Marlins hold players-only meeting before Game 3 vs. Mets

Teammates hope to motivate each other after slow start

Marlins hold players-only meeting before Game 3 vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Off to a slow start, the Marlins on Saturday afternoon called a players-only meeting in an attempt to get on track. The players gathered for about 30 minutes prior to batting practice before facing the Mets at Citi Field.

"I think it's always good for players to talk amongst each other and motivate each other," manager Mike Redmond said. "I got my last hit in 2010, so I can't physically go out and get any more hits. It's up to the players to go out there and motivate themselves."

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Marlins claim Tracy to add pitching depth

Marlins claim Tracy to add pitching depth

NEW YORK -- The Marlins have added some Minor League pitching depth with big league experience. The club claimed lefty Matt Tracy off waivers from the Yankees, and will assign the 26-year-old to Triple-A New Orleans. To make room for Tracy on the 40-man roster, Miami transferred pitcher Jose Fernandez to 60-day disabled list.

Tracy made his MLB debut on April 11, throwing two innings of relief in the Yankees' 8-4 loss to the Red Sox. New York designated him for assignment after that game.

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Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

Slugger homers for second straight night, stresses playing consistently for nine innings

Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

NEW YORK -- The past two nights Giancarlo Stanton provided the power early, but the Marlins still are having trouble establishing any consistency.

It was more of the same on Friday night as the Mets, behind Bartolo Colon's seven strong innings, tripped up the Marlins, 4-1, in front of an energized 38,753 at Citi Field.

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Stanton homers, Marlins fall again

Stanton homers, Marlins fall again

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.

Colon scattered six hits over seven innings to become the first starter in the Majors to three wins, and for the second straight game he helped his own cause with the stick. Colon, at times comically inept at the plate, sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy when he smacked a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game in the fifth. After going nine years between RBIs, Colon drove in his second run in as many starts.

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Phelps steps up on limited pitches

Despite disagreeing with some calls, righty held Mets hitless through four

Phelps steps up on limited pitches

NEW YORK -- Before taking the mound on Friday night, David Phelps knew he was looking at a limited number of pitches before he got the hook. So the Marlins right-hander was aiming to make every one count, which increased his frustration when a couple of close calls didn't go his way.

Phelps was hurt by two walks and Bartolo Colon's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, which swung momentum in the Mets' 4-1 victory at Citi Field.

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Salty disappointed about less playing time, but supports team

Catcher wants to help Marlins win in any way possible, thinks Realmuto looks strong

Salty disappointed about less playing time, but supports team

NEW YORK -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia understandably is disappointed, but the veteran catcher makes it clear he won't let his reduced playing time become a distraction.

J.T. Realmuto, 24, made his third straight start on Friday when the Marlins faced the Mets in New York, and Miami is giving the rookie ample opportunities behind the plate.

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Stanton sets Marlins' home run record with first of '15

Right fielder's two-run shot in first inning brings his total to 155

Stanton sets Marlins' home run record with first of '15

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton now stands alone among the Marlins' all-time home run leaders.

In the first inning against the Mets on Thursday at Citi Field, the 25-year-old blasted a two-run shot, giving him 155 for his career and vaulting him past Dan Uggla for the franchise lead.

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Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

Marlins pinch-hitter tied game after call overturned following lengthy look

Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki pleaded. The Marlins challenged. Then, everyone waited … and waited.

After a review that lasted five minutes, 44 seconds on Thursday night, one of the wildest replay reviews you'll see resulted in an overturn that produced the tying run in the seventh inning for the Marlins against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Stanton sets record, but Marlins fall to Mets

Stanton sets record, but Marlins fall to Mets

NEW YORK -- Another wacky game at Citi Field produced another wild win for the Mets, who parlayed Lucas Duda's three-hit night into a 7-5 win over the Marlins. The victory was the fifth straight for the Mets, marking their longest winning streak since 2013.

Twice, the Marlins built early leads, most notably on Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting two-run homer in the first. But the Mets twice tied the game, taking the lead for good on Duda's opposite-field RBI single off left-hander Mike Dunn in the seventh.

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Prospect Realmuto could see more time behind plate

Catcher performed well vs. Braves, could energize Marlins

Prospect Realmuto could see more time behind plate

NEW YORK -- The Marlins are searching for a spark, and catching prospect J.T. Realmuto might be the answer. The 24-year-old had two hits in Wednesday's 6-2 win in Atlanta, and he was back behind the plate in the series opener on Thursday in New York against the Mets.

Manager Mike Redmond noted that Realmuto, a converted shortstop, is a talented athlete who will get a chance to play. How much may be determined by performance.

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Yelich returns to lineup after tight lower back

Left fielder cleared to play in Marlins' series opener vs. Mets

Yelich returns to lineup after tight lower back

NEW YORK -- All it took were a couple of days off in Atlanta for Christian Yelich to get back in the lineup. After missing two games, the 23-year-old left fielder found himself starting in the Marlins' series opener on Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field.

Yelich, hampered by a tight lower back, took early batting practice and was cleared to play.

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Hechavarria highlights victory on birthday, Jackie's Day

Hechavarria highlights victory on birthday, Jackie's Day

ATLANTA -- Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Dee Gordon hit a two-run double as the Marlins topped the Braves, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field on Jackie Robinson Day. Michael Morse added a solo shot, his first of the season, for the Marlins, who outscored the Braves, 14-4, over the last two games to win the series and gain a measure of revenge for Atlanta's season-opening sweep in Miami.

Eric Stults (0-1) took the loss for Atlanta, allowing four earned runs on five hits in five innings. Stults allowed a pair of runs in the third on Gordon's double, then allowed two more in the fifth on a homer by Hechavarria, who is hitting .500 career against him (6-for-12).

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Marlins, Gordon celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Second-generation ballplayer, former Dodger has special pride in wearing No. 42

Marlins, Gordon celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

ATLANTA -- The son of former Major Leaguer Tom "Flash" Gordon, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon learned at an early age the legend of Jackie Robinson. To this day, Dee honors the memory of the man who broke MLB's color barrier in 1947, and all he meant not only to baseball, but also to society.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball continued its tradition of celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, once again with all players wearing No. 42.

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Hechavarria, Morse triple Marlins' total with two blasts

Shortstop drives in three on career day; slugger launches 100th career homer

Hechavarria, Morse triple Marlins' total with two blasts

ATLANTA -- For the most part, the Marlins haven't had much to cheer about in the early going of the season. On Wednesday, they had two reasons to rejoice -- Adeiny Hechavarria's 26th birthday and Michael Morse's milestone.

Hechavarria connected on a two-run homer and Morse added a solo shot in the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field. Miami took two of three at Atlanta, claiming its first series win.

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Haren bounces back after first, shuts down Braves

Veteran starter works well with recent callup Realmuto behind plate

Haren bounces back after first, shuts down Braves

ATLANTA -- By his own admission, Dan Haren's first inning was less than ideal. The right-hander labored through 28 pitches, walked a couple and flirted with big trouble.

But before disaster struck, Haren got out of a bind, settled in and set the tone for the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field. Haren gave up two runs in seven innings, struck out five, and held Atlanta hitless for 4 2/3 innings.

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Stanton, Marlins break out, solve Braves

Stanton, Marlins break out, solve Braves

ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs and accounted for some of the damage Trevor Cahill incurred during a three-run first inning that propelled the Marlins to a 8-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Cahill, who was acquired from the D-backs on March 31, extended last year's woes as he allowed four runs and exited after issuing Marcell Ozuna a bases-loaded walk with one out in the third. Dee Gordon fueled the Marlins' offense with a pair of singles and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly that accounted for the last of the two runs Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon surrendered while completing four innings in his Major League debut.

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Shedding face guard for first time, Stanton delivers

Marlins slugger had worn special helmet for every AB this year after being hit in face last season

Shedding face guard for first time, Stanton delivers

ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton collected three hits, drove in four runs and conquered a personal hurdle on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 8-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

In his final plate appearance, Stanton accomplished a first this season. The slugger spurned his customized helmet face guard and delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning off lefty Andrew McKirahan.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Dee scatters bats on ground in slump-busting ritual

Dee scatters bats on ground in slump-busting ritual

ATLANTA -- As it turns out, all the Marlins needed to do to break out of their collective slump was to air out their bats. That's exactly what took place in the clubhouse hours before batting practice on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Willing to try anything to jump-start the offense, second baseman Dee Gordon came up with the bright idea of littering bats all over the floor. "Do Not Touch The Bats!" was written on the message board.

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Marlins confident Realmuto ready for big stage

Catching prospect to see playing time behind Salty with Mathis on disabled list

Marlins confident Realmuto ready for big stage

ATLANTA -- An unfortunate break for Jeff Mathis has accelerated the advancement of J.T. Realmuto, who takes over the Marlins' backup catcher role.

Miami's No. 2-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, Realmuto was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, and he will split time with regular Jarrod Saltalamacchia. With Atlanta going with lefty Eric Stults on Wednesday, Realmuto is expected to make his first start of the season.

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Marlins can't back Latos in rainy Atlanta

Marlins can't back Latos in rainy Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Aggressive baserunning and a couple of timely hits proved to be enough for the Braves to add to Mat Latos' early-season woes and claim a 3-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Turner Field.

After Eric Young Jr. chased Latos with a double off the center-field wall with none out in the fifth, Alberto Callaspo greeted right-handed reliever Sam Dyson with a go-ahead single. Nick Markakis followed with another RBI single off Dyson to provide some cushion for Atlanta's bullpen, which stifled Miami after Shelby Miller completed five solid innings.

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Alvarez part of Marlins trio put on disabled list

Right-hander shelved due to shoulder inflammation; Mathis, Kelly join him

Alvarez part of Marlins trio put on disabled list

ATLANTA -- The Marlins placed Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day disabled list on Monday due to right shoulder inflammation and mild elbow tightness. The club also announced catcher Jeff Mathis (fractured right hand) and infielder Don Kelly (fractured finger) will be joining Alvarez on the DL.

The three injuries occurred in what turned into literally a painful 8-5 loss on Sunday to the Rays at Marlins Park. During the game, Mathis and Kelly each fractured their right ring finger. It was revealed shortly after the game that Alvarez experienced arm discomfort.

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Capps clears up confusion on illegal pitches

Recalled reliever was elevating off mound, resulting in automatic ball calls at Triple-A

Capps clears up confusion on illegal pitches

ATLANTA -- Marlins reliever Carter Capps received some clarification from Major League Baseball regarding his unorthodox delivery, where he takes a small hop off the rubber. Basically, it was pointed out to the reliever to not elevate so high.

Capps' mechanics came into question last Thursday, when he was pitching in the ninth inning for Triple-A New Orleans. Each of Capps' first two pitches against Omaha were called illegal pitches, resulting in automatic balls.

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Hechavarria forgets to walk to first after ball four

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Hechavarria forgets to walk to first after ball four

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria took eight pitches from Braves starter Shelby Miller to lead off the top of the fifth inning of Monday's Marlins-Braves matchup. This was the eighth.

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Yelich run-saving grab ends inning; Braves keep running

Yelich run-saving grab ends inning; Braves keep running

ATLANTA -- Christian Yelich may have lost his hat on the play, but the Marlins left fielder definitely didn't lose possession of his highlight catch.

The standout defensive play saved a couple of runs, and created some confusion in the second inning in Miami's 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Monday at Turner Field.

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Rain delays mess with Latos' flow in Atlanta

Rain delays mess with Latos' flow in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Just when Mat Latos was finding consistency with his delivery, the rain messed with the flow of the game. It's one of those rough stretches for the Marlins where it seems like if it isn't one thing, it's another.

On Monday, it was the combination of the rain and pesky at-bats by the Braves that led to the latest Marlins setback, a 3-2 loss to the Braves at a soggy Turner Field.

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