Gordon motors to inside-the-park homer

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Gordon motors to inside-the-park homer

MIAMI -- With his blazing speed, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was considered the most likely player on the Marlins to log an inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. On Tuesday night, projection proved accurate.

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Keep Gordon in lead before ASG voting ends

With balloting over Thursday, Marlins 2B in good position; injured Stanton second in OF

Keep Gordon in lead before ASG voting ends

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon, one of the fastest players in the game, is running away from the pack in the race for the National League All-Star second-base spot. The Marlins speedster holds a commanding lead over St. Louis' Kolten Wong in the final stages of the voting process on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Gordon is seeking to become the first Miami position player to be voted in as a starter since Hanley Ramirez was selected by the fans three straight seasons (2008-10). Giancarlo Stanton also remains in second place among outfielders, but the Marlins slugger won't be able to participate due to his broken left hand.

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Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

Marlins first baseman likely to return for Cubs series; Nicolino sent down

Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

MIAMI -- With two Major League starts under his belt, Miami rookie Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans prior to Tuesday's series opener vs. the Giants at Marlins Park, while reliever Bryan Morris returned to the club from the 15-day disabled list.

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Marlins mulling rotation mix with Fernandez

Miami plans to stick with five starters; Nicolino sent down as Morris returns

Marlins mulling rotation mix with Fernandez

MIAMI -- The anticipated return of Jose Fernandez gives the Marlins a bona fide ace, but it also means more decisions must be made regarding the rest of the rotation.

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Marlins promote Austin Nola to the 'Nola' Zephyrs

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Marlins promote Austin Nola to the 'Nola' Zephyrs

On Sunday, the Marlins promoted shortstop Austin Nola to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs as part of the personnel shuffle following Giancarlo Stanton's trip to the disabled list. No big deal, right? Well, this is one of the jerseys Nola will be wearing as a Zephyr.

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Brice strikes out career-high 13 for Suns

Marlins No. 15 prospect has the longest start of his career, No. 19 prospect belts first Double-A homer

Brice strikes out career-high 13 for Suns

Marlins Double-A affiliate Jacksonville got one of the season's best pitching performances from No. 15 prospect Austin Brice, as well as a big day at the plate from No. 19 prospect J.T. Riddle.

Brice was unquestionably the star of the Sun's 12-1 win over Biloxi on Monday. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went off, striking out 13 while giving up one hit and one walk in eight shutout innings. His strikeout total was a new career-high and only the second time Brice has notched double-digit Ks in his six years of pro ball.

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Gordon, Hechavarria lead Marlins' infield

Miami's dynamic duo headlines baseball's top-ranked defense

Gordon, Hechavarria lead Marlins' infield

MIAMI -- It started in February on the back fields of the Marlins' Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla. -- mostly after the regular work each day was done.

There, Miami's young dynamic middle infield of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and second baseman Dee Gordon -- who had yet to play together -- took extra grounders, practiced flips and basically just got a feel for one another.

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Stanton has surgery; Marlins confirm timeframe

Stanton has surgery; Marlins confirm timeframe

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton had surgery performed on his left hand on Sunday, and the Marlins' All-Star right fielder is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Patrick Owens, a hand specialist, at the University of Miami Hospital. All indications are that the slugger should recover within the projected timeframe.

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Marlins shut out by Greinke, Dodgers in finale

Marlins shut out by Greinke, Dodgers in finale

MIAMI -- The dry spell is finally over for Zack Greinke, who threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over Miami on Sunday at Marlins Park. The victory was the All-Star's first since May 5, a span of 10 outings.

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Castellanos on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Castellanos 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.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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World Series hero Beckett honored in Miami

World Series hero Beckett honored in Miami

MIAMI -- Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP, returned to his roots on Sunday as the Marlins honored the now retired right-hander from Texas at Marlins Park.

Miami paid tribute with "Josh Beckett Appreciation Day," with the first 10,000 fans at the park receiving replica '03 championship rings.

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Rookie Urena maturing, minimizing damage

Rookie Urena maturing, minimizing damage

MIAMI -- Sometimes issuing walks isn't necessarily a bad thing, and Jose Urena faced one of those situations in Miami's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday at Marlins Park.

In the fifth inning of a scoreless game, Urena worked carefully around Joc Pederson, who eventually walked with one out and Jimmy Rollins on third. The free pass set up a potential double play that the Marlins nearly executed, which would have saved a run.

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Koehler seizes much-needed stopper role

Koehler seizes much-needed stopper role

MIAMI -- In the face of adversity, Marlins manager Dan Jennings was perfectly comfortable putting Saturday's game in the hands of Tom Koehler.

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Stanton-less Marlins sink Kershaw, sloppy Dodgers

Stanton-less Marlins sink Kershaw, sloppy Dodgers

MIAMI -- With Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, the Marlins are searching for ways to manufacture runs. They capitalized on two errors Saturday, scoring two unearned runs, and edged the Dodgers, 3-2, at Marlins Park.

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Could Stanton make quick recovery?

Baker offers insight into hamate injury; teammates try to pick up slack with slugger out

Could Stanton make quick recovery?

MIAMI -- From personal experience, Marlins infielder Jeff Baker can relate to what Giancarlo Stanton is going through.

Baker, who has had several hand/wrist procedures, broke the hamate bone in his left hand several years ago. Based on what he knows about the injury, he wouldn't be surprised if Stanton returns in less than a month.

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Marlins amass enough offense to win without star

Marlins amass enough offense to win without star

MIAMI -- The Dodgers were in a giving mood on Saturday, and the Marlins -- having gone through so much strife of late -- were gladly willing to receive.

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Injured Stanton, Marlins can't pick up Nicolino

Injured Stanton, Marlins can't pick up Nicolino

MIAMI -- Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson, the Major League leader in inducing ground balls, lived up to his billing on Friday night, keeping the ball on the ground while also striking out a season-high 10 in seven innings of a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

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Lessons learned for Nicolino, new reliever Cosart

Lessons learned for Nicolino, new reliever Cosart

MIAMI -- For Justin Nicolino, Friday was a reminder that in the big leagues, you pay for your mistakes. For Jarred Cosart, the night was a first experience throwing out of the bullpen.

Understandably, both endured some growing pains in the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Dodgers at Marlins Park.

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Jennings stresses Marlins' talent in team meeting

Jennings stresses Marlins' talent in team meeting

MIAMI -- After a demoralizing three-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, Marlins manager Dan Jennings called a team meeting on Friday in hopes of sending a signal of support to the players.

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Adeiny homers, but Marlins fall to Cardinals

Adeiny homers, but Marlins fall to Cardinals

MIAMI -- Lance Lynn was in control over six shutout innings, and he received some help from an unsung Cardinals hero, shortstop Pete Kozma, who stepped up at the plate and in the field on a night Jhonny Peralta was given a breather.

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Haren's gutsy effort isn't enough to stop skid

Haren's gutsy effort isn't enough to stop skid

MIAMI -- The silence spoke loudly in the Marlins' clubhouse following a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Marlins Park.

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Marlins' offense can't unlock key to timely hits

Marlins' offense can't unlock key to timely hits

MIAMI -- When Adeiny Hechavarria's towering drive to left clanked off the foul pole in the ninth inning on Thursday night, the Marlins had their third home run in the three-game series against the Cardinals.

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Garcia to represent Marlins in Futures Game

Garcia to represent Marlins in Futures Game

MIAMI -- Jarlin Garcia, a promising left-hander for Class A Advanced Jupiter, is about to perform on a global stage. The 22-year-old has been selected to represent the Marlins in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park.

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Stanton smashes liner to center for 27th HR

Slugger one homer shy of Marlins' record before All-Star break

Stanton smashes liner to center for 27th HR

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton made the biggest part of Marlins Park play small in the second inning on Wednesday night with his latest jaw-dropping home run.

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Stanton belts 27th but Latos bit by long ball

Stanton belts 27th but Latos bit by long ball

MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Mat Latos gave up just three hits in seven innings on Wednesday night, but the Cardinals did serious damage with two of them. Kolten Wong belted a two-run homer and Jason Heyward added a three-run blast that lifted St. Louis to a 6-1 victory at Marlins Park.

The two blasts held because the Marlins were unable to manage much off lefty Jaime Garcia, who allowed one run, on a Giancarlo Stanton homer, in seven innings. St. Louis secured the series win and improved to a Major League-best 47-24, while Miami has dropped three straight and is a season-worst 13 games under .500 (30-43).

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Dee Gordon shows off vertical leap with amazing grab

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Dee Gordon shows off vertical leap with amazing grab

If you were to ask the average fan, here are the first skills they would say a baseball player needs to have: 

- A functioning human body

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Unbalanced lineup frustrating for Marlins

Offense scuffles despite Stanton, Gordon providing All-Star production

Unbalanced lineup frustrating for Marlins

MIAMI -- The way the Marlins see it, the lack of run production simply doesn't make sense, considering the amount of talent in their lineup. The club has the Major League leader in home runs and RBIs in Giancarlo Stanton and speedster Dee Gordon paces the game in hits.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.