Stanton, Gordon named All-Star Game starters

First time two Miami players were voted in; outfielder unable to participate due to broken hand

Stanton, Gordon named All-Star Game starters

CHICAGO -- They're the thunder and lightning in the Marlins' lineup. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has provided plenty of power, while second baseman Dee Gordon has showcased his game-changing speed.

The two are now part of club history. For the first time, two Miami players have been voted into the All-Star Game as starters. Only two players previously -- Hanley Ramirez (2008-10) and Gary Sheffield (1993) -- were the fans' choices.

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Marlins back Hechavarria as #ASGWorthy

Marlins back Hechavarria as #ASGWorthy

MIAMI -- When the Marlins acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Blue Jays in November 2012, the organization repeatedly said the Cuban-born shortstop had the makings of a future All-Star.

In his third season with Miami, the 25-year-old's career is certainly tracking in that direction. Although Hechavarria was not included among the National League All-Star reserves announced on Monday night, he's opening eyes with his all-around play.

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Marlins option struggling Ozuna to Triple-A

Outfielder in midst of 1-for-36 slump; corresponding move not yet announced

Marlins option struggling Ozuna to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Marcell Ozuna, in the midst of a 1-for-36 slump, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday after the Marlins' 2-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old center fielder has seen his production decline since he was batting .280 on June 23. Since then, he has one hit and is riding an 0-for-19 spell after going hitless in three at-bats in the series finale at Chicago.

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Latos' lament: Righty takes tough loss at Wrigley

Latos' lament: Righty takes tough loss at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' offense tallied just three hits on Sunday, but it proved to be enough for starter Kyle Hendricks in a 2-0 victory over the Marlins at Wrigley Field. Chicago took two of three games from Miami to improve to 4-1 in July.

Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 brilliant innings, allowing five hits while striking out six to pick up his fourth win of the season, and second in a row. It was just his fifth quality start in 16 outings, but the Cubs have now won 11 games at Wrigley when he starts.

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Marlins hurlers headline Prospect Team of the Week

Brice fans 21 in 12 shutout frames; Conley allows one run in 13 innings

Marlins hurlers headline 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 Miami Marlins have been known to develop young pitching over the years. They've certainly gotten some help from the farm system this season, with prospects like Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino contributing to the rotation in 2015.

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Miami finding ways to start both Morse, Bour

Club to take advantage of DH in short term; activated slugger likely to play first, possibly OF

Miami finding ways to start both Morse, Bour

CHICAGO -- Having Michael Morse back on the roster is the first step for the Marlins, but his arrival now creates a crowded situation at first base.

The challenge now for manager Dan Jennings is figuring out ways to have Morse and Justin Bour together in the starting lineup. It won't be an issue beginning on Tuesday at Boston, because they will be using the designated hitter at Fenway Park.

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Marlins head to Boston for brief Interleague set

Marlins head to Boston for brief Interleague set

The Marlins make the trek to Fenway Park for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, when they face the Red Sox in the opener of a brief two-game Interleague series, with Dan Haren and Wade Miley squaring off. Boston comes in holding a 20-10 advantage in the overall series, including a three-game sweep in Miami's most recent trip to Beantown.

Miley (8-7, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Red Sox, and he'll have the benefit of avoiding superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who remains on the disabled list with a broken left hand. The left-hander will aim for better efficiency after needing 103 pitches to work five innings in his last start.

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Bryant's power snaps Marlins' win streak at 4

Bryant's power snaps Marlins' win streak at 4

CHICAGO -- Rookie Kris Bryant celebrated the Fourth of July with a pair of home runs, including his second career grand slam, to back Clayton Richard's Chicago debut and power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday night.

Bryant belted a two-run homer in the first and his slam in the second, then made a brief curtain call to acknowledge the 37,898 fans at Wrigley FIeld. His six RBIs raised his season total to 49, tops among all Major League rookies.

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Lack of command forces Cosart to Triple-A

Marlins hope stint with New Orleans can help righty rediscover grasp of zone

Lack of command forces Cosart to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart was amped up and eager to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, the Fourth of July. But after he allowed a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, to Kris Bryant in the Cubs' 7-2 win, Cosart saw his night and his current run as a member of the Marlins' rotation come to an end.

After Cosart was tagged for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, the Marlins optioned the 25-year-old right-hander to Triple-A New Orleans. The club announced that first baseman Michael Morse (right ring finger) will be reinstated from the disabled list and join the club for Sunday afternoon's series finale.

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Flag will always mean more to some Marlins

Jennings, Bour overcome with U.S. pride after visiting troops in Middle East

Flag will always mean more to some Marlins

CHICAGO -- Before taking the field on Saturday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a couple of members of the Marlins reflected on what playing on the Fourth of July truly means.

Over the past year and a half, manager Dan Jennings and first baseman Justin Bour each represented the organization on separate overseas trips to visit United States troops stationed around the world.

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Bour shows value with 4th HR in past 4 games

Solo shot in sixth inning provides decisive run in victory over Cubs

Bour shows value with 4th HR in past 4 games

CHICAGO -- Another day, another Justin Bour blast.

For the fourth straight game, Bour belted a home run, which not only matched a Marlins record. The latest drive, a laser off Jason Hammel in the sixth inning on Friday, lifted Miami to a 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Koehler gets job done again, shuts down Cubs

Unstylish right-hander wins third straight one-run decision for Marlins

Koehler gets job done again, shuts down Cubs

CHICAGO -- Without much fanfare, Tom Koehler keeps finding a way.

No matter the opponent or ballpark, the Marlins' right-hander is piecing together a noteworthy season. Not even a hot Cubs team or the boisterous Wrigley Field crowd could slow him down on Friday in Miami's 2-1 win.

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Bour powers up again as Koehler wins duel

Bour powers up again as Koehler wins duel

CHICAGO -- Christian Yelich hit a solo homer and Justin Bour clubbed his fourth blast in his past four games to power the Marlins to a 2-1 victory Friday, ending the Cubs' three-game win streak in front of 41,212 at Wrigley Field.

Bour's tie-breaking homer came with two outs in the sixth off starter Jason Hammel and landed in the basket rimming the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' starter had retired 14 in a row before the home run.

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Fernandez feels 'fantastic' day after debut

Marlins will work young ace back into regular routine after All-Star break

Fernandez feels 'fantastic' day after debut

CHICAGO -- At first, the Marlins are easing Jose Fernandez back into action. But the 22-year-old's workload will increase after the All-Star break.

The Miami ace made a dazzling return from Tommy John surgery, giving up three runs and striking out six in six innings in Thursday's 5-4 win at Marlins Park. Topping his storybook afternoon, Fernandez also belted a home run.

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Marlins acquire pitching prospect for bonus slots

CHICAGO -- The Marlins have traded two international bonus pool picks, totaling $500,000, to the Rays for 22-year-old right-hander Enderson Franco, who is being assigned to Class A Greensboro.

The Franco transaction is part of the early international moves by the Marlins, who announced on Friday the signings of nine players.

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Welcome back, back, back ... Jose Fernandez!

Fans 6 over 6 innings, hits leadoff homer in fifth

Welcome back, back, back ... Jose Fernandez!

MIAMI -- The long wait was to once again see Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez pitch. But the Marlins' ace energized and entertained on Thursday afternoon with his bat as well as his blazing fastball.

Fernandez celebrated a triumphant return from Tommy John surgery, striking out six, while allowing three runs in six innings and also smashing a home run in Miami's 5-4 win over the Giants at Marlins Park.

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Bour caps comeback with another 3-run HR

Hits third shot of series after Fernandez goes deep

Bour caps comeback with another 3-run HR

MIAMI -- Trailing the visiting Giants by two runs in the bottom of the fifth, Marlins starter Jose Fernandez jolted the offense with a surprising leadoff home run. A few batters later, first baseman Justin Bour channeled that energy for the deciding blast in Miami's 5-4 series-sweeping win on Thursday.

"That home run got everyone pumped up," Bour said of Fernandez's homer.

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Fernandez rallies Marlins with arm, bat

Fernandez rallies Marlins with arm, bat

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return to the mound, displaying his electric assortment of stuff during six effective innings and contributing a home run to help the Marlins outlast the Giants, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon.

Having weathered Tommy John elbow surgery, Fernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in his first outing since May 9, 2014. The right-hander walked none and struck out six, reflecting his solid command and energizing the Marlins Park crowd of 32,598.

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Marlins sign first-round pick Naylor

Scouting director high on first baseman's power, bat speed

Marlins sign first-round pick Naylor

The Marlins on Thursday signed first baseman Josh Naylor, their first-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Naylor, from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, was the No. 12 overall pick. He also passed his physical on Thursday and received a $2.25 million signing bonus.

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Stanton named NL Player of the Month

Hit .344 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs before breaking left hand

Stanton named NL Player of the Month

MIAMI -- Despite breaking a bone in his left hand on June 26 and currently being on the 15-day disabled list, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was named the National League Player of the Month for June.

In 24 games, the right-handed slugger hit .344 (31-for-90) with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs. The 12 homers tied the franchise record for most in a month. He also recorded a Major League-best .800 slugging percentage, hitting safely in 20 of 24 games on his way to his second Player of the Month honor (the first was in May 2012).

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Fernandez hits HR in first start after elbow surgery

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Fernandez hits HR in first start after elbow surgery

When the baseball world learned that Jose Fernandez would have to undergo Tommy John surgery in May of last year, we mourned the loss of one of the game's brightest young stars and very best pitchers. But fear not, for on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, Fernandez made his long-awaited return, and Miami was very happy to see him.

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Right-hander Urena optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander Urena optioned to Triple-A

MIAMI -- After making seven starts in his second stint with Miami this season, Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Urena was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans prior to Thursday afternoon's contest against the Giants because of the return of ace Jose Fernandez.

Urena (1-4, 4.04 ERA) made two relief appearances in April before being sent down. He was then called back up on May 26, joined the rotation and earned his first Major League victory on June 12 against Colorado.

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Walk-off hero Bour resilient after rough month

Walk-off hero Bour resilient after rough month

MIAMI -- Flipping the calendar worked in Justin Bour's favor on Wednesday night. The 27-year-old first baseman, who batted .138 in June, opened July with a 2-for-4 performance that featured a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Giants at Marlins Park.

Bour's eighth homer gave the Marlins their first walk-off home run since Giancarlo Stanton's grand slam against the Mariners on April 18, 2014. The blast to right off Santiago Casilla also secured a series victory for Miami.

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Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off vs. Giants

Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off vs. Giants

MIAMI -- A mistake-filled night by the Marlins ended in dramatic walk-off fashion on Wednesday, when Justin Bour belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.

Miami committed a season-high three errors, including one by Bour at first. But in the ninth inning off Santiago Casilla, Bour lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right to give the Marlins their fourth walk-off win of the season, and first since May 23 against the Orioles. Miami had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings.

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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. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Defensive-wizard Marlins have tough night in field

Miami makes season-high three errors, which nearly costs them before Bour's heroics

Defensive-wizard Marlins have tough night in field

MIAMI -- If it wasn't for Justin Bour's heroics in a 6-5 win on Wednesday night against the Giants, the Marlins' sloppy defense would have been at the forefront of an ugly loss.

When Bour connected on a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning, he bailed out a Miami defense that committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs. Ironically, the Marlins entered the contest with a Major League-low 30 errors.

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Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

MIAMI -- With Marlins ace Jose Fernandez returning on Thursday, it was time for the departure of the hair and beard of Andres Salgado -- aka "The Jose Guy."

"The hair comes and goes," Salgado said prior to Wednesday's game against the Giants at Marlins Park. "But to have a caliber player like Jose is amazing."

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Marlins top Giants with homers inside and out

Marlins top Giants with homers inside and out

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon's first home run of the season was an exhausting one, as the speedy second baseman delivered a three-run, inside-the-park homer that energized the Marlins in their 5-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Marlins Park opened in 2012, and Gordon became the first player to be credited with an inside-the-park home run. The liner to right-center went to the wall, came with two outs in the third inning off Ryan Vogelsong and put Miami in front, 3-1. Justin Bour added a solo home run, a no-doubt blast into the second deck in right field, in the third inning.

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Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

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

In the second inning, Gordon circled the bases and was credited with a three-run, inside-the-park homer off Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, giving the Marlins a lead on their way to a 5-3 victory. Gordon laced a liner into the gap in right-center in the spacious ballpark, and he sprinted the bases, sliding headfirst into home plate.

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