No-hitter lost in 9th, Marlins hang on vs. Brewers

After Conley stellar for 7 2/3, Urena allows first hit, three runs in final inning

No-hitter lost in 9th, Marlins hang on vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins didn't hit their hotel beds in downtown Milwaukee until dawn on Friday after losing their sparkplug to a stunning suspension out west. Blindsided and bleary-eyed, Adam Conley & Co. provided something to celebrate.

It was not quite a no-hitter, or even a shutout. But even a nail-biting 6-3 win Friday night over the Brewers at Miller Park represented a lift for a Miami team playing its first game without suspended second baseman Dee Gordon.

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Conley 'at peace' with Mattingly's call in near no-no

Marlins' manager thinks of young lefty's future in removing him after 116 no-hit pitches

Conley 'at peace' with Mattingly's call in near no-no

MILWAUKEE -- Had Adam Conley worked a quick eighth inning, Don Mattingly would have considered sending the young left-hander back out to try to complete a no-hitter Friday night.

But to Mattingly, the decision to remove Conley became easy when it took the 25-year-old 16 pitches to get the first two outs of the eighth of the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Brewers.

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Conley's step forward turns page on Marlins' tough day

After All-Star Gordon was suspended, young lefty has best game of his career

Conley's step forward turns page on Marlins' tough day

Now that's how you change a narrative. You show off another one of your gifted young pitchers. You watch that young pitcher flirt with history. And then you put a finishing touch on a game that will have fans debating how the thing went down at the end.

In this way, the Miami Marlins turned the page -- at least for a day -- on Thursday's stunning news that All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon had been slapped with an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing substances.

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Dietrich starts at second; Mattingly has options

Dietrich starts at second; Mattingly has options

MILWAUKEE -- While the circumstances were unforeseen, manager Don Mattingly and the Marlins had prepared for how the club would proceed if Dee Gordon would be lost for an extended period of time.

Instead of an injury causing an absence, Gordon was suspended 80 games Thursday night for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy after testing positive for exogenous testosterone and Clostebol, both performance-enhancing drugs.

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After passing Robinson, Ichiro steals 500th

Suzuki 33rd all-time on hits list, becomes eighth player with 2,900 hits and 500 stolen bases

After passing Robinson, Ichiro steals 500th

MILWAUKEE -- Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki became the only active player with 500 career stolen bases by swiping second base in the first inning of Friday night's 6-3 win over the Brewers.

Suzuki singled to lead off the game against Brewers starter Zach Davies. It was the 2,944th hit of his career, moving him past Frank Robinson for 33rd on the all-time hits list.

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Chen looks to extend Marlins' win streak

Chen looks to extend Marlins' win streak

Quality starts have been hard to come by for the Brewers. Chase Anderson will try to change that when he takes the mound Saturday against the Marlins at Miller Park. The Brewers have just five quality starts in their first 22 games, the fewest in the Major Leagues.

Milwaukee sent struggling right-hander Taylor Jungmann to Triple-A on Friday.

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Supportive Marlins react to Gordon news

Supportive Marlins react to Gordon news

MILWAUKEE -- The news of Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy happened so suddenly after Miami's 5-3 win in Los Angeles that the Marlins barely had time to process the news Thursday night.

But after a long, cross-country flight led to an early Friday morning arrival in Milwaukee, members of the organization came to Miller Park ready to shift focus back to baseball.

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Marlins recall OF Gillespie from Triple-A

Marlins recall OF Gillespie from Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- To fill the roster void created by Dee Gordon's suspension, the Miami Marlins selected outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

The 31-year-old was hitting .204 with a home run and three RBIs in 55 plate appearances this season with the Zephyrs.

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2B Gordon gets 80-game penalty

Marlins All-Star tests positive for two performance-enhancing substances

2B Gordon gets 80-game penalty

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion and a two-time All-Star, has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games without pay for violating the league's drug policy.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball levied the suspension after Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It is effective immediately. Gordon would be eligible to return on July 29 when the Marlins play host to the Cardinals. He would not be eligible to play in the postseason.

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Marlins sweep LA; Gordon suspended

Marlins sweep LA; Gordon suspended

LOS ANGELES -- One minute, the Marlins were joyously walking off the field here with a four-game sweep of the Dodgers. The next, they received the sobering news that one of their top players, leadoff hitter and All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, had been suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

Immediately following a come-from-behind 5-3 victory that gave manager Don Mattingly a sweep of his former team on Thursday night, Gordon told the club that he had been suspended by MLB for 80 games without pay, effective immediately.

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Fernandez wants no part of hitting against Maeda

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Fernandez wants no part of hitting against Maeda

In his first month in MLB, Dodgers sensation Kenta Maeda's pretty much done nothing but baffle opposing hitters. He entered Thursday night's matchup against the Marlins at 3-0, sporting a 0.66 ERA with 25 K's in 27 1/3 innings pitched. And if position players haven't been able to figure him out, it just seems cruel to let Maeda face Jose Fernandez -- a man who, despite being both an awesome pitcher and hair styler, has slashed just .211/.217/.322 so far in his career.

But, to his eternal credit, Fernandez made contact! He grounded out to shortstop, and then made it clear he had no interest in doing that ever again.

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Dunn begins throwing; Jackson progressing

Dunn begins throwing; Jackson progressing

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins reliever Mike Dunn, on the disabled list since the season started with a left forearm strain, began his preliminary throwing program Thursday in South Florida, and his return to the big leagues could be about a month away.

Right-hander Edwin Jackson also continues to throw, and he is expected to be at least a few more weeks away.

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Nicolino's gem in season debut nicks Dodgers

Nicolino's gem in season debut nicks Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Nicolino clamped down the Dodgers with 7 1/3 shutout innings and took home a victory in his first start of 2016, guiding the Marlins to 2-0 victory on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

"Any time you get that call it's an unbelievable feeling," Nicolino said. "I got the call on Monday night and it was official today. I was excited and I was ready to go. I wanted to be here from the get-go. I wanted to just take the ball and run with it. The guys gave me a good opportunity and put some runs on the board in the first inning."

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Phelps, Mattingly ejected; Urena ends threat

Marlins reliever, manager exit with bases loaded in eighth inning

Phelps, Mattingly ejected; Urena ends threat

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins reliever David Phelps, upset after close pitches were called balls in a walk to pinch-hitter Joc Pederson in the frantic eighth inning, was ejected by home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Miami manager Don Mattingly also drew an ejection after arguing with Tichenor. Tempers boiled in the visiting dugout as the walk to Pederson filled the bases with one out in a game the Marlins managed to hold on to for a 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

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Newly confident Nicolino quickly dispatches Dodgers

Marlins starter shows improved pace, command in season debut

Newly confident Nicolino quickly dispatches Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- There wasn't much wasted time when Justin Nicolino was on the mound Wednesday night in the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The 24-year-old left-hander, who got a taste of the big leagues last year, was making his season debut, and from the beginning he was attacking the zone.

He wasn't overpowering by any means, but Nicolino did what's carried him throughout his professional career. He worked both sides of the plate and mixed speeds, and helped Miami clinch the organization's first series victory at Los Angeles since 2010.

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Barraclough's slider becoming a wipeout pitch

Marlins reliever worked on command in Triple-A

Barraclough's slider becoming a wipeout pitch

LOS ANGELES -- A main reason Kyle Barraclough was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans midway through Spring Training was to work on establishing command. Once the right-hander showed he was consistently in the zone with his fastball, it set up his most devastating pitch, a wipeout slider.

Barraclough has stabilized the back end of the Marlins' bullpen since being called up April 17. Going into Wednesday's game the right-hander had yet to allow a run, and he had struck out 10 with two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

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Marlins prospect Wittgren optioned to New Orleans

Marlins prospect Wittgren optioned to New Orleans

The Marlins optioned right-hander Nick Wittgren to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday and recalled left-hander Justin Nicolino.

Wittgren, the club's No. 21 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, appeared in two games, allowing one earned run in two innings.

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Stanton leads way as Marlins best Kershaw

Stanton leads way as Marlins best Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- Giancarlo Stanton's three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning off Clayton Kershaw as the Marlins stormed back to beat the Dodgers, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Stanton, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif., has 12 home runs and 29 RBIs in 31 career games against his former hometown team.

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Stanton beats Kershaw for 3rd HR in 3 games

Stanton beats Kershaw for 3rd HR in 3 games

LOS ANGELES -- Giancarlo Stanton may have waved through a tantalizing Clayton Kershaw curveball in the fourth inning, but the three-time All-Star was all over the three-time Cy Young Award winner's fastball in the sixth.

Stanton smashed a three-run homer to dead center to punctuate a five-run inning that gave the Marlins the lead on their way to a 6-3 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

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Naylor among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pirates No. 1 prospect strikes out 11 in scoreless start for Triple-A Indianapolis

Naylor among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.

Glasnow, No. 8 on the Top 100, was nothing short of dominant, allowing two hits and one walk while setting a Triple-A career-high with 11 strikeouts. He threw 56 of his season-high 87 pitches for strikes and, after logging exactly five innings in his first three turns, the six frames marked his longest of the season for the Indians.

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Nicolino replacing Cosart in Marlins' rotation

Nicolino replacing Cosart in Marlins' rotation

LOS ANGELES -- The Marlins on Tuesday made their first significant rotation change. Jarred Cosart, initially scheduled to start on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. His spot will be taken by Justin Nicolino, who will be recalled on Wednesday from the Zephyrs.

Sending down Cosart was the corresponding move to reinstating third baseman Martin Prado, who had been on the MLB paternity list since Saturday. Another move will have to be made Wednesday when the Marlins add Nicolino.

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Mattingly reflects on time with Dodgers

Mattingly reflects on time with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Before moving forward with a four-game series against the Dodgers, Marlins manager Don Mattingly on Monday afternoon spent some time looking back at his five-year tenure at the helm in Los Angeles.

Mattingly's first visit to Dodger Stadium since relocating to Miami garnered plenty of media attention. The new Marlins skipper covered plenty of ground, reflecting on his relationships in Los Angeles as well as the challenges he faces in South Florida.

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Stanton powers Miami win in LA homecoming

Stanton powers Miami win in LA homecoming

LOS ANGELES -- Like many times in the past, Giancarlo Stanton brought the power in his Southern California stompin' grounds to drive the Marlins to a 3-2 win on Monday at Dodger Stadium. The right fielder was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and home run.

Wei-Yin Chen picked up his first Marlins win with a strong 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. His biggest trouble came on solo homers by Yasiel Puig and Trayce Thompson in the fourth inning. The Dodgers were prepared for the southpaw with a starting lineup completely devoid of left-handed hitters, but they couldn't make enough of a dent to get the win.

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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 pads impressive Dodger Stadium resume

Stanton pads impressive Dodger Stadium resume

LOS ANGELES -- Give Giancarlo Stanton a second chance and the three-time All-Star is likely to make you pay. The Marlins right fielder did just that on Monday in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Stanton blasted a home run in the fourth inning off Ross Stripling, and capitalized after a Los Angeles miscue by lacing an RBI double in the fifth inning to provide a big boost in Miami taking the series opener.

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Realmuto's homer lifts Marlins over Giants

Realmuto's homer lifts Marlins over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sunday's eighth inning was a study in contrasts as Miami's J.T. Realmuto punctuated a 4-for-4 afternoon with a tiebreaking home run and San Francisco loaded the bases with nobody out yet did not score. The Marlins held on for a 5-4 triumph that denied the Giants a sweep of the three-game series.

Realmuto, who began the game batting .188 (9-for-48), victimized Giants reliever Josh Osich by delivering his first homer of the season to shatter a 4-4 deadlock.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Phelps walks tightrope, escapes crucial 8th

Marlins reliever loads bases with none out, gets double play and strikeout

Phelps walks tightrope, escapes crucial 8th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when the lead and perhaps the game were on the brink of slipping away, David Phelps executed the pitch of the game -- a 94 mph two-seam fastball that regained momentum for the Marlins in their 5-4 win over the Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning, Phelps got Angel Pagan to tap back to the mound, and the reliever was able to start a 1-2-3 double play.

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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.