Nicolino strengthens his case to be 5th starter

Left-hander throws five scoreless innings vs. St. Louis

Nicolino strengthens his case to be 5th starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino continued to make his case for the club's fifth starter role with another stellar outing on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium. In the Marlins' 1-0 win over the Cardinals, Nicolino threw five innings of shutout ball, giving up just three hits. He struck out three and walked one during his 71-pitch stint (49 strikes).

Making just his third start of the spring and sixth appearance overall, Nicolino did not allow more than one baserunner in any of his five innings of work. He has not allowed more than one run in any of his last five appearances, which includes three starts.

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Yelich makes noise in return; Nicolino strong

Yelich makes noise in return; Nicolino strong

JUPITER, Fla. -- In his first game back from helping the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich doubled to lead off the fourth inning and scored the only run of the game in Miami's 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Yelich scored when Derek Dietrich's fly ball down the left-field line was lost in the sun and dropped in for a double.

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Stanton, Yelich return to Marlins' lineup

Stanton, Yelich return to Marlins' lineup

JUPITER, Fla. -- Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins' lineup for Saturday's 1-0 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Fresh from leading the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Yelich and Stanton hit third and fourth, respectively, on Saturday. But manager Don Mattingly indicated that this might not be the norm through the final week of the Grapefruit League season.

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Locke still has no timetable for return

Left-hander battling tendinitis; Ellis (hamstring) set for Minors game

Locke still has no timetable for return

JUPITER, Fla. -- The return of Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke will take some time. Manager Don Mattingly indicated that there is no real timeline for his return, but it appears Locke will be sidelined through April.

The news is a little brighter for catcher A.J. Ellis (hamstring), who played three innings on Friday and will play five innings in a Minor League game on Sunday. Mattingly said the plan is for Ellis to play in a split-squad game on Tuesday.

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Marlins name Volquez as Opening Day starter

Veteran right-hander also took hill in Kansas City's season opener in 2016

Marlins name Volquez as Opening Day starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- With Edinson Volquez, you don't look for flash. You count on consistency.

A history of steady performances is the primary reason the Marlins are giving the ball to Volquez to launch the 2017 season. Manager Don Mattingly on Friday made it official that the 33-year-old right-hander would start on Opening Day, set for April 3 at Washington.

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Battle heats up for Miami's 5th starter spot

Urena, Conley each toss shutout innings in their quest for role

Battle heats up for Miami's 5th starter spot

JUPITER, Fla. -- The first four rotation slots are now settled, but the competition continues for the final spot.

Two of the top contenders -- Jose Urena and Adam Conley -- each took the mound Friday night in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Neither disappointed.

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Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

Both players say tournament experience was exhilarating

Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

JUPITER, Fla. -- Riding the adrenaline of winning the World Baseball Classic title, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to Marlins camp on Friday ready for the next step -- the regular season.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly gave both players a day to recover, but they are expected to be back in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

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Marlins' rotation hopefuls impress vs. Nats

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Urena, who is competing for Miami's fifth starter spot, struck out five without issuing a walk. The Marlins opened the scoring on Ichiro's two-out, RBI single off Nats starter Jacob Turner.

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Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

Team USA's win gives outfielder heightened profile, exposure

Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

JUPITER, Fla. -- Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton will return to Spring Training this weekend with World Baseball Classic championship medals and baseball experiences of a lifetime.

After being part of Team USA's title team, the two Miami outfielders now know what it takes to win on a big baseball stage.

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Volquez 'ready to go' as regular season nears

In return from Classic, right-hander gives up one earned run in three innings of relief

Volquez 'ready to go' as regular season nears

JUPITER, Fla. -- Edinson Volquez made a quick transition from the festive atmosphere of the World Baseball Classic to throwing three innings of relief on a rainy afternoon in Grapefruit League play at Roger Dean Stadium.

Volquez on Thursday found himself acclimating once again to the pace of Spring Training after pitching in the high-energy environment at the Classic with the Dominican Republic. Not surprisingly, after going a week between facing hitters, the right-hander looked a little rusty, giving up two runs (one earned) in the Marlins' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Hood, Anderson among 6 optioned to Minors

Marlins also send Sierra, Galloway, Juengel, Gonzalez to Triple-A

Hood, Anderson among 6 optioned to Minors

JUPITER, Fla. -- Brian Anderson, the Marlins' top-ranked position-player prospect, was one of six players sent to the Minors on Thursday afternoon. The 23-year-old third baseman was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville after Miami's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Marlins also optioned outfielders Destin Hood, Moises Sierra and Isaac Galloway, infielder Matt Juengel and right-hander Severino Gonzalez to Triple-A New Orleans. Miami now has 41 players remaining in big league camp. Before Thursday's game, Hood and Gonzalez were sent down. The other four transactions were made postgame, with all four playing.

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Gordon delivers, but Marlins' starters struggle

Gordon delivers, but Marlins' starters struggle

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals added late runs with heads-up baserunning to break a tie and defeat the Marlins, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

St. Louis' Harrison Bader singled and stole second in the sixth inning against Miami pitcher Edinson Volquez, making his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic. Patrick Wisdom brought in Bader with a single.

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Yelich among All-Classic Team standouts

Along with Hosmer, pair selected unanimously to field of 12 honorees

Yelich among All-Classic Team standouts

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

From the champions, tournament Most Valuable Player Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays (2.35 ERA, six-plus scoreless innings in final), Eric Hosmer of the Royals (unanimous choice) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins were selected. Stroman, as WBC 2017 MVP, joined Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka ('06 and '09) and the Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano ('13) as MVPs in Classic history.

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Moore homers twice as Marlins power past Mets

Moore homers twice as Marlins power past Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Curtis Granderson hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs, but Tyler Moore also knocked two long balls, including the go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, in the Marlins' 15-9 win over the Mets on Wednesday at First Data Field.

Granderson belted a monstrous two-run homer to right off Miami starter Scott Copeland in the first and a two-run dinger off Javy Guerra in the sixth. Jay Bruce also went deep for the Mets on a solo shot in the fifth -- his second of the spring.

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With Prado out, Marlins could turn to Realmuto in 2-hole

With Prado out, Marlins could turn to Realmuto in 2-hole

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Martin Prado's strained right hamstring does more than create just an opening at third base for the Marlins. It also vacates the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

While Derek Dietrich is expected to get most of the repetitions at third base, catcher J.T. Realmuto is an option to bat second. From that placement in the order on Wednesday, Realmuto went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Marlins' 15-9 win over the Mets at First Data Field.

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Barring setback, Ellis to return to Grapefruit games next week

Barring setback, Ellis to return to Grapefruit games next week

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- This week, Marlins catcher A.J. Ellis is getting his timing down at the plate in Minor League intrasquad games on back fields at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Once Ellis is able to complete a pain-free lap running around the bases in the next few days, the veteran catcher could be ready for Grapefruit League games.

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Trio of key relievers work back end

Ziegler, Ramos, Barraclough combine for three scoreless innings vs. Astros

Trio of key relievers work back end

JUPITER, Fla. -- How the back end of the Marlins' bullpen may shape up was on display Tuesday in their 2-1 loss to the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

Manager Don Mattingly rolled out Brad Ziegler, A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough for the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively. The trio combined for three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

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Chen K's 6 as Ichiro, Jackson highlight bats

Chen K's 6 as Ichiro, Jackson highlight bats

JUPITER, Fla. -- Solo home runs from Yulieski Gurriel and Derek Fisher propelled the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Mike Fiers, who dealt with a mild right hamstring strain earlier in camp, made his first start since March 5. The Astros' right-hander, competing for the fifth rotation spot, threw four scoreless innings, striking out five.

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Bour, Gordon wore each other's uniforms

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Bour, Gordon wore each other's uniforms

Dee Gordon is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. His teammate, Justin Bour, is 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds. But that doesn't mean they can't share clothes. Just look at this photo from Marlins camp on Tuesday morning: 

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Chen makes stride forward, hopes to limit HRs

Despite giving up 2 solo shots Tuesday, lefty shows command

Chen makes stride forward, hopes to limit HRs

JUPITER, Fla. -- Focus more, worry less.

Those are two objectives for Wei-Yin Chen as he turns the page after a disappointing 2016. For the most part, the 31-year-old on Tuesday made another stride forward, despite allowing two solo home runs in five innings in the Marlins' 2-1 loss to the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Anderson impressing, but bigs down the road

Miami plans to let third base prospect continue developing

Anderson impressing, but bigs down the road

JUPITER, Fla. -- On the field and off, Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson looks like he belongs at the big league level. It's just a matter of time before that happens on an everyday basis.

Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Miami's No. 3 overall prospect, Anderson is showing why many in the organization believe he is the third baseman of the future. All Spring Training, he has been showcasing himself. But at some point, he is expected to be sent down to Minor League camp.

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Ozuna's HR, Anderson's 3B pace Marlins' win

Ozuna's HR, Anderson's 3B pace Marlins' win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Marcell Ozuna homered and promising prospect Brian Anderson extended R.A. Dickey's frustration during a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Marlins to a 9-3 win over the Braves on Monday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Ozuna got the Marlins rolling when he opened the second inning by denting the left-center-field scoreboard with his fourth home run of the spring. The 26-year-old outfielder also drew the first of the two consecutive one-out walks Dickey issued in the fourth. The free passes loaded the bases, which Anderson, who ranks as Miami's No. 3 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, promptly cleared with a three-run triple.

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Mattingly wants to be patient with Prado

Skipper: Hamstring injuries can be tricky, so Marlins will be careful with 3B

Mattingly wants to be patient with Prado

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A veteran player straining a hamstring while tying to beat out an infield hit -- it is exactly the kind of injury managers worry about when their players go off to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Now it has happened to Marlins third baseman Martin Prado, who is expected to open the season on the disabled list.

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Spee-Dee: Gordon talks spring strategy for SBs

Reining stolen-base king cautions against peaking too early, risking injury

Spee-Dee: Gordon talks spring strategy for SBs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dee Gordon will go into the season as Major League Baseball's reigning stolen-base king, though the Marlins' second baseman doesn't think people necessarily see it that way.

"They think Billy Hamilton, which is totally fine," Gordon said Monday. "I play hard for the Miami Marlins, and that's all I care about."

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Top 5 sleeper candidates for Marlins' roster

Tomas, Nicolino among potential options with Prado, Locke headed toward DL

Top 5 sleeper candidates for Marlins' roster

JUPITER, Fla. -- With third baseman Martin Prado (right hamstring strain) and left-hander Jeff Locke (left biceps strain) expected to start the season on the disabled list, the Marlins have a couple of roster spots to fill.

Miami is not planning on going outside the organization for replacements, which creates opportunities for a number of candidates to be on the big league club when the regular season begins on April 3 at Washington.

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Slice of Fife: Righty makes most of rare start

Slice of Fife: Righty makes most of rare start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Stephen Fife got a rare opportunity Monday and made the most of it, pitching four shutout innings in the Marlins' 9-3 Grapefruit League win over the Atlanta Braves.

"Overall, you've got to love the results," said the 30-year-old right-hander, who made 18 appearances (16 starts) for the Dodgers from 2012-14 and hasn't pitched in the Majors since.

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Prado expects to miss Opening Day

Third baseman has Grade 1 right hamstring strain

Prado expects to miss Opening Day

JUPITER, Fla. -- Martin Prado has a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and a slight upper right calf strain, and the Marlins' third baseman does not anticipate being ready for Opening Day.

As discouraged as Prado is about not being ready for the regular season, he's also relieved by the results of his MRI, because he feared the worst.

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