Latos cleared to start Tuesday vs. Nationals

Hamstring injury presents no issues in bullpen work

Latos cleared to start Tuesday vs. Nationals

MIAMI -- When Mat Latos limped off the field in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, the Marlins' rotation appeared to be headed for a setback.

But after throwing a successful bullpen session on Saturday, Latos was cleared to rejoin the rotation, and will make his scheduled start on Tuesday at Washington.

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Prado drives in four as Marlins keep rolling

Prado drives in four as Marlins keep rolling

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon provided the speed, slapping out three hits and stealing two bases, and Martin Prado delivered the power, connecting on a three-run homer while driving in four runs.

The top-of-the-order combination gave Dan Haren plenty of support in the Marlins' 7-0 victory over the Phillies Saturday.

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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. Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Haren holds steady with lead against Phillies

Right-hander tosses six shutout innings for third win

Haren holds steady with lead against Phillies

MIAMI -- Give him early run support and good defense, and Dan Haren will take care of the rest. It's not always pretty, and it's certainly not flashy, but the 34-year-old has a knack for seizing whatever opportunity he's given.

It was more of the same for Haren on Saturday in the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Phillies.

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Gordon, Prado provide one-two punch for Marlins

Speedster sets table and teammate cleans up in win

Gordon, Prado provide one-two punch for Marlins

MIAMI -- It all started at the top for the Marlins on Saturday. The top of the order, Dee Gordon and Martin Prado, put on a speed and power demonstration that was simply overwhelming in Miami's 7-0 victory over the Phillies at Marlins Park Saturday.

Gordon and Prado combined to go 5-for-6 with a homer, double, four runs scored, four RBIs and two stolen bases.

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Yelich to start rehab stint Sunday

Outfielder could rejoin Marlins as early as Thursday

Yelich to start rehab stint Sunday

MIAMI -- Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich will begin his rehab assignment on Sunday playing for Class A Jupiter. If all goes well, the 23-year-old could be ready to rejoin the Marlins later next week.

On the disabled with a lower back strain, Yelich took batting practice on Saturday at Marlins Park. All signs are encouraging, and the 2014 National League Gold Glove-winning left fielder is hopeful to reinstated on Thursday at San Francisco.

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Ozuna makes his 4th hit first walk-off of year

Center fielder having success by not swinging for fences

Ozuna makes his 4th hit first walk-off of year

MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna has yet to smash a home run, but the Marlins center fielder on Friday night celebrated his first walk-off hit of the season.

Ozuna's third double of the night found the gap in left-center, and it had enough distance to enable Giancarlo Stanton to slide home from first and give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Stanton's 2B hardest-hit ball in 2015

Slugger's hit against Phillies left bat at 120 mph

Statcast: Stanton's 2B hardest-hit ball in 2015

It's no surprise to hear that when Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton squares up a baseball, he hits it really, really hard.

But thanks to Statcast, the state-of-the-art tracking technology, we have an idea of just how much force he generates with each powerful swing.

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Ozuna breaks up tie with walk-off double

Ozuna breaks up tie with walk-off double

MIAMI -- The Marlins squandered chances all night, leaving 11 on base heading into the ninth inning. But they were finally able to break through and edge the Phillies, 4-3, in walk-off fashion on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double off Ken Giles.

Ozuna's third double of the night scored Giancarlo Stanton, who had walked, from first base. The decisive run didn't come without drama. The crew chief reviewed the play to see if catcher Carlos Ruiz tagged Stanton before he touched home.

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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. Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marcell Ozuna is actual bear in clubhouse cage

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Marcell Ozuna is actual bear in clubhouse cage

Knotted up at 3-3 against the Phillies on Friday, the Marlins needed a little extra oomph to power their way to a victory. Giancarlo Stanton walked to start off the bottom of the ninth inning, and it was then that Miami revealed their secret weapon and released the Big Bear. 

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Cishek dodges bullet in ninth to secure win

Reliever barely misses being beaten again by a late homer

Cishek dodges bullet in ninth to secure win

MIAMI -- The range of emotions swung in a matter of seconds for Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the ninth inning on Friday night. The right-hander logged two quick outs, but then held his breath on Cody Asche's triple to right-center.

Off the bat, Cishek was thinking it was a routine fly ball. But with the Marlins Park roof open, the ball traveled a bit further than normal, and it nearly left the yard.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After injury, Latos' status unclear for next start

Hand could take turn in Marlins' rotation

After injury, Latos' status unclear for next start

MIAMI -- Mat Latos' status for his next start remains up in the air. The right-hander is continuing to have his strained left hamstring evaluated.

If the 27-year-old isn't ready to go, the Marlins will consider their backup plan, which could be to start lefty Brad 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yelich, Alvarez nearing return from DL

Left fielder could be back with Marlins next week, with ace soon to follow

Yelich, Alvarez nearing return from DL

MIAMI -- Some core Marlins currently on the disabled list are getting closer to returning. Left fielder Christian Yelich and right-hander Henderson Alvarez are expected back in the not-too-distant future.

Yelich (lower back strain) is expected to play in a rehab assignment game at Class A Jupiter on Sunday. Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) could be back in the middle of May.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Slick defender Hechavarria becoming complete player

With .321 average in April, shortstop's offense is beginning to match glove skills

Slick defender Hechavarria becoming complete player

MIAMI -- The Marlins have grown accustomed to seeing Adeiny Hechavarria making highlight-reel-worthy defensive plays. The slick-fielding shortstop has made a habit of them since he was acquired from the Blue Jays after the 2012 season.

What's standing out this season is how the 26-year-old is rounding out his overall game, and his improvement at the plate is a big reason Miami has turned things around after a slow start.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fernandez faces hitters for first time since surgery

Marlins ace throws 15 pitches in live batting-practice session Thursday

Fernandez faces hitters for first time since surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jose Fernandez did something Thursday that he had not done in almost a year -- pitch against live hitting.

The Marlins' 22-year-old ace, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 15 pitches while facing hitters on a back field at the Marlins' Spring Training complex behind Roger Dean Stadium. It was the first time the right-hander had faced hitters since May 9, 2014. On that day in San Diego, Fernandez experienced discomfort in his right elbow, and a week later, he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

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Ichiro's first Marlins HR fires up fans, dugout

Suzuki touched by teammates' reaction; Redmond praises veteran's presence

Ichiro's first Marlins HR fires up fans, dugout

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki brought fans to their feet and smiles all around the home dugout Wednesday night when the 41-year-old outfielder hit his first home run in a Marlins uniform.

Ichiro's eighth-inning, three-run clout into the right-field stands at Marlins Park put the finishing touches on a 7-3 victory over the Mets, Miami's second consecutive win against its National League East rival.

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Stanton, Ichiro slug Marlins to series win over Mets

Stanton, Ichiro slug Marlins to series win over Mets

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in three runs, Dee Gordon hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh, and the Marlins dropped Bartolo Colon to his first loss of the season Wednesday night, winning a 7-3 game to take two of three from the Mets.

Stanton homered off Colon in the first inning, then -- with first base open in a one-run game -- beat a defensive shift to single home Miami's third run in the fifth. He was the only Marlins player to drive in a run against Colon until the seventh, when Gordon launched his sac fly to center to plate Adeiny Hechavarria. Ichiro Suzuki later added a three-run shot off Alex Torres to put the game out of reach in the eighth.

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Latos strains hamstring after hitting single

Marlins' starter gives way to pinch-runner in 5th inning against Mets

Latos strains hamstring after hitting single

MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Mat Latos exited the game against the Mets in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night with a left hamstring strain. The Marlins -- who went on to win the game, 7-3 -- said Latos will be re-evaluated Thursday and is day to day.

Latos, who was seeking his first win this season, said he sustained the injury when running to first base after hitting a single to center field. He left the game after consulting with the Marlins' trainer, and slammed his batting helmet against the wall of the dugout on his way out.

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Going to Realmuto shows Marlins' desire to win now

Going to Realmuto shows Marlins' desire to win now

The commitment of the Miami Marlins to winning requires no further evidence.

But further reinforcement for that notion arrived, anyway, when the Marlins designated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment, even though they still owe him roughly $14.2 million.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton headlines Marlins' All-Star ballot

Stanton headlines Marlins' All-Star ballot

MIAMI -- Up and down the lineup, the Marlins have star power. They feature blazing speed in Dee Gordon, unparalleled power in Giancarlo Stanton and consistency from Martin Prado.

All three have already been All-Stars. It's that time once again where fans can say if they are worthy of returning to the Midsummer Classic.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morse snaps RBI drought with simple approach

Slump-busting hit comes at key moment in Marlins' victory over Mets

Morse snaps RBI drought with simple approach

MIAMI -- Winners of six of seven, the Marlins have gotten contributions from up and down their lineup. On Tuesday night, it was Michael Morse's turn.

Morse's one-out RBI single to center in the eighth scored Martin Prado from second base and lifted the Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Mets at Marlins Park.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cishek doesn't wait long for redemption save

Marlins' closer holds off Mets one night after allowing game-turning homer

Cishek doesn't wait long for redemption save

MIAMI -- Marlins closer Steve Cishek usually doesn't dwell on a bad outing. But the right-hander admitted to losing some sleep after surrendering a game-changing, three-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning on Monday.

As fate would have it, Tuesday presented a second chance for Cishek. Miami grabbed a one-run lead in the eighth inning, and this time, the 28-year-old closed out a 4-3 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morse ends slump, Cishek rebounds to hold off Mets

Morse ends slump, Cishek rebounds to hold off Mets

MIAMI -- Michael Morse, who had gone seven straight games without an RBI, ended the drought with a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, pushing the Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Mets at Marlins Park.

After the Marlins watched a three-run lead slip away in the seventh inning, they responded in the eighth off reliever Carlos Torres, who walked Martin Prado to open the inning. Prado scored on Morse's hit. Miami evened the three-game series, and beat the Mets for the first time in six meetings.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phelps makes second consecutive strong showing

Righty holds Mets to 2 runs in 6-plus frames

Phelps makes second consecutive strong showing

MIAMI -- David Phelps' second straight quality start is something to build upon, but the Marlins' right-hander is more upset that he didn't make it through the seventh inning.

Phelps helped set the tone on Tuesday night in Miami's 4-3 win over the Mets at Marlins Park. But after he yielded back-to-back hits to open the seventh, his 91-pitch effort was over.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hechavarria garners first NL Player of Week honors

Marlins shortstop hit .500 with 10 RBIs

Hechavarria garners first NL Player of Week honors

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has been named the National League Player of the Week for the first time in his career after a stellar performance last week.

Hechavarria led the NL with a .500 batting average (12-for-24), 10 RBIs and eight runs. With him leading the way, the Marlins went 5-1 in six games.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blown save can't erase Cosart's improvement

Righty follows up first win of season with eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball

Blown save can't erase Cosart's improvement

MIAMI -- At the rate outs were being recorded, Jarred Cosart didn't have much time to rest, which was perfectly fine for the Marlins' right-hander.

Cosart was masterful on Monday night, matching his career-most eight innings. He scattered two hits and walked three, and he was lined up for a victory until the tide turned in the ninth inning.

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Marlins go up late in duel, but Cishek can't close

Marlins go up late in duel, but Cishek can't close

MIAMI -- On a night that starting pitching stood out, Daniel Murphy struck for the big blow off Marlins closer Steve Cishek. Murphy blasted a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to rally the Mets to a 3-1 victory in one hour and 58 minutes, snapping Miami's winning streak at five.

"We're tired," manager Terry Collins said of a Mets team that did not land in Miami until nearly 4 a.m. ET on Monday. "Make no mistake about it, we're stinkin' beat. So when you can have that surge of energy, that's a huge pick-me-up."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.