Bour homers off Harvey; Marlins escape Mets

Bour homers off Harvey; Marlins escape Mets

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's arm certainly isn't dead, but the right-hander may be in a bit of a slump. Harvey was throwing in the upper 90s after dealing with a bout of "dead arm" following his last start, and he struck out 11 over eight innings Friday night. But one bad pitch to Justin Bour was enough to hand Harvey his second straight loss as the Marlins topped the Mets, 4-3, at Citi Field.

"He made a couple mistakes and we weren't able to give him much support," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Other than that, he threw the ball fine."

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Haren steady despite homers, lack of velocity

Haren steady despite homers, lack of velocity

NEW YORK -- Dan Haren doesn't overpower or overwhelm you. But for the most part, all the 34-year-old has done this season is give his team a chance to win.

It was more of the same on Friday. On a night Matt Harvey was throwing 98-mph fastballs and striking out 11, Haren countered with his usual 86-mph heater in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

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Bour keeps providing much-needed extra power

Lefty slugger, who homered in second straight game, adds threat behind Stanton

Bour keeps providing much-needed extra power

NEW YORK -- Through three innings, the Marlins barely were able to put the ball in play off Matt Harvey. Their fortunes changed in the fourth inning, and Justin Bour provided the pop with a three-run homer.

Bour's big blast gave Dan Haren a three-run cushion and Miami was able to preserve a 4-3 win over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.

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Relishing new role, amped-up Ramos gets save

Relishing new role, amped-up Ramos gets save

NEW YORK -- As the music blared and crowd noise rose at Citi Field, so did A.J. Ramos' adrenaline level. Seizing the moment, the Marlins' right-hander was able to lock down his toughest save chance since he took over the closer's role a couple of weeks ago.

Ramos retired Wilmer Flores on a slow roller to first, stranding Daniel Murphy at second base and securing the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Mets.

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N.Y. native Koehler tries to conquer Citi Field

N.Y. native Koehler tries to conquer Citi Field

Saturday's Mets-Marlins matchup at Citi Field features two starting pitchers on opposite trajectories. New York left-hander Jon Niese has struggled recently, giving up 16 runs in his last three starts. He'll face Miami right-hander Tom Koehler, who's allowed just three runs in his last 13 innings.

Amid a rough month of May for the Marlins, Koehler has been a bright spot. In six appearances, five of them starts, the right-hander has posted a .273 ERA in the month, with 26 strikeouts in 33 innings. Opponents are batting .205 against him, compared to .262 in April.

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Mathis could return to Marlins on Monday

Mathis could return to Marlins on Monday

MIAMI -- Another three Minor League games may be all Jeff Mathis needs before being reinstated from the disabled list by the Marlins.

Returning from a right hand fracture, Mathis is currently on a rehab assignment at Double-A Jacksonville. The best-case scenario is he is activated on Monday before the Marlins play host to the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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Inbox: Can players be themselves around Jennings?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers Marlins fans' questions

Inbox: Can players be themselves around Jennings?

How can the players "be themselves" with Dan Jennings?
-- @janewins1

From the moment he agreed to take over as manager, Jennings understood his first priority was to win the trust of his players. With many, if not all, of the players in the clubhouse, he already had established a strong relationship. Jennings was a major factor in convincing Giancarlo Stanton to sign his 13-year contract in November. He was also part of recruiting and signing Ichiro Suzuki. I can go down the list with pretty much all the players.

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On first ASG update, Dee, Stanton in line for first starts

On first ASG update, Dee, Stanton in line for first starts

PITTSBURGH -- Second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton represent the Marlins well on the first National League update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released Wednesday.

Gordon led all National League second basemen in fan votes with 934,249. He's followed by the Cardinals' Kolten Wong (582,238). Gordon has never earned a starting assignment at the All-Star Game, although he made the NL squad as a reserve last year with the Dodgers.

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Marlins claim reliever Smith from Angels

NEW YORK -- The Marlins added some bullpen depth to their system on Friday, claiming right-hander Chad Smith off waivers from the Angels. The 25-year-old, who has appeared in 12 big league games, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Miami becomes Smith's third franchise this season. He started off with the A's, and made two appearances with Oakland, before being picked up by the Angels.

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Bullpen can't follow Hand's lead in loss to Bucs

Bullpen can't follow Hand's lead in loss to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Led by another strong start from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rallied to score five runs with two outs in the seventh inning and beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

The Pirates have won a season-high six straight games, completing back-to-back sweeps against the Mets and Marlins. It's their longest winning streak since June 20-30, 2013.

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Shutdown frame missing as 2-out rally sinks Fish again

Shutdown frame missing as 2-out rally sinks Fish again

PITTSBURGH -- In the eyes of Marlins manager Dan Jennings, missing a pitch or two is the difference between escaping a potentially damaging inning and fueling a game-changing rally.

Miami was on the wrong end of the latter on Wednesday afternoon. Despite holding a two-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh, and retiring the first two batters of the inning, the Marlins' bullpen was tagged for five runs in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park, securing a sweep for Pittsburgh.

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Give him a Hand: Lefty steps up in first start

Give him a Hand: Lefty steps up in first start

PITTSBURGH -- Entering Wednesday's game, the Marlins had just one win over the Pirates in their past 11 games at PNC Park. Looking to avoid a sweep, Miami manager Dan Jennings went to the guy who helped deliver their last win in Pittsburgh: left-hander Brad Hand.

Hand shut down Pittsburgh's lineup for five scoreless innings in his first start of the season, but Miami's bullpen couldn't hold it in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates.

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Morse on DL; sim game on tap for Fernandez

Extended spring outings likely for Cosart, Latos; 'no-throw status' for Alvarez

Morse on DL; sim game on tap for Fernandez

PITTSBURGH -- The Marlins are closer to a healthy roster as each day passes by. But in the meantime, a bulk of Miami's potential production is on the mend.

Marlins manager Dan Jennings announced before Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Pirates that first baseman Michael Morse has hit the 15-day disabled list with a right finger ligament strain, while several pitchers have mound sessions on the horizon.

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Marlins can't rally as Urena struggles in 1st start

Marlins can't rally as Urena struggles in 1st start

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates rode left-hander Jeff Locke's solid start and a two-out barrage to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Bucs' fifth straight win.

The victory tied Pittsburgh's longest winning streak of the season and put the Pirates back over .500, at 23-22. Locke's pitch count quickly increased as he walked a season-high four batters, but he got through 5 2/3 scoreless innings and let the Bucs' bullpen take over from there.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Two-out rallies mar Urena's starting debut

Two-out rallies mar Urena's starting debut

PITTSBURGH -- Things were easier for Jose Urena in the Minors.

With the Marlins strapped for pitching depth, Urena was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first Major League start against the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Urena, despite owning a 4-0 record and 1.21 ERA for the Zephyrs, struggled with the Bucs' hot-hitting bats as he was tagged with the loss in a 5-1 Marlins defeat.

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Marlins tweak staff; Harris new 3B coach

Butler moves from hot corner, will continue to guide baserunners, outfielders

Marlins tweak staff; Harris new 3B coach

PITTSBURGH -- The Marlins announced before Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Pirates that former third-base coach Brett Butler has been reassigned, with Lenny Harris taking over in that role.

Butler, in his second season with the Marlins, will continue to serve as outfield and baserunning coach, while Harris, who is in his fourth year with the organization and first with the big club, moves from his role as assistant hitting coach.

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Fish sticks go cold again in Pittsburgh

After seemingly breaking out vs. O's, Marlins have scored three runs total, strand 10 Tuesday

Fish sticks go cold again in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Fresh off a series-clinching victory over the Orioles in which they scored five runs, the Marlins fell flat offensively in Monday's series opener against the Pirates. And on Tuesday, Miami's lack of production at the plate was even worse in a 5-1 loss at PNC Park.

The Marlins managed just four hits off Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke, who allowed fewer than three earned runs for the first time since April 18. The left-hander didn't blow Miami away, though. The Marlins simply could not convert -- again -- runners on base into runs.

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McKeon inducted into Irish Baseball Hall of Fame

McKeon, Wakamatsu, Mets' Forde, broadcaster O'Brien, Bill Murray also honored

McKeon inducted into Irish Baseball Hall of Fame

Former big leaguer Mike Sweeney believes there are four loves every Irish-American should share in life: faith, family, baseball and smiling.

Sweeney touched on all four Tuesday during his induction to the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame at Foley's Pub in New York City. Sweeney was inducted alongside former big league manager Jack McKeon, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, broadcaster Dave O'Brien, Mets executive Shannon Forde and legendary comedian/actor -- and part owner of five Minor League teams -- Bill Murray.

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Hall of Famers Dawson, Perez to represent Marlins at Draft

Hall of Famers Dawson, Perez to represent Marlins at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Stanton's efforts not enough for Phelps vs. Bucs

Stanton's efforts not enough for Phelps vs. Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Backed by a pair of home runs, right-hander Charlie Morton made an encouraging return to the rotation as the Pirates beat the Marlins, 4-2, on Monday night at PNC Park.

Morton began the season on the disabled list after working his way back from September hip surgery, but he looked like the same "Ground Chuck" who pitched to a 3.52 ERA for the Pirates in 2013-14. The 31-year-old right-hander induced 16 groundouts, holding the Marlins to two runs on eight hits over seven innings in his 2015 debut.

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Stanton guards wall in right, hits one over it

Slugger slams into fence on run-saving grab in second, then hits opposite-field shot in third

Stanton guards wall in right, hits one over it

PITTSBURGH -- In the bottom of the second inning Monday night, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton found himself crashing into the Clemente Wall.

A frame later, he crushed a ball over it.

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Phelps allows first HRs, but feels love in Pittsburgh

Run support issue continues for righty, who takes first road loss in front of large family contingent

Phelps allows first HRs, but feels love in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- With his wife, baby and other family members in the stands at PNC Park, Marlins starting pitcher David Phelps had an abundance of emotional support on hand for his eighth start of the 2015 season.

He didn't have much run support, though.

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Prado strikes again in second straight win

Prado strikes again in second straight win

MIAMI -- A walk-off hero one night. An all-around contributor the next.

Martin Prado has the knack of doing all the little things that eventually come up big. The Marlins third baseman struck again on Sunday, belting a home run, driving in two runs while scoring twice in a 5-2 win over the Orioles at Marlins Park.

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Koehler steps up with rotation in need

Koehler steps up with rotation in need

MIAMI -- If the Marlins are to climb out of the deep hole they've placed themselves in, their starting pitching will lead the way. Tom Koehler did his part to help point the club in the right direction on Sunday afternoon.

The right-hander allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and led the way for the Marlins to beat the Orioles, 5-2, at Marlins Park, and claim their first series win since taking two of three from the Phillies on May 1-3.

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Koehler, Prado lift Marlins past Orioles

Koehler, Prado lift Marlins past Orioles

MIAMI -- The Marlins capped one of their most agonizing homestands in years with a 5-2 victory over the Orioles on Sunday, which enabled them to take two of three in the series at Marlins Park. Miami went 2-8 on its homestand, and went through a managerial change.

Tom Koehler gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings, and Martin Prado, the day after delivering a walk-off single in the 13th inning in Saturday's 1-0 win, connected on a home run off Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

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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.