Stanton smashes fifth homer, first at Marlins Park

Stanton smashes fifth homer, first at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- After four straight foul balls, Giancarlo Stanton capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a thunderous home run to left in the eighth inning that pretty much iced the Marlins' 8-0 victory over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

The no-doubt drive came off Rafael Martin. The pitch was logged as an 81-mph slider, and it exited the ballpark at a much faster speed.

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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.

Koehler turns in terrific start, helps Miami keep rolling

Right-hander tosses 7 1/3 scoreless innings in rout of Nationals

Koehler turns in terrific start, helps Miami keep rolling

MIAMI -- Strong starting pitching has been the constant in the Marlins' four-game winning streak. On Saturday, it was Tom Koehler's turn to set the tempo, and the right-hander did, tossing 7 1/3 innings in Miami's 8-0 victory over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

In each of the four games, the Marlins have received a quality start. The starters' collective ERA is 1.01, allowing three runs in 26 2/3 innings.

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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.

Stanton homers, Koehler sharp as Miami wins fourth straight

Stanton homers, Koehler sharp as Miami wins fourth straight

MIAMI -- Tom Koehler threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, and he kept the momentum rolling for the Marlins. Behind the right-hander's gem, Giancarlo Stanton and Adeiny Hechavarria both went yard as Miami blanked the Nationals, 8-0, at Marlins Park.

The Marlins have won four straight and pulled even with the Nats -- who have lost four straight -- and both teams now have a 7-11 record. Washington's Stephen Strasburg gave up four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in six innings. The Nationals right-hander is now 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA in eight starts 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. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Haren looks to give Miami distance, keep ball in park

Haren looks to give Miami distance, keep ball in park

MIAMI -- Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez can go home again. On Sunday afternoon, the South Florida native will pitch in front of his hometown crowd at Marlins Park.

Gonzalez will face the Marlins for the ninth time in his career. He is 6-2 with a 1.67 ERA against them. Of all the players on the Marlins' roster, Ichiro Suzuki gives Gonzalez fits, as he's gone 11-for-33 against him (.333).

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro sets record for most runs by Japanese player

Outfielder crosses home on Saturday for 1,968th tally between Japan, MLB

Ichiro sets record for most runs by Japanese player

MIAMI -- In the eighth inning of a blowout game on Saturday, Ichiro Suzuki scored run No. 7 in the Marlins' 8-0 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

For Ichiro, it was more than just an add-on run. It was a tally that established a piece of history, because it was the 1,968th run of the 41-year-old's professional career, the most ever by a Japanese player.

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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.

Facing hitters next on Fernandez's agenda

Facing hitters next on Fernandez's agenda

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's progression is reaching the point that the Marlins' ace is on the verge of facing hitters for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May 16.

Fernandez is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, and if that goes as planned, the next step is a 15-pitch batting-practice session on Thursday. That will be the first time he goes up against hitters.

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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 dealing with bulging disk in back

Outfielder confident he'll return from DL by early May

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back

MIAMI -- An MRI revealed Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has a bulging disk in his lower back. The 23-year-old is undergoing treatment, and remains confident he can be reinstated from the disabled list in early May.

Miami placed Yelich on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a low back strain, retroactive to April 20. The earliest he can be activated is May 5.

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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.

Prado delivers in the clutch to lift Marlins

Prado delivers in the clutch to lift Marlins

MIAMI -- The Marlins are looking for some timely hitting to get on track, and for the third straight game, Martin Prado has delivered. Prado's single to right in the eighth inning on Friday lifted Miami to a 3-2 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Prado followed up a four-RBI game at Philadelphia with his sixth run batted in over the past three games. His single off Aaron Barrett scored Adeiny Hechavarria, who doubled to open the inning. Miami has won a season-high three straight. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth for his first save of the season, and Miami has won a season-high three straight.

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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. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Latos provides spark on the mound, at the plate

Right-hander allows two runs over 6 1/3 innings, adds RBI single vs. Nats

Latos provides spark on the mound, at the plate

MIAMI -- What Mat Latos did on Friday night didn't go into the boxscore as a personal victory, but the right-hander matched Jordan Zimmermann on Friday night, which proved crucial in the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Nationals.

Latos, who didn't make it past the fifth inning in each of his first three starts, allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings at Marlins Park. He gave his club a chance, and in the eighth inning, Miami capitalized.

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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.

Prado providing clutch hits, big plays in the field

Veteran breaks tie with eighth-inning RBI single to lift Marlins to win

Prado providing clutch hits, big plays in the field

MIAMI -- To overcome their slow start will require a group effort. On Friday night, one of the Marlins' veteran team leaders stepped up with another timely hit.

Martin Prado slapped a soft single to right in the eighth inning off Aaron Barrett to lift Miami to a 3-2 win over the Nationals 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.

Ichiro ties Oh's Japanese runs scored record

Ichiro ties Oh's Japanese runs scored record

MIAMI -- In the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Nationals, Ichiro Suzuki sprinted home from second base on Mat Latos' single, and the 41-year-old dashed into the Japanese record books.

The run was the 1,309th of Ichiro's professional career, and it moved him into elite company. Ichiro has matched Sadaharu Oh for the most runs scored by a Japanese player.

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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.

'Nervous' Fernandez delivers address at citizenship ceremony

Marlins right-hander one of 141 to be made U.S. citizen on Friday

'Nervous' Fernandez delivers address at citizenship ceremony

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, is no stranger to the spotlight or being the center of attention. But on Friday morning, one of the top young pitchers in the game experienced butterflies speaking to an audience of a couple of hundred people.

Fernandez was the keynote speaker at his own ceremony where he became a United States citizen.

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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.

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Mike Bauman

Redmond deserves time to continue molding Marlins

Manager led team to 15-win improvement in 2014

Redmond deserves time to continue molding Marlins

MIAMI -- It is difficult to imagine the Miami Marlins firing Mike Redmond as their manager. As a matter of fact, it is difficult to imagine that this topic is even being discussed.

There have been reports to the contrary, however. Put those together with the propensity of the Marlins ownership to cut its losses in a serious hurry, and you can just barely see why this potential dismissal could be a topic under consideration. But it still doesn't make any sense.

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

Marlins put Yelich on DL with lower back strain

Left fielder eligible to return May 5; Miami recalls Bour, places Salty on paternity list

Marlins put Yelich on DL with lower back strain

MIAMI -- Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich, who sat out all three games of the series at Philadelphia with back tightness, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a lower back strain.

First baseman Justin Bour, already on the 40-man roster, was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Yelich's DL stint is retroactive to Monday, meaning he is eligible to be reinstated as early as May 5 at Washington.

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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.

Out in a flash: Stanton hits laser shot to left

Homer's exit velocity of 118.5 mph the fastest of any HR tracked by Statcast this year

Out in a flash: Stanton hits laser shot to left

PHILADELPHIA -- Dave Van Horne has seen every one of the 158 home runs Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has hit in his big league career.

"I don't know if I've ever seen one that got out as quick as that one," the team's Hall of Fame radio announcer said of Stanton's two-run drive in the sixth inning of Miami's 9-1 romp at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday afternoon. "It was in the blink of an eye. Those big, high flies he hits are fun to watch, because they're up there so long. This was a blistering shot. I hardly had time to react."

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins finish off Phillies, series win with rout

Marlins finish off Phillies, series win with rout

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins opened their three-game series Tuesday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park with manager Mike Redmond answering questions about his job. They finished it Thursday with a 9-1 victory to win the series and end a 10-game road trip with a little momentum on their side.

The Marlins took advantage of three walks and one hit batsman in the fourth inning, when they scored four runs on two-run singles by Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado. Hechavarria went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Prado went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Miami scored four again in the sixth, two on Giancarlo Stanton's line-drive homer.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado provides clutch hits, helps out hot Hechavarria

Veteran (four RBIs) adds on in four-run fourth, mentors shortstop, who goes 4-for-4

Prado provides clutch hits, helps out hot Hechavarria

PHILADELPHIA -- After a slow start, not to mention a rough trip to Citi Field that resulted in a four-game sweep, the Marlins desperately needed their veteran leadership to calm the state of affairs. As a team, the Marlins are still very young, which puts more of an impetus on players with significant Major League time.

A prime example of that has been the play of Martin Prado, who not only contributed on the field but has mentored shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a certain degree. The two played a huge part in the Marlins' 9-1 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon to salvage a 4-6 record on a 10-game road trip that went through Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia.

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

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Bernie Pleskoff

Realmuto could be Miami's long-term solution at catcher

Marlins' No. 2 prospect has improved defensively since position switch

Realmuto could be Miami's long-term solution at catcher

J.T. Realmuto may well be the new full-time catcher for the Marlins. While he made his debut with the club at the age of 23 on June 5, 2014, it was Realmuto's recent promotion to the big leagues on April 13 that could change the overall look of Miami's catching corps.

The solidly built, 6-foot-1, 205-pound catcher is No. 2 on the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects list.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phelps' seven scoreless a big boost for Marlins

Phelps' seven scoreless a big boost for Marlins

PHILADELPHIA -- With a chance to secure a series win at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, the Marlins needed a quality start from David Phelps. More to the point, with a bullpen that has struggled and an offense that has been a bit unlucky, Phelps needed to have a game in which he kept the Marlins close.

He did more than that with seven shutout innings on 95 pitches -- an indication he's stretched out after opening the year in the bullpen -- in a 9-1 win over the Phillies. In what amounted to a complete team effort, Phelps set the stage for the Marlins to finish the road trip 4-6 and to have a rested 'pen when they host the Nationals this weekend in a division showdown.

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

Birthday boy Gordon pressures Phillies into gift runs

Birthday boy Gordon pressures Phillies into gift runs

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins hadn't caught many breaks over a five-game losing streak, so on a night they desperately needed a win, the best thing to do was create their own breaks. Considering it was his 27th birthday, who better to create the very situations the team needed than Dee Gordon?

In the seventh inning of a tied game, Adeiny Hechavarria reached third and Gordon stood on first with two outs against Phillies reliever Luis Garcia. Gordon made it clear he had every intention of trying to steal second base, and his presence rattled Garcia enough to balk home the go-ahead run in Miami's 6-1 victory.

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

Marlins make most of Phillies miscues, end slide

Marlins make most of Phillies miscues, end slide

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins needed a victory in the worst way Wednesday night, so if the Phillies wanted to help them with a handful of errors in the field, they would not complain.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the seventh inning in a 6-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Errors by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and center fielder Odubel Herrera in the eighth inning led to four insurance runs.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cosart caps much-needed quality start with big K

Cosart caps much-needed quality start with big K

PHILADELPHIA -- Jarred Cosart understood the moment as well as anyone.

The Marlins' starter had recovered from an early home run to Cody Asche and had retired 14 straight before he faced Ben Revere with two outs in the sixth inning of a tied game. Revere worked the count full before he hit his second triple in as many nights to put the go-ahead run on third with Chase Utley headed to the plate.

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

Yelich sits again; status remains uncertain

Yelich sits again; status remains uncertain

PHILADELPHIA -- There was no official word needed on Christian Yelich's status for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies. The 23-year old Marlins left fielder sat at a table in the front of the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and looked over a newspaper. Down the hall in the batting cage, his teammates prepared for the game -- something Yelich would not be a part of due to a tight back.

What the next few days hold for Yelich is a mystery, and that is possibly the most frustrating part of the situation for the left fielder. Yelich, who was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game after he was scratched before a 7-3 series-opening loss to the Phillies, has no answers and admitted that while there are plenty of theories, the exact nature of the injury is up in the air.

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

Mr. Marlin, Stanton among Franchise Four vote leaders

Conine, Lowell, Sheffield won Series; Slugger one of 12 active players repping current team

Mr. Marlin, Stanton among Franchise Four vote leaders

Which four players best represent the Miami Marlins?

It's an interesting question being kicked around by Major League Baseball in Franchise Four voting, and fans will have a chance to choose which four faces best exemplify the team over its history. So far, Jeff Conine, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Lowell and Gary Sheffield sit atop Miami's Mount Rushmore.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins lose lead, drop fifth straight

Marlins lose lead, drop fifth straight

PHILADELPHIA -- Both the Phillies and Marlins entered this week's three-game series at Citizens Bank Park desperate for victories.

The Phillies struck first Tuesday night with a 7-3 victory. Ryan Howard hit a two-out, two-run home run to center field in the sixth inning to hand the Phillies a one-run lead. It was Howard's first home run of the season. He followed Freddy Galvis' two-run homer in the second and preceded Ben Revere's two-run triple in the seventh, as the Phillies scored a season-high seven runs.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

Reds' center fielder eclipses competition in analysis of recent stolen bases

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

If you're in Miami, Cincinnati or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.

Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.