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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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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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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Koehler looking for road win in opener vs. Cubs

Koehler looking for road win in opener vs. Cubs

The beginning of the holiday weekend in Chicago won't bring fireworks. Instead, the Cubs will kick off the celebration with a Friday afternoon game at Wrigley Field as they host the Marlins at 1:20 CT. The game signals the start of a 10-game homestand for the Cubs that will take them into the All-Star break, and a quick five-game road trip for the Marlins that also sends them to Boston.

The Marlins will have to hope Cubs starter Jason Hammel isn't as dominant as he was the last time he met them. Hammel (5-3, 2.92 ERA) is having a nice return season in Chicago after spending the end of 2014 with Oakland. He was exceptional June 1 at Marlins Park, striking out 11 over 6 2/3 innings. Miami starter Tom Koehler (6-4, 3.66 ERA) missed the Cubs when they came to town.

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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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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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Latos keeps fighting for Marlins with solid start

Righty ignores trade speculation, allows two earned runs in six innings

Latos keeps fighting for Marlins with solid start

MIAMI -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, Marlins starter Mat Latos knows he can only control so much -- particularly, his performance, which was solid in Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Giants at Marlins Park.

Conscious of what may loom in the future, the veteran righty went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. The 27-year-old who has been traded twice in his career and is slated to become a free agent at season's end walked none and struck out four on 90 pitches.

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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.

Meanwhile, first baseman Michael Morse -- who recently completed a rehab stint after going on the 15-day DL on May 26 -- had a brief setback and isn't ready for action just yet. Manager Dan Jennings said the veteran is experiencing "tightness in his back" and will likely be activated when the Marlins travel to Chicago on Friday for a three-game set with the Cubs.

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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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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.

"A lot of stuff was working and I didn't have too many guys on base -- multiple guys in the same inning -- very often," Greinke said. "Just got some early outs, some good hits were hit at people and that made it a little easier."

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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. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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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.

Confronted with the news that All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton could be out at least a month, and matched against Clayton Kershaw, Miami was staring at long odds. But Koehler grinded his way through seven innings, giving up two runs in the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Dodgers at Marlins Park.

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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.

Christian Yelich tied his career high with four hits and Miami ended a five-game skid by beating Clayton Kershaw on Stanton's first day on the DL with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

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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. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

The Marlins capitalized on two errors and a Clayton Kershaw wild pitch, and they scratched out just enough offense to hold on to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at Marlins Park, snapping a five-game losing streak.

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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.

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.

"My stuff was probably the best overall that it's been with the sinker," Anderson said. "Then I got some strikeouts with the slider, which hasn't really quite been there."

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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. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.