Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

MIAMI -- When the season started, the Marlins used Jose Urena in a long-relief role. The 25-year-old has since become a stopper of sorts, especially in recent weeks.

Urena scattered five hits over six shutout innings, and backed by a home run from Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins edged the Cubs, 2-0, on Friday night at Marlins Park. Urena has now won his last five decisions.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Friday.

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Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

Miami slugger, who won '16 HR event, belts 458-foot shot at home park -- site of this year's festivities

Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton served another reminder that he is the defending Home Run Derby champion. The three-time All-Star right fielder crushed a two-out home run off John Lackey in the third inning on Friday night in the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

The thunderous shot was vintage Stanton. Per Statcast™, it landed a projected 458 feet away, with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, and it was the third-longest home run of the season for the 27-year-old.

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Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

MIAMI -- The Marlins are getting their team leader back. Martin Prado, one of the most respected players in the clubhouse, was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday after being out about six weeks with a right hamstring strain.

In a corresponding move, infielder Christian Colon was designated for assignment.

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Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

MIAMI -- Before embarking on their professional baseball careers, the Marlins' top three picks in the 2017 Draft got a small sample of big league life on Friday at Marlins Park.

The club announced that their top three picks -- first-rounder Trevor Rogers, Competitive Balance Round A choice Brian Miller and second-rounder Joe Dunand -- finalized their contracts. They were introduced to Marlins players and were special guests at batting practice.

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Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

Former slugger on hand for news conference, where Dunand 1 of 3 Draft picks to sign

Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

MIAMI -- Alex Rodriguez achieved his big league dream, and on Friday afternoon, he made sure he was on hand to watch his nephew, Joe Dunand, take the first steps of his professional baseball career.

Drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Marlins earlier in the month, Dunand was one of three picks who signed on Friday and was introduced to the media late in the afternoon.

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Marlins ask Nicolino for more opposite Lester

Marlins ask Nicolino for more opposite Lester

Jon Lester looks to continue to pile up the strikeouts on Saturday afternoon when he takes the mound for the Cubs in the third game of a four-game series with Miami at Marlins Park. The left-hander, who enters with 1,954 career punchouts, is just three away from 500 as a Cub. Lester would be just the eighth lefty in Cubs history to reach that mark.

Lester is among the National League leaders in strikeouts with 93 this season. He has already recorded two 10-strikeout games, and in another two games, he fanned nine. The veteran is 4-4 (3.83 ERA) in 15 starts this season, including one complete game.

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Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

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Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

Prior to Friday's game with the Cubs, the Marlins activated Martin Prado from the disabled list -- where he'd been for the past six weeks with a hamstring strain. 

When it comes to Prado's role on the Marlins, well, he's definitely a "leader." Just look at this elaborate sequence of dugout handshakes he indulged in with teammates, such as Miguel Rojas and Dan Straily. 

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Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

Slugger makes a little Marlins history, accounts for lone run vs. Arrieta, Cubs

Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

MIAMI -- At the rate he's going, Marcell Ozuna is likely to eclipse his season high for home runs before the All-Star break.

Ozuna struck yet again on Thursday night, crushing a Jake Arrieta fastball over the wall in left field for his 20th homer of the season. It was an impressive drive, but not nearly enough to energize a rally, as the Marlins lost, 11-1, to the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

MIAMI -- In tinkering with a lineup now minus Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stuck with Addison Russell in the fourth spot on Thursday night. Russell cleaned up, collecting four hits, including a home run, and the shortstop was a triple shy of the cycle.

Russell, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and the Cubs rolled to an 11-1 win over the Marlins in the four-game series opener at Marlins Park.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Thursday.

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Marlins shopping shortstop Hechavarria

O's, Rays have approached Marlins about 2-time Gold Glove Award finalist

Marlins shopping shortstop Hechavarria

MIAMI -- The Marlins are actively shopping shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, with multiple teams showing interest.

According to sources, MLB.com has learned that the Rays and Orioles have already reached out in regards to Hechavarria, and an undisclosed third club entered the picture on Thursday.

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Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

MIAMI -- The Marlins welcomed one veteran reliever back Thursday, while another headed to the disabled list.

Junichi Tazawa was reinstated from the DL, and Brad Ziegler was placed on the 10-day DL with a right back strain.

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Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

MIAMI -- Max Scherzer was on the brink of joining historical pitching company, but instead, he was victimized by a two-out error that led to an agonizing loss on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

A.J. Ellis broke up Scherzer's no-hit bid with a one-out infield single in the eighth inning, and the Marlins ended up rallying for a 2-1 win over the Nationals, scoring the go-ahead run on Giancarlo Stanton's two-out RBI single to left.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

MIAMI -- Dominant. Electric. Unhittable. Max Scherzer was all those things for most of Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

But the unpredictability of baseball took over in the eighth inning, and the Marlins went from nearly being no-hit to rallying to an improbable 2-1 victory over the Nationals.

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#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

Outfielder also runs through stop sign to score run in game vs. Nats

#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

MIAMI -- Everything seems to be going Marcell Ozuna's way right now, even his risky baserunning. After racing through a stop sign at third base to score one run, the 26-year-old left fielder showcased his power in his next at-bat.

Ozuna connected on a two-run homer and scored twice, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Nationals Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

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Marlins No. 1 prospect Garrett has TJ surgery

Left-hander expected to be out 12-14 months

Marlins No. 1 prospect Garrett has TJ surgery

MIAMI -- Braxton Garrett, the Marlins' top-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out between 12-14 months.

The procedure was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill.

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Volquez struggles with control in loss to Nats

Volquez struggles with control in loss to Nats

MIAMI -- Protecting a big lead wasn't a problem for the Nationals on Tuesday night, thanks to their three primary All-Star candidates. Bryce Harper had a two-run single, Ryan Zimmerman added three RBIs and Daniel Murphy homered and drove in two in Washington's 12-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

A night after watching a six-run lead disappear in an 8-7 setback, the Nats' pitching came through, as Gio Gonzalez gave them seven strong innings, allowing three runs while striking out eight.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Nationals on Tuesday.

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Ozuna hits walk-off single to lift Marlins in 9th

Ozuna hits walk-off single to lift Marlins in 9th

MIAMI -- The Marlins erased a six-run deficit and capped an improbable 8-7 comeback victory over the Nationals on Monday on Marcell Ozuna's walk-off single in the ninth inning off Enny Romero.

In need of a strong homestand after dropping two of three at Atlanta, the Marlins took the series opener against the National League East-leading Nationals. They trailed by six after three innings. The walk-off win came on Ozuna's liner into the left-center-field gap with the bases full in the ninth. The count was 0-2 but he crushed a 97-mph fastball for the game-winning hit. It's Miami's biggest come-from-behind win since winning after being four runs down against the A's on June 14.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.

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Bour's slam caps six-run third inning

Bour's slam caps six-run third inning

MIAMI -- Facing Justin Bour with men on base is becoming a dangerous proposition for pitchers. Tanner Roark discovered that the hard way in the third inning of Monday's 8-7 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Bour blistered a two-out grand slam off Roark to cap a six-run third inning for the Marlins, after they trailed the Nationals by six runs.

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Ozuna making push on NL All-Star ballot

Ozuna making push on NL All-Star ballot

MIAMI -- Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna is having one of the best first halves of any player in franchise history, and the All-Star voters are starting to take notice.

Ozuna has moved up to the fifth spot among National League outfielders, according to the latest Esurance All-Star Game Ballot results that were released on Monday. With 871,393 votes, Ozuna is fifth, and closing in on the Cubs' Jayson Heyward for a starting spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Avila reflects on time with Marlins, '97 Series

Former Florida front-office member recalls championship run

Avila reflects on time with Marlins, '97 Series

MIAMI -- Livan Hernandez hoisting the 1997 World Series MVP Award trophy high above his head and proclaiming, "I love you Miami!" is one of the most memorable moments in Marlins' history.

Reminiscing 20 years later on the Marlins' first championship, Tigers vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila, then with the Marlins, recalls 1997 didn't start off too promising for Hernandez, then a 22-year-old who didn't make the big league club coming out of Spring Training.

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Ozuna homers, but Marlins lose on walk-off

Ozuna homers, but Marlins lose on walk-off

ATLANTA -- As the Braves play with a chip on their shoulders and prove their doubters wrong, they continue to receive timely hits from the likes of Brandon Phillips, who delivered his second walk-off hit in less than 24 hours to cap Sunday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Marlins at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta has recorded a Major League-best 11 last at-bat wins this season. These victories account for more than a third of the club's season victory total (31).

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Five-man infield causes confusion in ninth

Five-man infield causes confusion in ninth

ATLANTA -- A desperate situation called for a drastic decision, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly made it in the ninth inning on Sunday at SunTrust Park. With runners on the corners and one out, Miami went with an extra infielder in the hopes of turning a double play or having a play at the plate.

The Marlins got what they were hoping for -- Brandon Phillips chopped a seemingly routine ground ball up the middle. Instead of turning an inning-ending double play, shortstop JT Riddle and second baseman Dee Gordon hesitated, and the ball bounced into center for a walk-off single in Miami's 5-4 loss.

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Missteps push Marlins further away from .500

Missteps push Marlins further away from .500

ATLANTA -- A quick decision and an off-the-mark throw underlined a game of missed chances for the Marlins in their 8-7 loss in 10 innings to the Braves on Saturday at SunTrust Park.

The play that summed up the day came when AJ Ramos induced a comeback grounder from Ender Inciarte in the 10th. With Johan Camargo on second and one out, Miami's closer made the high-risk, high-reward throw to shortstop JT Riddle, hoping to nab Camargo.

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Straily's father leads him to big league dream

Straily's father leads him to big league dream

ATLANTA -- The talent started to blossom at an early age, and by the time Dan Straily was in high school, there were clear signs he could play at a higher level.

To Steve Straily, Dan's father, all his son needed to do was stay focused on his big league dream.

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Father's Day tribute special for Bundy, Volquez

Father's Day tribute special for Bundy, Volquez

ATLANTA -- Wearing the light-blue Father's Day cap and uniform is close to the heart for Marlins outfield/baserunning coach Lorenzo Bundy.

"It's very personal to me," Bundy said on Saturday afternoon. "My dad died of prostate cancer. It's touched home before, as far as that. Me being descendant of that, I've got to be careful and be checking on that. Any time Major League Baseball can put something out there that is trying to support and bring out the awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer, it's a good thing."

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Moore homers, but bullpen loses late lead

Moore homers, but bullpen loses late lead

ATLANTA -- Brandon Phillips fueled a ninth-inning rally against AJ Ramos, then induced further damage off the Marlins' closer with a 10th-inning walk-off single that enabled the Braves to overcome a five-run fifth inning and claim a 8-7 win Saturday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

Phillips' game-ending line-drive single to center completed a determined comeback generated by the Braves, who opened the bottom of the 10th with a single by Johan Camargo, who advanced to second base on Julio Teheran's sacrifice bunt. When Ender Inciarte followed with a comebacker, Ramos' attempt to catch Camargo too far off second base sailed into center field, giving the Braves two on with one out. Phillips then produced his seventh career game-ending RBI, first since 2013.

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