Stanton drives in 2 as Marlins snap drought

Stanton drives in 2 as Marlins snap drought

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton woke up a sluggish Miami offense with two RBIs on Tuesday night, and Ichiro Suzuki energized an eighth-inning rally while also moving closer to 3,000 Major League hits.

Stanton's power and Ichiro's timely single provided all the support Tom Koehler needed as the Marlins defeated the Phillies, 5-0, at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Ichiro collects hit, now 3 shy of 3,000

Ichiro collects hit, now 3 shy of 3,000

MIAMI -- With a flick of his bat, Ichiro Suzuki moved three hits away from a major milestone, and in the context of Tuesday night, his single also brought Marlins Park to life and helped inspire Miami's 5-0 win over the Phillies.

Leading off the eighth inning, Ichiro sliced a pitch to left off right-hander Andrew Bailey as he inched closer to 3,000 for his Major League career. The hit energized a four-run inning that broke the game open.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Chen out, Marlins casting wide net for pitching

With Chen out, Marlins casting wide net for pitching

MIAMI -- At a time the Marlins are bracing to be without left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for at least a month, the club continues to be active on several trade fronts for a starting pitcher.

The rotation took a hit when Chen went on the disabled list on Monday with a left elbow sprain. Best-case scenario is Chen rests for about three weeks, begins building up and is healthy by early September.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins fulfill Make-A-Wish Foundation dream

Micah Goeman serves as manager for a day for Tuesday's game

Marlins fulfill Make-A-Wish Foundation dream

MIAMI -- Manager Don Mattingly had a little help filling out the Marlins' lineup card on Tuesday night. And the first order of business for Miami's "manager for a day," Micah Goeman, was to bat Ichiro Suzuki leadoff.

"This lineup is his," Mattingly said. "He lobbied for Ichiro today."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eflin, Conley wrap series with matinee

Eflin, Conley wrap series with matinee

Phillies rookie Zach Eflin has been one of the hottest pitchers on the planet since his big league debut on June 14.

Eflin (3-3, 3.40 ERA) faces Marlins left-hander Adam Conley (6-5, 3.58 ERA) at 12:10 p.m. ET in Wednesday's series finale at Marlins Park.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wind it up: Cosart returns with new delivery

Wind it up: Cosart returns with new delivery

MIAMI -- With the help of a new windup, Jarred Cosart made a statement in his first start for the Marlins in more than three months: He's back.

Cosart fired five scoreless innings against the Phillies in Miami's 4-0 loss on Monday night at Marlins Park. The most encouraging stat was that he issued just one walk over his 92 pitches, a result of some early nerves to Philadelphia leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thursday a big day for Bour, Gordon

1st baseman rehabbing, 2nd baseman eligible to be reinstated

Thursday a big day for Bour, Gordon

MIAMI -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly said if all goes well, Justin Bour will begin playing rehab games on Thursday, the same day Dee Gordon will be eligible for reinstatement.

Bour, who has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a right high ankle sprain, is currently receiving live at-bats and running the bases in Jupiter, where he would likely play a few rehab games for the Class A Advanced Hammerheads before rejoining the Marlins.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cosart solid in return but Marlins held to 2 hits

Cosart solid in return but Marlins held to 2 hits

MIAMI -- If the Marlins don't want Jeremy Hellickson after what they have seen from him recently, they might never want him.

Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings Monday night in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park. Hellickson could be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Miami is one of his top pursuers. Scouts from the Blue Jays, Giants, Orioles and Pirates were among a handful of teams that watched him pitch his latest gem. Hellickson has been impressive lately. He has allowed one run in 14 innings in two starts in the past week against Miami, which fell into a tie with the Mets for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Monday.

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Urena gaining Marlins' trust with another solid start

Righty allows 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings vs. Mets

Urena gaining Marlins' trust with another solid start

MIAMI -- If he continues at this rate, Jose Urena could eventually shed the "spot-starter" label and become a fixture in the Marlins' rotation.

The hard-throwing 24-year-old impressed on Sunday for the second consecutive outing since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans. The final score didn't go his way, as the Marlins fell to the Mets, 3-0, at Marlins Park, but Urena is making a case to remain a starter.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Soto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chen put on DL; Cosart steps in Monday

Marlins lefty has elbow sprain, but club is hopeful injury isn't serious

Chen put on DL; Cosart steps in Monday

MIAMI -- Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was placed on the disabled list with a left elbow sprain, retroactive to Thursday, manager Don Mattingly announced following Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Mets. The Marlins are hopeful that the injury is not serious.

Right-hander Jarred Cosart is being called up from Triple-A New Orleans to start in Chen's place on Monday against the Phillies in Miami.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins can't back Urena, blanked by Mets

Marlins can't back Urena, blanked by Mets

MIAMI -- The drought has finally come to an end for Steven Matz, and it came at an opportune time for the Mets. The lefty threw six dominant innings and struck out six on Sunday as New York blanked Miami, 3-0, at Marlins Park to take two of three in the series.

Matz, who ran his fastball up to 94 mph, won for the first time since May 25, and he snapped a string of nine consecutive starts without a victory. The left-hander was 0-5 with a 4.73 ERA during that dry spell. By taking the series, the Mets moved to within a half-game of the Marlins for second place in the National League East and the second Wild Card spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Sunday.

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Soto among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Soto among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

Marlins slugger connects on fourth hardest-hit homer of season at 115.8 mph

Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton tested the stability of the auxiliary scoreboard in the third inning on Saturday night in the Marlins' 7-2 win over the Mets. Not only did the slugger connect on another impressive home run, he clanked his drive high off the Marlins Park scoreboard.

Stanton's two-run homer off Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was his first blast since he won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego on July 11.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton, Fernandez too much for Mets to handle

Stanton, Fernandez too much for Mets to handle

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez on Saturday continued to dominate at Marlins Park, and Giancarlo Stanton nearly damaged the stadium's accessories in Miami's 7-2 victory over the Mets.

Fernandez struck out seven and allowed two runs over seven innings, while Stanton smacked a two-run homer off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field among his four hits and three RBIs on a night the Marlins rebounded from Friday's 5-3 loss to even their three-game series. With the win, Miami moved 1 1/2 games ahead of New York for second place in the National League East.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dontrelle returns to Miami for bobblehead night

Former Marlins left-hander catches ceremonial first pitch from his daughter

Dontrelle returns to Miami for bobblehead night

MIAMI -- The wide-smiled Dontrelle Willis knelt behind the plate at Marlins Park and caught the first pitch of Saturday's game between the Mets and Marlins from his 8-year-old daughter, Bianca. The two hugged afterward.

In Willis' first time back in Miami at Marlins Park, he promised his daughter she could throw out the ceremonial pitch on his bobblehead night, something she's always wanted to do.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With power emerging, Yelich an even bigger threat

Marlins left fielder belts career-high 10th home run for 3rd blast in past 4 games

With power emerging, Yelich an even bigger threat

MIAMI -- Some of the hardest balls Christian Yelich is hitting are coming when he least expects them. The 24-year-old outfielder did it yet again on Friday night in the Marlins' 5-3 loss to the Mets at Marlins Park.

In the sixth inning, and during an at-bat he was simply striving to drive a runner home from third base, Yelich unloaded on a two-run blast to right-center field off right-hander Logan Verrett.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins can't keep up with Mets, drop opener

Marlins can't keep up with Mets, drop opener

MIAMI -- The jockeying for position in the National League East got a little tighter on Friday night as the Mets moved to within a half-game of the second-place Marlins with a 5-3 win at Marlins Park. The intensity was evident all night, and the Mets responded behind Jose Reyes' three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, a pair of Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice flies and James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth.

Reyes started the decisive rally with a single to lead off the seventh, and he scored the go-ahead run on Cespedes' fly ball to center off David Phelps. The Marlins' bullpen had a streak of 16 1/3 scoreless innings going before Cespedes' sac fly. The Mets are now 51-44, while the Marlins are 52-44.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Friday.

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Marlins not rushing Ichiro's quest for 3,000 hits

Outfielder not in starting lineup vs. Mets, strikes out as pinch-hitter in 8th

Marlins not rushing Ichiro's quest for 3,000 hits

MIAMI -- When it comes to Ichiro Suzuki's quest for 3,000 MLB hits, history will take its course.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly isn't forcing the issue by throwing the 42-year-old out there hoping the milestone is reached as quickly as possible. That was evident on Friday in the series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park, as Ichiro was not in the starting lineup. Ichiro had a pinch-hit opportunity in the eighth inning of the 5-3 loss to the Mets, but he struck out on three pitches against right-hander Addison Reed.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bour progressing, hopes to return on homestand

Bour progressing, hopes to return on homestand

MIAMI -- After going through some light drills on Friday, first baseman Justin Bour said he is hopeful of being reinstated from the disabled list at some point during the Marlins' 10-game homestand.

Nursing a high right ankle sprain, Bour has been on the DL since July 6. With his ankle taped, the left-handed-hitting first baseman fielded some grounders during batting practice, and he is tracking toward going on a Minor League rehab assignment early next week.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro records 2 hits, pulls within 4 of 3,000

Sitting on 2,996 after pair of singles, Marlins veteran primed to reach milestone on 10-game homestand

Ichiro records 2 hits, pulls within 4 of 3,000

PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki and the Marlins were scheduled to land back in Miami around 3 a.m. ET on Friday, following a 9-3 win over the Phillies. By the time they hit the road again, there are overwhelming odds it will be with more than just a few wins against National League East and Wild Card rivals.

Suzuki on Thursday slapped a pair of singles to move him within four hits of becoming the 30th Major Leaguer to reach 3,000. He returns home for 10 games at Marlins Park with 2,996 hits. It would not be surprising if he reached the milestone even before a weekend series with the Mets is over. Miami wrapped up a 5-2 road trip to start the second half on Thursday.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler, Marlins overwhelm Phils, win series

Koehler, Marlins overwhelm Phils, win series

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins are bringing plenty of confidence into a big series this weekend at home against the Mets.

They beat the Phillies on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, 9-3, to win three games in the four-game series. After opening the second half of the season by going 5-2 on a seven-game road trip, Miami has moved within 4 1/2 games of the Nationals in the National League East, while maintaining a 1 1/2-game lead over the Mets for the second NL Wild Card.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Marlins on Thursday.

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Yelich matches career high with 9th homer

In third full season, Marlins OF demonstrating power side of all-around game

Yelich matches career high with 9th homer

PHILADELPHIA -- Christian Yelich has been an asset in the Marlins' lineup since the day he made his Major League debut, July 23, 2013. Nearly three years to the day, Yelich is blossoming into a true five-tool player, and he put his power stroke on display in the Marlins' 9-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Yelich clubbed his ninth home run of the season, putting a Jerad Eickhoff two-seamer in the left-field seats to kick off a four-run fourth inning. With that blast, coming in his 377th plate appearance, he matched his career high set in 2014 over 660 plate appearances.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler KOs familiar foe to get back on track

Marlins righty allows 2 hits over 8 IP, lowering ERA vs. Phillies to 1.64 in three starts

Koehler KOs familiar foe to get back on track

PHILADELPHIA -- The summer months of June and July hadn't been kind to Tom Koehler. But he had yet to face his favorite team.

Koehler on Thursday night made his third start of the season against the Phillies to close out a 10-game road trip and four-game set in Philadelphia with a 9-3 Marlins win. He hadn't made it past the fifth inning in three of his previous five starts. In all but one, he'd allowed at least three runs. His ERA over that span? An unsightly 7.36.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brigham among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Brigham among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Chen falls behind early, Johnson homers in loss

Chen falls behind early, Johnson homers in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson gave contending teams plenty to think about in a 4-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Hellickson (7-7, 3.84 ERA), who is a strong candidate to be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings. He has a 2.54 ERA in his last six starts, so he is pitching well at the right time with just two more starts scheduled before the deadline.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Marlins on Wednesday.

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Bats sputtering vs. starters' changing speeds

Bats sputtering vs. starters' changing speeds

PHILADELPHIA -- Strong outings from Jose Fernandez and Jose Urena in Monday's and Tuesday's games, respectively, masked a Marlins offense that was hitting just .138 (5-for-36) against Phillies starters.

But Miami was exposed in Wednesday's 4-1 loss, as Jeremy Hellickson cruised over eight innings of one-run ball. Wei-Yin Chen turned in Miami's shortest start of the series, lasting just 5 1/3 innings and surrendering all four Phillies runs.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.