Marlins option Nicolino, clearing roster picture

Miami also sends down Ellington, Cervenka, Telis

Marlins option Nicolino, clearing roster picture

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins made a series of moves on Tuesday morning that give a much clearer picture of how their rotation and bullpen will shape up for Opening Day.

Justin Nicolino, who was competing for the fifth-starter spot, right-hander Brian Ellington, lefty Hunter Cervenka and catcher Tomas Telis were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, leaving 33 players in camp.

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Inbox: Is Yelich bound for stardom?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from Miami fans

Inbox: Is Yelich bound for stardom?

What can we expect from Christian Yelich this year? I loved watching him get a taste of leadership and meaningful games in the World Baseball Classic.
-- @CoolKidJoeXBL

Without question, Yelich raised his profile and performance while playing a pivotal role on Team USA's championship team. Tom Koehler noted that Yelich no longer will be viewed as "the quiet kid in the corner." Maybe the World Baseball Classic was the platform to push Yelich into stardom.

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Koehler cruises until 5-run sixth against Mets

Koehler cruises until 5-run sixth against Mets

JUPITER, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler brought the heat, tossing five shutout innings while blazing a fastball that topped at 96 mph, and T.J. Rivera blasted a three-run homer, powering the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday.

Wheeler, competing with Seth Lugo for New York's fifth-starter spot, scattered two hits and struck out three in his 70-pitch outing. Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler cruised for five innings, but an error in the sixth cleared the way for a five-run frame.

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Eyeing playoffs, Marlins prepared to deal

Miami likely to approach Trade Deadline as buyers in pitching market

Eyeing playoffs, Marlins prepared to deal

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins have their sights set on the postseason, and if necessary, the front office is prepared to be buyers by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

For Miami to contend, the starting pitching must step up.

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Koehler treats start like regular-season game

Koehler treats start like regular-season game

JUPITER, Fla. -- All the work and preparation Tom Koehler has been doing throughout Spring Training transferred over to the main field on Monday afternoon.

In what likely was Koehler's final Grapefruit League start, the right-hander struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in the Marlins' 5-0 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Telis staying ready for chance in the Majors

Catcher working at behind-the-plate defense, learning first base

Telis staying ready for chance in the Majors

JUPITER, Fla. -- Unless something changes in the next few days, the Marlins are not leaning towards carrying three catchers. But if something changes, Tomas Telis could find himself breaking with the big league club.

Miami had been open to carrying an extra catcher, mainly because A.J. Ellis has dealt with a left hamstring strain since late February. But Ellis has been catching in Minor League games, and could be in Grapefruit League action as early as Tuesday.

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Chen goes five in up-and-down outing

Chen goes five in up-and-down outing

JUPITER, Fla. -- Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.

In his first plate appearance since helping Puerto Rico to a silver medal in the World Baseball Classic, Molina blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the wall in left. Fowler followed with his first spring home run in the third. Fowler and Molina each finished with multi-hit games.

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Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

Third baseman still resting, Dietrich getting bulk of work at hot corner

Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.

The veteran third baseman is expected to open the season on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. More on his status should be known by the end of the week.

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Chen's main problem has been the long ball

Left-hander's 6 spring earned runs have all come via homers

Chen's main problem has been the long ball

JUPITER, Fla. -- Finally, Wei-Yin Chen celebrated a hit. Of course, it doesn't actually count on his Major League statistics sheet, but his infield single in the fifth inning provided a moment of levity in the Marlins' 3-0 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Chen is hitless in 50 big league at-bats, including 0-for-44 last year, so his teammates asked for the ball after his first hit of Spring Training.

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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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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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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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