For Marlins, winning might be just beginning

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MIAMI (AP) -- Still far from first, the Miami Marlins are no longer worst.

After a 13-41 start that inspired comparisons to the 1962 Mets and other historically awful teams, the Marlins reversed course with a 17-10 tear. By beating San Diego for the third game in a row Monday, the Marlins climbed ahead of the Houston Astros in the race to avoid baseball's lousiest record.

With another 22 victories in a row, the Marlins would be above .500. They might even win more games this year than the Miami Heat -- in the regular season, at least.

The Marlins' miserable start, worst-in-the-majors attendance and $37 million payroll has made them easy to overlook. But with an abundance of young talent, the winning might just be beginning.