Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins scored four runs in the first four innings off Max Scherzer on Friday night, then held on tight, earning a 4-3 win over the Nationals in the series opener.

Scherzer's counterpart, rookie Adam Conley, limited the Nats to three runs on six hits over five-plus innings in his fifth career start. Washington squandered its best chance to erase the deficit when it loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but managed only one run.

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Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

WASHINGTON -- On the stat sheet, A.J. Ramos was credited with the save on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. Unofficially, you can chalk up a glove save to rookie reliever Kyle Barraclough, the recipient of a fortunate bounce that helped wiggle Miami out of a jam.

Barraclough, in his ninth big league game, was put in a dubious bases-loaded, no-out spot while trying to preserve a two-run lead. He did a masterful job minimizing damage, and he ended the inning by deflecting Wilson Ramos' hot smash to second baseman Dee Gordon, who completed the out.

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No DL stint, but Yelich likely to miss rest of trip

No DL stint, but Yelich likely to miss rest of trip

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins are not anticipating placing Christian Yelich on the disabled list, but it also appears doubtful the 23-year-old left fielder will be able to play on this six-game road trip.

Yelich aggravated his bruised right knee while diving back to first base on Tuesday night and played through the injury on Wednesday before sitting out the next two games. The best guess on when he returns is after the swelling in the knee subsides.

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Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Facing Max Scherzer is not an easy task for any hitter, yet throughout the years, Martin Prado has enjoyed success against one of the top right-handers in the game.

Prado came up big again on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. The Miami third baseman connected on a two-run homer in third inning that put his team ahead to stay.

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Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

WASHINGTON -- If everything progresses in his next rehab-assignment start, Jarred Cosart could be ready to rejoin the Marlins' rotation in the middle of their next homestand.

Before making the big league step, Cosart will have one more start in the Minor Leagues, possibly on Tuesday at Class A Advanced Jupiter. However, the storm off the coast of Florida may decide if that assignment is moved elsewhere.

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Koehler looks to solve Harper, Nationals

Koehler looks to solve Harper, Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper has tormented Miami starter Tom Koehler this season, and the All-Star slugger will get a chance to pad his stats when the two meet Saturday in the second game between the Nationals and Marlins.

On May 6, Harper went 3-for-3 with three home runs and five RBIs off Koehler in a Washington win. When the two met on July 29, Harper hit one home run off Koehler (8-12, 3.98 ERA), and then a second one later in the game against a Miami reliever. So far this season, Harper is 5-for-8 with four home runs and seven RBIs in the head-to-head matchup.

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Terence Moore

Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Miami second baseman is Gold Glove candidate, hitting .333 with 45 SB

Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Since there are so many wonderful things to say about Dee Gordon, it's difficult to decide where to start.

OK, what about here? He's honest.

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Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

MIAMI -- Pirates ace Gerrit Cole made an overdue return to the win column Thursday night at Marlins Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings and picking up his 15th victory as the Bucs beat the Marlins, 2-1.

It was Cole's first win, and his longest start, since July 26. He had been 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA in August, albeit with a pair of quality starts, before holding the Marlins to one run on five hits, while striking out four.

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Ozuna boasts upward trend against Pirates

Marlins center fielder logs two hits in each game of Pirates series

Ozuna boasts upward trend against Pirates

MIAMI -- The sight of black and gold may just have been what Marcell Ozuna needed to get his bat going again.

In Miami's 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Thursday, the Marlins center fielder went 2-for-4 for his third two-hit game of the series. The righty's hot hitting in the four-game set (6-for-16) boosted his career total vs. the Pirates at Marlins Park to 10-for-27 (.370) in seven games.

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Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

Marlins manager has long been a proponent of moving in fences

Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

MIAMI -- Miami manager Dan Jennings is in favor of the Marlins Park fences being moved in, as well as lowered, in the offseason.

While team president David Samson said Wednesday that the organization is considering making the adjustments to the spacious ballpark, Jennings said prior to Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh that he is all for them.

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Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

Right-hander tosses 3 1/3 hitless innings during loss to Pirates

Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

MIAMI -- When Erik Cordier was released from the Giants on Aug. 1, the right-handed reliever chose to sign with Miami because he saw an opportunity.

"I pretty much told [manager Dan Jennings] that I'd do whatever it takes to throw, get as many innings as I can and show that I can be a reliable arm in the big leagues," he said.

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Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

Miami tied for 26th in MLB with 42 HRs at home this season

Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- On what is shaping up as a lengthy "to do" list for the Marlins in the offseason will be addressing the dimensions at spacious Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the organization is considering moving in and lowering the fences at one of Major League Baseball's toughest places to hit home runs.

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Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

MIAMI -- It had been a frustrating month for Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke. Even as Pittsburgh kept winning, Locke often struggled. He hadn't finished the sixth inning in six starts. His ERA during that stretch started with a six. But he put that behind him Wednesday night at Marlins Park, firing seven strong innings as the Pirates cruised to a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning, giving Locke plenty of room to work with. And Locke took full advantage of the early run support, getting better as the night wore on in his best start of the second half.

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Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

Injury-riddled staff has used 13 different starters this season

Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

MIAMI -- Mounting injuries have resulted in the Marlins using 13 different starting pitchers this season, which matches a franchise high. In the upcoming weeks, the club hopes to have Jose Fernandez (right biceps strain) and Jarred Cosart (vertigo) reinstated from the disabled list.

In hopes of preserving some of the young arms, manager Dan Jennings said the club is considering going with a six-man rotation in September.

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Stanton could return by next Friday

Stanton could return by next Friday

MIAMI -- A timeline has been established as to when Giancarlo Stanton may be back in the Marlins' lineup. The All-Star right fielder says he is hopeful to be back in about a week and a half, which means unofficially it could be the Sept. 4 series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Marlins reinstated left fielder Christian Yelich on Tuesday while placing right-hander Kendry Flores (right shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list. The hope is to have Stanton, Yelich and most of the regulars back for the final month of the season.

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Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

MIAMI -- Lefty Brad Hand threw a career-high eight-plus innings, silencing the Pirates' lineup and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the National League Wild Card leaders Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Hand scattered nine hits but held Pittsburgh to two runs, striking out five without walking a batter. He left the game in the ninth after serving up two singles to start the inning, which set up the Pirates to load the bases and make it a three-run game. But Marlins closer A.J. Ramos got Sean Rodriguez to fly out to center field, stranding a pair of runners to record his 22nd save.

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'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

MIAMI -- Tuesday's contest had Dee Gordon's name written all over it, and -- not by coincidence -- the Marlins earned a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. The speedy second baseman put his stamp on the game by tying a career high with four stolen bases, notching two hits and scoring two runs.

"To see him be able to grab four bags tonight was huge for us because he is the catalyst," manager Dan Jennings said. "He was our sparkplug."

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Ichiro 2nd-fastest to reach 10,000 plate appearances

Ichiro 2nd-fastest to reach 10,000 plate appearances

MIAMI -- In a season filled with milestones for Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, the 41-year-old achieved another one just by stepping into the batter's box in Tuesday's 5-2 win against the Pirates.

With his first-inning at bat -- a lineout to right field off Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton -- Ichiro made his 10,000th Major League plate appearance, becoming the second-fastest player, in terms of seasons, to reach that mark behind only Pete Rose. It took Rose 14 seasons to do so, while Ichiro is in his 15th MLB campaign.

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Prado dazzles on defense at hot corner

Third baseman helps turn slick double play in loss to Pirates

Prado dazzles on defense at hot corner

MIAMI -- Martin Prado has a knack of making the tough plays look easy. The veteran third baseman made the defensive play of the night on Monday in Miami's 5-2 loss to the Pirates at Marlins Park.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning, Prado started a sparkling double play that saved a run and a big inning. He also showed quick reflexes in the third inning, snaring a hot liner off the bat of Jordy Mercer.

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Marlins' offense comes up short against Bucs

Marlins' offense comes up short against Bucs

MIAMI -- Led by another strong start from left-hander J.A. Happ and Gregory Polanco's four-hit night, the Pirates continued their dominance against the National League East with a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Happ fired six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out six. Since his disappointing Pirates debut on Aug. 4, Happ has pitched 17 1/3 innings over three starts and permitted only one run.

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Cordier ejected after plunking Rodriguez

Marlins reliever insists there was no intent behind pitch

Cordier ejected after plunking Rodriguez

MIAMI -- Although he claims there was no intent, Marlins reliever Erik Cordier was ejected in the top of the eighth inning of Monday's 5-2 loss after hitting Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez in the hand.

Coming on in relief, Cordier hit Rodriguez -- who was leading off the inning -- with a 97-mph fastball on just his second pitch of the outing. The righty was then tossed from the game by home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg.

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Capps likely out for series against Pirates

Reliever continues recovery from right elbow strain

Capps likely out for series against Pirates

MIAMI -- With right-hander Carter Capps still not satisfied with his fastball after throwing a bullpen session off the mound on Sunday, the Miami reliever likely won't be back for the four-game Pirates series, as previously speculated.

"Right now I don't feel anything on the sliders, and the long toss has been great," Capps said prior to Monday's series opener against Pittsburgh at Marlins Park. "Still a little discomfort on the fastball once I'm off the mound -- I think just with the incline."

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Conley keeps Marlins in it, but bats stay cold

Conley keeps Marlins in it, but bats stay cold

MIAMI -- Promising Philadelphia rookie Aaron Nola threw a career-high eight scoreless innings and catcher Cameron Rupp provided a solo home run as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 2-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park to take three of four games in the series -- their first series win at Marlins Park since May 20-22, 2013. With the victory, Philadelphia moves into a tie with Miami at 50-74 at the bottom of the National League East.

The outing was the finest of Nola's young career. The Phillies' No. 2 ranked prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, struck out six, walked two and surrendered just three hits in his seventh career start. Nola (4-1, 3.59 ERA) outdueled Marlins rookie Adam Conley (1-1, 4.88 ERA), who worked a career-high six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and four walks.

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Good friends Pierre, Willis honored by Marlins

Good friends Pierre, Willis honored by Marlins

MIAMI -- Even though Dontrelle Willis couldn't be present for his recognition day on Sunday at Marlins Park, Juan Pierre -- his former teammate and still good friend who was also being recognized -- made sure the lefty was well-represented.

"Check out my Dontrelle shoes," Pierre told the media prior to Sunday afternoon's Marlins-Phillies contest, showing off his black, teal and white Nike sneakers that featured a silhouette of Willis performing his signature high leg-kick.

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Conley finishes strong in first quality start

Conley finishes strong in first quality start

MIAMI -- For Adam Conley, Sunday afternoon's outing really came down to how he finished over the way he started in Miami's 2-0 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

The rookie, aiming to work deep into games and show he can be a big league starter, was able to regroup and make it through a career-most six innings and 106 pitches, yielding just one run.

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Speedster Gordon continues to emulate Pierre

Batting champ contender has patterned his game after former leadoff man since their days with LA

Speedster Gordon continues to emulate Pierre

MIAMI -- As a prospect with the Dodgers, Dee Gordon used to pattern his game after Juan Pierre. So much so that he was granted permission to take a few minutes out of his own practice schedule to watch Pierre take batting practice in Spring Training.

Gordon has learned well, and now the All-Star second baseman has a chance to accomplish something only Pierre has done in the history of the Marlins -- pace the National League in hits.

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Marlins' bullpen falters after Nicolino's sharp start

Marlins' bullpen falters after Nicolino's sharp start

MIAMI -- The Phillies picked an opportune time to belt their first back-to-back home runs this season. With one out in the ninth inning on Saturday, Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf each connected off A.J. Ramos, lifting Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.

The Marlins held a two-run lead until two outs in the eighth inning, when the Phillies began to do their damage with solo shots. Darnell Sweeney homered off Justin Nicolino in the eighth for his first MLB hit. Philadelphia has won two of three in the four-game series, and is now one game behind Miami for last place in the National League East.

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Nicolino enjoys best start, but old foe hurts

Nicolino enjoys best start, but old foe hurts

MIAMI -- Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino made just his fifth big league start on Saturday, and first against the Phillies. But the 23-year-old is no stranger to fellow rookie Darnell Sweeney.

The two previously faced each other in three Pacific Coast League games this season, prior to the eighth inning at Marlins Park. This time, it was Sweeney who had the advantage, belting a home run that helped ignite the Phillies to a 4-2 comeback win over Miami.

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