Marlins' offense looking for answers

Marlins' offense looking for answers

MIAMI -- When Justin Bour sliced a lead-off single to left-center to open the fifth inning on Saturday night, it appeared the Marlins' could be in business. Ivan Nova had other ideas, setting down the next three in order.

It was all Nova this night. The Marlins weren't able to manage much of anything off the right-hander, collecting just three hits and having only three baserunners in a 4-0 loss to the Pirates at Marlins Park.

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

Bats silenced in shutout loss to Nova, Pirates

Bats silenced in shutout loss to Nova, Pirates

MIAMI -- The Marlins got to see from Ivan Nova what the 30-year-old does with pretty much everybody. The right-hander pounds the strike zone, and it was more of the same on Saturday night in the Pirates' 4-0 victory at Marlins Park.

Nova went the distance, scattering three hits while striking out seven and walking none. This season, Nova has issued just one base on balls in 36 innings.

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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.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Saturday.

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Top prospect Garrett to debut for Greensboro

Top prospect Garrett to debut for Greensboro

MIAMI -- Braxton Garrett, the Marlins' No. 1-ranked prospect, is expected to make his debut for Class A Greensboro sometime next week during the Grasshoppers' homestand.

The seventh overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Garrett is a left-hander from Florence, Ala. The 19-year-old is ranked as Miami's top prospect, and 39th overall on Pipeline's Top 100.

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

Koehler set to take on Pirates in series finale

Koehler set to take on Pirates in series finale

Marlins workhorse Tom Koehler takes the mound on Sunday afternoon in the series finale with the Pirates at Marlins Park. The right-hander has finished in Miami's top two for innings pitched in each of the last four seasons.

"He hangs in there and keeps himself in the game long enough to get a W," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Koehler's last start, a win at San Diego.

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

Urena shows resolve in minimizing damage

At some point in season, reliever may become starter

Urena shows resolve in minimizing damage

MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Jose Urena is making the most of a difficult situation. A starter throughout his Minor League career, and still a potential starter in the big leagues, the 25-year-old is waiting patiently in the bullpen for long-relief opportunities.

One came quickly in the second inning on Friday in Miami's 12-2 loss to the Pirates at Marlins Park. On a night Adam Conley lasted just 1 2/3 innings, Urena picked up 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, and helping preserve the bullpen.

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

Conley falters in short outing as Marlins fall

Conley falters in short outing as Marlins fall

MIAMI -- An eight-run onslaught in the second inning, highlighted by Francisco Cervelli's three-run triple, gave Jameson Taillon plenty of run support, while leading to a quick exit for Adam Conley. The Pirates broke things open early and never looked back in a 12-2 rout of Miami on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Jordy Mercer set the tone with a home run in the first inning, and Cervelli collected a single and two-out triple in the second inning alone, when Pittsburgh scored all eight of its runs with two outs. Gift Ngoepe, making his first big league start, had two singles, a walk and a triple.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Friday.

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Conine, Perez named All-Star ambassadors

Conine, Perez named All-Star ambassadors

MIAMI -- Two of the most respected and recognizable faces of baseball in South Florida will be front and center during All-Star festivities in July.

Marlins special assistants to the president Jeff Conine and Tony Perez on Friday were named MLB All-Star Ambassadors for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for July 11 at Marlins Park.

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

Holloway spins five strong for Greensboro

Holloway spins five strong for Greensboro

Francisco Mejia has already piled up plenty of hits for Double-A Akron this season, but it wasn't until Friday night that the Indians' No. 2 prospect entered the home run column, connecting on a solo shot in the ninth inning of the RubberDucks' 6-1 win over Bowie. Mejia, ranked 36th on MLBPipeline.com's list of the Top 100 Prospects, collected three hits in a game for the first time this season, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of singles in addition to the home run.

The 20-year-old catcher, who had his season-opening 13-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, is batting .355/.391/.548 through 20 games this season in his first Double-A exposure.

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

Soft stuff has Marlins' hitters fishing

Soft stuff has Marlins' hitters fishing

PHILADELPHIA -- New season, same struggles for the Marlins against change-of-speed specialist Jeremy Hellickson.

The veteran right-hander kept Miami's hitters off-stride yet again on Thursday afternoon, and Philadelphia held on for a 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

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

Marlins drop second straight to Phillies

Marlins drop second straight to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson adeptly worked out of a pair of two-baserunner jams in consecutive innings Thursday, as the Phillies earned a 3-2 win and a rain-shortened two-game sweep of the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, extending their winning streak to six.

Weak contact, a trademark of the soft-throwing Hellickson, kept the Marlins off balance and his pitches off their barrels in key situations. Of his 94 pitches, Hellickson threw 35 changeups, his most of any pitch on the day, marking the third straight start he's thrown the pitch at least 35 percent of the time.

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Locke nearing rehab assignment

Locke nearing rehab assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- When Jeff Locke opened the season on the disabled list, the Marlins anticipated the left-hander would miss all of April and be ready sometime in May.

Everything is proceeding on schedule, with Locke progressing and already throwing in simulated games at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. At some point in the near future, the anticipation is he will be ready for a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Jupiter.

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

Felo Ramirez in stable condition after fall

Felo Ramirez in stable condition after fall

PHILADELPHIA -- Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, the Marlins' Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio voice, is in stable condition after falling while coming off the bus at the team's hotel following Wednesday's 7-4 loss at Philadelphia.

The Spanish "Voice of the Marlins" since their 1993 inaugural season, Ramirez is being held at the hospital for observation, according to the Marlins. His injuries will not require surgery.

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

Aug. 22 DH set to make up MIA-PHI rainout

Aug. 22 DH set to make up MIA-PHI rainout

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins and Phillies will make up Tuesday's rainout with a doubleheader on Aug. 22 at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies announced the date on Thursday, following their 3-2 win over the Marlins to cap the rain-shortened two-game set.

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

Mattingly won't hesitate to go to relief corps

Mattingly won't hesitate to go to relief corps

PHILADELPHIA -- Wei-Yin Chen ran his hitless-innings streak to eight, and scoreless stretch to nine innings before Maikel Franco's grand slam in the third inning swung momentum in the Marlins' 7-4 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Fresh off his strong start at Seattle, Chen's outing was over after five innings and 83 pitches. The Marlins are being careful with their starters, and the series opener with the Phillies was another example of manager Don Mattingly not hesitating to go to his bullpen.

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

Prado homers, but Marlins fall to Phils

Prado homers, but Marlins fall to Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Slowly, Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez seems to be getting there.

He allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday night in a 7-4 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. It is the Phillies' fifth victory in a row, matching their longest winning streak since a six-game run from April 26 to May 1 of last season. They improved to 10-9 and are above .500 for the first time since winning on Opening Day.

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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.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Prospect Peters out 6 to 8 weeks

Lefty could work his way into Marlins' rotation by end of season

Prospect Peters out 6 to 8 weeks

PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins prospect Dillon Peters underwent surgery recently to repair multiple fractures in his left thumb, and the 24-year-old is on "no-throw status" for six to eight weeks.

While pitching for Double-A Jacksonville, Peters fractured the thumb on his throwing hand after being struck by a comebacker on April 17. He had surgery on Friday, and there were no complications.

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

Stanton unbending about his approach

Stanton unbending about his approach

PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton is becoming increasingly stubborn with his approach at the plate, and that's a good thing for the Marlins' three-time All-Star right fielder.

The results are telling the story, as Stanton is riding a four-game hitting streak, batting .529 (9-for-17) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

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

Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins

Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins

PHILADELPHIA -- Wheels reportedly are in motion for the Marlins to accept an offer from a prospective ownership group headed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Yankees great Derek Jeter.

The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has an agreement in principle to sell the club to the Bush/Jeter group for $1.3 billion. The story added that the sides are optimistic the deal could be finalized over the next couple of months. The club has not confirmed or made a formal comment addressing the report.

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

Marlins push rotation back a day after rainout

Marlins push rotation back a day after rainout

PHILADELPHIA -- Tuesday's rainout will not prompt the Marlins to scramble their rotation. Wei-Yin Chen, initially set to start the series opener, will instead start on Wednesday and Edinson Volquez will close out the series on Thursday.

The Marlins and Phillies were washed out on Tuesday, Miami's first rainout of the season. No makeup date has been set.

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

'Shift' to top-tier defense paying off for Marlins

'Shift' to top-tier defense paying off for Marlins

PHILADELPHIA -- Playing the percentages is paying off for the Marlins, as an already sure-handed group of infielders is shifting more than ever and converting more outs with minimal mistakes.

A year after ranking near the bottom in total number of infield shifts, the Marlins are now among the most active teams when it comes to repositioning their infielders. The results are evident, as if not for one questionable error last week at Seattle, they would be heading into Philadelphia on Tuesday night trying to establish a Major League-record errorless streak.

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

Marlins, MLB commit $5M to All-Star Legacy

Marlins, MLB commit $5M to All-Star Legacy

MIAMI -- The Marlins and Major League Baseball announced Monday they are contributing more than $5 million to the 2017 All-Star Legacy program to assist baseball-related initiatives in Greater Miami and nationally.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the All-Star Legacy program aims at assisting the development of youth baseball and softball fields, Boys & Girls Club teen centers, an airport military hospitality lounge and a mobile eye unit.

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

Marlins surge past Padres with 6-run 6th

Marlins surge past Padres with 6-run 6th

SAN DIEGO -- Stifled through five innings, the Marlins offense came alive quickly during a six-run sixth inning that sent Miami to a 7-3 series-clinching victory over the Padres on Sunday.

Each of Miami's first six hitters reached base in the fateful frame, and each of them came around to score -- the final three on Justin Bour's no-doubter into the right-field seats. Padres reliever Craig Stammen left a changeup over the heart of the plate, and Bour crushed it -- 403 feet with a 111 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Sunday.

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Koehler's quality start lets Marlins come back

Koehler's quality start lets Marlins come back

SAN DIEGO -- Marlins starter Tom Koehler didn't have his "A" game Sunday. And with Padres clogging the bases in the fifth inning, the odds were long Koehler would see the sixth.

But as quickly as Koehler could say "Prado to Gordon to Bour," he had new life in what ended up a 7-3 victory.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton homers twice as Marlins win in 11

Stanton homers twice as Marlins win in 11

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins plated two runs in the 11th inning on Dee Gordon's "little-league home run" and two more on Giancarlo Stanton's big league home run en route to a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. In the process, they made certain Dan Straily's career night wouldn't go to waste.

With one on in the 11th, Gordon hit a slow roller in front of the mound, which Padres reliever Jose Torres promptly threw into the right-field corner. Hunter Renfroe couldn't dig the ball out, and the Marlins speedster came all the way around to score on an infield single and a pair of Padres errors. More >>

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

Straily's slider helps produce 14 strikeouts

Straily's slider helps produce 14 strikeouts

SAN DIEGO -- Dan Straily let the Padres see firsthand what they had. And what they let slip away.

Straily, who was once Padres' property, was sensational in his fourth Marlins start on Saturday night.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dee Gordon hit a 40-foot Little League HR

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Dee Gordon hit a 40-foot Little League HR

When games reach extra innings, it can sometimes feel like no team will ever score a run again. That certainly seemed the case in the Marlins' 6-3 victory against the Padres, as the teams headed into the 11th inning tied at 2. At that point, no runner had crossed the plate since the sixth inning -- thanks in part to Martin Prado's 10th-inning, game-saving dive

Runs, like life, find a way, though. Dee Gordon proved that. With Justin Bour on first base in the top of the 11th, Gordon grounded the ball a few feet in front of home plate. With his speed, that's always dangerous. 

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Marlins' outfielders flexing their muscles

Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna showing off their big-time power

Marlins' outfielders flexing their muscles

SAN DIEGO -- They didn't call him, "Donny Longball," but Miami's manager still knows about going deep. And what Don Mattingly has seen in the season's first month has him thinking.

"The ball seems to be traveling again this year,'' said Mattingly, who hit 222 homers in his 14-year career. "Balls were going out opposite field in Seattle like nothing. I have been there before and it doesn't travel like that.''

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Riddle homers again for Baby Cakes

Riddle homers again for Baby Cakes

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.