Early runs hold up as Urena, Fish 4-hit Reds

Early runs hold up as Urena, Fish 4-hit Reds

CINCINNATI -- Both the Reds and Marlins have been headed in the wrong direction while slumping coming out of the All-Star break. Miami, which had lost five of six games entering Friday, got a respite with its 3-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati has now dropped seven of eight games since the second half began.

Jose Urena gave up one earned run and three hits over six-plus innings, Junichi Tazawa escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and AJ Ramos threw a perfect ninth to close out the Marlins' four-hitter.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Marlins on Friday.

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Tazawa handles new role; bullpen falls in line

With Phelps gone, veteran extends scoreless streak in high-leverage spot

Tazawa handles new role; bullpen falls in line

It didn't take long for the Marlins to find a fill-in for David Phelps in the back end of the bullpen. Junichi Tazawa promises to get more chances in high-leverage situations, and one of them came in Friday's 3-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Tazawa worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning in what turned out to be the most critical moment of the game.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Ramos focused in face of trade rumors

Closer knows Phelps deal likely not the last one by Marlins before Deadline

Ramos focused in face of trade rumors

CINCINNATI -- The Marlins dealt reliever David Phelps to the Mariners on Thursday for four prospects, but they are by no means done moving bullpen pieces ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.

Closer AJ Ramos has been among the players other teams have looked into -- 8-10 teams, according to sources -- and Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday the market for Ramos is similar to what it was for Phelps.

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

O'Grady faces Reds in third career start

O'Grady faces Reds in third career start

With both teams struggling in the standings, the Marlins and Reds on Saturday will take a look at a couple of starters who could figure into their futures.

Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson is being called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his first big league appearance since May 29. Miami counters with left-hander Chris O'Grady, who will be making his third MLB start.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Inbox: Would Stanton waive no-trade clause?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers fans' questions

Inbox: Would Stanton waive no-trade clause?

How happy is Giancarlo Stanton? What's the feeling he would OK a deal somewhere? I know he bought a place in Miami.
-- @darknaterises

Stanton was certainly blunt with how he felt after the Marlins dropped two of three to the last-place Phillies and went 1-5 on the first homestand coming out of the All-Star break. He noted that he has accomplished things individually, but it doesn't mean as much to him if the club isn't winning.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 get four prospects for Phelps

Seattle sends outfielder, three pitchers for reliever

Marlins get four prospects for Phelps

MIAMI -- The Marlins took a major step toward rebuilding on Thursday by trading reliever David Phelps to the Mariners for four Minor Leaguers, including outfielder Brayan Hernandez, who had been ranked Seattle's No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

One of the most coveted relievers on the market, Phelps had attracted the interest of roughly 11 clubs in recent days. But a match was made with Seattle before Miami traveled to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds that begins on Friday.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 on fire, slugs 30th HR in 1st inning

Slugger says milestone isn't as important as winning

Stanton on fire, slugs 30th HR in 1st inning

MIAMI -- Another first inning, another impressive home run for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton blistered a home run off Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta in the Marlins' 10-3 loss Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park, giving him 30 on the season and pulling him even with Aaron Judge of the Yankees for the Major League lead.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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, Yelich homer, but pitchers falter in loss

Stanton, Yelich homer, but pitchers falter in loss

MIAMI -- Solo home runs, they say, don't usually beat you. Nick Pivetta was reminded of that on Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander surrendered a pair of homers, and little else over 5 1/3 innings and the Phillies' did the rest, rolling to a 10-3 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton belted his 30th of the season, pulling him even with Aaron Judge of the Yankees for the MLB lead. Christian Yelich added a blast in the sixth inning for Miami, but it was Pivetta who kept the damage down, and the Phillies, behind Daniel Nava's four hits and two RBIs, that ended up taking two of three in the series.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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

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Conley takes 'step in right direction' in return

Conley takes 'step in right direction' in return

MIAMI -- With a sense of urgency, Adam Conley returned to the mound for the Marlins on Tuesday night, and the left-hander showed glimpses of what the organization hopes he still will become.

Conley took a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings in the Marlins' 5-2 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 goes deep, but Marlins lose late

Stanton goes deep, but Marlins lose late

MIAMI -- The return of Vince Velasquez provided a boost to Philadelphia on Tuesday night, but it was a homer by Maikel Franco in the eighth inning that pushed the Phillies to a 5-2 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Franco, who was a triple shy of a cycle, blistered a one-out home run off Dustin McGowan in the eighth that snapped a tie.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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

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Ichiro passes Henderson on all-time hits list

Ichiro passes Henderson on all-time hits list

MIAMI -- Passing Rickey Henderson in any career statistical category is a difficult accomplishment, but Ichiro Suzuki was able to do so on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 5-2 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

With his pinch-hit single in the eighth inning off Joaquin Benoit, Ichiro passed Henderson into sole possession of 23rd place on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Rojas returns from DL; Prado undergoes MRI

Marlins also option Steckenrider, recall Conley

Rojas returns from DL; Prado undergoes MRI

MIAMI -- One of the most versatile players in the organization is back with the Marlins. Miami reinstated Miguel Rojas, on the 60-day disabled list since May 9 with a fractured right thumb, on Tuesday to replace Martin Prado on the roster.

Prado went on the 10-day DL with a right knee strain and underwent an MRI on Tuesday, and his return is unclear. In the meantime, Rojas will be used in a utility role. Derek Dietrich is expected to get the majority of the playing time at third base, freeing Rojas to be used at every infield spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Realmuto Marlins' Heart and Hustle winner

Realmuto Marlins' Heart and Hustle winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton mashes monster HR off scoreboard

Two-tater night marks the 24th of his career

Stanton mashes monster HR off scoreboard

MIAMI -- No two Giancarlo Stanton home runs look quite the same. The All-Star right fielder demonstrated that on Monday night with two impressive, yet contrasting, long drives in the Marlins' 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Stanton enjoyed his sixth multi-homer game of the season -- and 24th of his career -- connecting twice off Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Stanton now leads the National League with 28 homers.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Prado heads to DL with right knee strain

Prado heads to DL with right knee strain

MIAMI -- Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is headed to the disabled list for the third time this year, but this time it is with a strained right knee.

Prado tweaked his knee while making an off-balance throw in the third inning on Monday, but remained in the game until his at-bat in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings against the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Gordon's walk-off 1B in 10th caps wild win

Gordon's walk-off 1B in 10th caps wild win

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, and Justin Bour chipped in with a monstrous two-run shot on Monday, but it was a lined single by Dee Gordon in the 10th inning that enabled the Marlins to celebrate a 6-5 walk-off win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

The two-out single by Gordon gave Miami its fourth walk-off victory of the season and its first win in four games since the All-Star break.

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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 based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Monday.

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Dean collects three hits for Jacksonville

Dean collects three hits for Jacksonville

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ozuna scales wall, takes away home run

Ozuna scales wall, takes away home run

MIAMI -- Ever since the left-field fence at Marlins Park was lowered from 11 1/2 to 7 feet in 2016, Marcell Ozuna's footprints have been all over it.

In the sixth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers, the Marlins' outfielder robbed a home run from Enrique Hernandez in one swift move. Ozuna took one step onto the pad before hanging over the wall and taking away what was a sure long ball to keep the game at 3-1.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Norwood makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Norwood makes Pipeline 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.

Brendan Rodgers' hitting ability made him MLBPipeline.com's No. 1-rated prospect and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft. The Rockies shortstop has lived up to expectations and is having his best season yet.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Mattingly hopes young Marlins stay intact

Skipper remains focused on winning as Trade Deadline looms

Mattingly hopes young Marlins stay intact

The Marlins have one of the best young lineups in the Major Leagues, and with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming on July 31, manager Don Mattingly is hoping upper management will keep the team together.

That's the next big hurdle. Mattingly knows rumors will be rampant in the clubhouse for the next two weeks, and his job is help the players maintain their focus.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Grady solid, but rally falls short in finale

O'Grady solid, but rally falls short in finale

MIAMI -- Justin Turner keeps hitting, and the Dodgers keep winning. The third baseman homered and drove in two to lead Los Angeles to a ninth straight victory and a three-game sweep of the Marlins, 3-2, on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Dodgers, who boast a Major League-best 64-29 mark, have won 29 of their last 33 games since June 7. Miami was swept for the first time since Houston took three at Marlins Park from May 15-17.

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

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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Giancarlo lost his glove beyond the wall

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Giancarlo lost his glove beyond the wall

Playing good defense often comes down to effort and the willingness to make sacrifices, whether on a dive, running into a wall or falling into the stands. During Sunday afternoon's game against the Dodgers, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton sacrificed his glove in his defensive efforts.

Leading off the top of the 4th inning, Chris Taylor hit a fly ball out to the right-field wall that Stanton had to leap to try to catch. The ball bounced off the wall, but Stanton's glove went over it.

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Ziegler (back) has no timetable for return

Ziegler (back) has no timetable for return

MIAMI -- A healthy back is crucial for the submarine-style-throwing Brad Ziegler, who says the pain has subsided a bit since landing on the disabled list on June 22.

"It's definitely better than it was, but it's not completely gone yet," the Marlins' right-handed reliever said.

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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.

Peters spins another scoreless start

Peters spins another scoreless start

Reynaldo Lopez piled up the strikeouts as Triple-A Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Sunday.

Lopez, the No. 36 overall prospect, fired 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes as he generated a season-high 12 strikeouts and yielded just two hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The White Sox No. 6 prospect was stuck with a no-decision as the Knights bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, but that doesn't diminish Lopez's brilliant performance.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Volquez to rest 7-10 days before throwing

Volquez to rest 7-10 days before throwing

MIAMI -- Edinson Volquez might not make another start before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Marlins' Opening Day starter and owner of the Majors' lone no-hitter this season will rest at least 7-10 days before attempting to throw off a mound, manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. Volquez's MRI results on Friday revealed patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

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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.

Urena's inside pitch to Puig ignites Dodgers

Urena's inside pitch to Puig ignites Dodgers

MIAMI -- One pitch may have stirred Jose Urena enough for the Dodgers to chase him early in the Marlins' 7-1 loss on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With one out in the second, Urena whizzed a 97-mph two-seam fastball high and inside to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. It was the first pitch Puig had seen since, some might say, he showboated a go-ahead ninth-inning homer the previous night.

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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.

Marlins can't overcome Urena's rough start

Marlins can't overcome Urena's rough start

MIAMI -- Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in the club's modern history to start a season 11-0 and Cody Bellinger became the first rookie in Dodgers history to hit for the cycle as Los Angeles won its eighth straight game, 7-1, against the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

Wood twirled six scoreless innings and struck out four to put the Dodgers a Major League-best 34 games over .500. Additionally, the left-hander became just the third National League pitcher in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to win his first 11 decisions of a season. Stephen Strasburg began 13-0 in 2016, and Andy Hawkins started the '85 season 11-0.

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

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Straily hit hard after bruise; ignores trade talk

Straily hit hard after bruise; ignores trade talk

MIAMI -- Dan Straily has been known for limiting hard-hit contact this season, which is why his fifth inning in the Marlins' 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night at Marlins Park was unusual.

In the inning alone, Miami's starter surrendered homers to Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager with exit velocities of more than 100 mph. Even Los Angeles right-hander Brandon McCarthy lined out at 103 mph.

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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.