn how to be a reliever."

Manager Luis Dorante, who also manages in the Marlins system, recommended Florida sign Perisho. He earned a roster spot in spring training and has become an effective specialist.

"The thing that’s changed the most as a specialist is I don’t worry about the command of it," he said. "I can attack more than nibble.

"The situational (role) allows you to be more aggressive and play to the hitter’s aggressiveness, because there’s guys on base and he wants to drive in runs."

Perisho went into the weekend 3-2 with a 1.76 ERA, already setting a career high for wins.

"This is outstanding," he said of playing for the Marlins. "I haven’t been on this good a team. . . . It’s one of the best environments I’ve been around."

REVISED RECORD

When Detroit pounded out 27 hits Thursday at Kansas City, it was thought to be one short of the team record. But the Elias Sports Bureau double-checked a box score from Sept. 29, 1928, and took away a hit from Pinky Hargrave.

The Tigers started Thursday’s game by going 21-for-33, pounding Brian Anderson. By the end of the day, Carlos Peña — who had hit .153 over his previous 34 games — was 6-for-6 himself, tying an AL record for a nine-inning game.

Asked what he was thinking as he rounded the bases on hit No. 6, a homer in the ninth, Peña said, "I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ "

RAMPANT RUMORS

Several electronic media outlets, including a couple in Los Angeles, floated a trade that would send Carlos Delgado from Toronto to Los Angeles for outfielder Juan Encarnacion and minor league pitcher Brian Morris.

The Toronto Sun checked it out . . . and discovered there is no Brian Morris in the Dodgers organization.

"So basically we were trading for a player to be named later who didn’t have a name yet," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "That’s a pretty good one on me."

OVERHEARD

• Jim Beattie, Baltimore’s executive VP of baseball operations, on whether the pitching-thin Orioles rushed pitcher Denny Bautista to the majors from Class AA: "We probably are, but under these circumstances, it’s the right thing to do."

• Frank Robinson, Montreal manager, on teams that pitch around San Francisco’s Barry Bonds: "I just don’t understand it. I think there are two reasons: One, (managers) don’t want him to beat them and, two, they don’t have confidence in their pitchers. Understanding a talent and being around the game a long time, I haven’t seen that type of approach to anyone — not Ted Williams, not Mickey Mantle, not Willie Mays, not Hank Aaron. In those days, you pitched to people."

• Ed Wade, Philadelphia general manager, on the barrage of home runs so far at the Phillies’ new Citizens Bank Park: "Our plan was to build a park where the athletes would determine the outcome of the game, not the facility. Sure, the early indications are the ball will jump here — but it’s too early to portray Citizens Bank Park as resting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains."

• Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "If we were losing or playing poorly or if I see guys moping or feeling sorry for themselves, I’d call (a meeting). I haven’t seen that. A lot of times in society, we make too much of meetings. I meet when necessary."

UNDERSTOOD

• When Tampa Bay outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. was named American League player of the week for May 17-23, it marked the first time a Devil Rays player won that honor since Greg Vaughn in June 2001.

• Eric Young Jr., a second baseman with Chandler-Gilbert Community College and son of the Texas utilityman, signed with Colorado.

• When Pittsburgh’s Daryle Ward hit for the cycle Wednesday, he joined dad Gary (a cycle for the 1980 Twins) as the first father-son cyclists in history.

• The Phillies recently scored three or more runs in 25 straight games, the first such streak for the franchise since 1895.

WHO’S HOT

• San Francisco. Making the most out of playing Montreal, Arizona and Colorado in consecutive series.

• Paul Wilson. Cincinnati’s surprising ace is 7-0, and in his past four starts is 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA.

WHO’S NOT

• Colorado. Hard to do much when Todd Helton, Larry Walker and Preston Wilson are all hurting.

• Richard Hidalgo. Houston outfielder is hitting .210 in May and now is a part-time player despite his $12 million salary.

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