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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Chen put on DL; Cosart steps in Monday

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.

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.

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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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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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Yelich homers, then lifts Marlins in 10th

Yelich homers, then lifts Marlins in 10th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins are applying a little pressure to the Nationals in the National League East.

Miami beat the Phillies, 2-1, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park to move within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Nationals. Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria doubled against Phillies right-hander David Hernandez to start the 10th. Christian Yelich then ripped a two-out single to left field against left-hander Daniel Stumpf to score the go-ahead run.

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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 Tuesday.

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Gordon hits bump at start of comeback

Marlins 2B exits with cramp; he's set to return to Majors on July 28

Gordon hits bump at start of comeback

NEW ORLEANS -- Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon's much-awaited return had to be put on hold an extra 24 hours because of rain, and when the night finally came against the Sacramento River Cats, it wound up being cut short after he had to exit the second game of a doubleheader with a cramp.

Gordon, who received an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Agreement, had to leave in the fourth inning of the second game after stumbling out of the box on a grounder to short.

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Urena makes strong case to stay in rotation

Urena makes strong case to stay in rotation

PHILADELPHIA -- The back end of the Marlins' rotation has been a revolving door of four-inning starts and five-run outings. Manager Don Mattingly has been looking for a bookend to his one through four starters of Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler, Wei-Yin Chen and Adam Conley.

Mattingly might have found his guy in Jose Urena, who tossed 5 2/3 frames of one-run ball in the Marlins' 2-1, 10-inning win over the Phillies on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park for Miami's seventh win in its last eight.

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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.

Ozuna named Marlins' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Ozuna named Marlins' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Among 14 K's, Fernandez gets No. 500

Among 14 K's, Fernandez gets No. 500

PHILADELPHIA -- When Jose Fernandez got Cody Asche looking on a 97-mph heater in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 3-2, 11-inning win over the Phillies on Monday, it wasn't only his 10th strikeout of the game or the first via the fastball -- it was also Fernandez's 500th of his young career.

The 23-year-old flamethrower became the fastest starting pitcher to reach the milestone, doing it in 400 career innings. He just beat out Yu Darvish, who hit 500 two seasons ago after 401 2/3 innings. Aroldis Chapman set the record for any pitcher last season, striking out his 500th batter to finish his 292nd inning.

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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.

Marlins surge late in Jose's milestone outing

Marlins surge late in Jose's milestone outing

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins continue to be one of the best stories in baseball this season.

Following Jose Fernandez's 14 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for Miami, Marcell Ozuna knocked in the game-tying run with two outs in the ninth and Martin Prado hit the game-winning home run in the 11th to beat the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, 3-2. The victory moved the Marlins into sole possession of the second National League Wild Card, one game ahead of the Mets.

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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.

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Prado provides heroic homer in 11th inning

Late-innings comeback pushes Marlins into 2nd place in NL East

Prado provides heroic homer in 11th inning

PHILADELPHIA -- "Martin. Prado. The hero!"

Jose Fernandez, the man who struck out 14 Phillies, couldn't contain himself once the hero arrived at his locker. A minute later, Prado was turning and pointing at the protein powder in his locker that helped propel his 11th-inning blast over the left-field wall to give the Marlins a 3-2 win over the Phillies. Even the best pitching performances, like Prado, need a little boost.

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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.

Marlins answer Cardinals' late rally, take series

Marlins answer Cardinals' late rally, take series

ST. LOUIS -- Giancarlo Stanton didn't need his home run swing to do significant damage on Sunday afternoon. The Home Run Derby champion showed that a line-drive approach is pretty effective, as he collected two doubles, drove in the go-ahead run and scored twice in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Christian Yelich drove in three runs and Ichiro Suzuki collected three hits, moving six away from reaching 3,000 on a day Miami took two of three in the series and moved two games ahead of St. Louis in the National League Wild Card standings.

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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.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Mathis' bunt proves productive, pleasant surprise

Two-out squeeze catches everyone off guard, puts Miami on the board

Mathis' bunt proves productive, pleasant surprise

ST. LOUIS -- The element of surprise worked in Jeff Mathis' favor on Sunday, and it was a turning point in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Down a run with two outs in the fourth inning, Mathis saw third baseman Jhonny Peralta playing back with Giancarlo Stanton on third, so the veteran dropped down a successful surprise bunt. The squeeze drove in Stanton, ending a scoreless streak in St. Louis and energizing a stagnant offense.

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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 offers insight into Derby strategy

Stanton offers insight into Derby strategy

ST. LOUIS -- There was a method to the monstrous home runs Giancarlo Stanton showcased when he shattered the Home Run Derby record on Monday at Petco Park in San Diego.

Aware of the stories that the Derby can mess with a player's swing, Stanton actually came up with a plan to put on a good show while also not developing any bad habits. It's hard to argue with the results, because Stanton clubbed a record 61 homers to claim the T-Mobile Home Run Derby title.

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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 heads Marlins' gold-star defense

Outfielder denies Cards with pair of diving catches; Hechavarria adds sensational grab of his own

Stanton heads Marlins' gold-star defense

ST. LOUIS -- Giancarlo Stanton is heating up at the plate, and also in the field. The Marlins' right fielder on Saturday flashed some leather with a couple of highlight-worthy diving plays in a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

In the first inning, Stanton took extra bases, and likely two RBIs, away from Matt Adams, and he made a similar-styled play in the fourth to rob Aledmys Diaz.

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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.