Jose sets Marlins' single-season K mark

Ace passes Dempster's 2000 record with 210th strikeout

Jose sets Marlins' single-season K mark

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, in his fourth big league season, is building upon his legacy in Miami. The two-time All-Star on Wednesday night broke the club's single-season strikeout mark that had stood almost 16 years.

When Fernandez struck out Royals left fielder Alex Gordon in the sixth inning, it was his 210th of the season for a new record. Ryan Dempster held the previous mark with 209 in 2000.

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Ozuna back in lineup after family emergency

Marlins outfielder's pregnant wife became ill during Tuesday's game

Ozuna back in lineup after family emergency

MIAMI -- Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday night, a day after the All-Star center fielder was replaced in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Royals due to a family emergency.

Ozuna's wife, who is six months pregnant, was at the game on Tuesday, but she wasn't feeling well and went to the hospital. Initially, Ozuna was hopeful to stay in the game, but he quickly reconsidered to be with his wife.

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Chen throws off mound in pain-free session

Marlins lefty targeting mid-September return from elbow sprain

Chen throws off mound in pain-free session

MIAMI -- For the first time since going on the disabled list, Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw off the mound. Before batting practice on Wednesday, the 31-year-old was pain free during his 20-pitch session, in which he threw all fastballs.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly watched Chen, and repeated that the best-case scenario is the veteran pitcher returning in mid-September.

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Marlins' bats can't back Cashner in solid start

Marlins' bats can't back Cashner in solid start

MIAMI -- Lorenzo Cain's RBI single provided starter Yordano Ventura with the only run he needed as the red-hot Royals extended their winning streak to nine games with a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Kansas City remained four games back of Baltimore in the American League Wild Card chase, while Miami is still 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card standings.

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Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Tuesday.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Tuesday.

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Handful of Padres set for Miami homecoming

Cosart, Hand among group to return during weekend series

Handful of Padres set for Miami homecoming

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' upcoming weekend series in Miami doesn't just signify the start of a road trip. For a handful of players in San Diego's clubhouse, it's more like a homecoming.

Take Jarred Cosart, the starter for Game 1 of the three-game series, which begins Friday. He was acquired by the Padres just before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and he didn't have time to move out. He'll be saving room in his suitcase for some of the belongings that he had to leave behind in Miami last month.

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Cashner chasing elusive victory with Marlins

Right-hander now 0-3 with his new club despite solid outing vs. KC

Cashner chasing elusive victory with Marlins

MIAMI -- Andrew Cashner is still waiting to register his first win in a Marlins uniform, but he's getting close.

The right-hander, who was acquired in a trade with the Padres on July 29, pitched well enough to win on Tuesday night in a 1-0 loss to the World Series champion Royals, but the Marlins' offense stranded eight baserunners in the series opener at Marlins Park.

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Marlins place Dietrich on DL with knee bruise

Outfielder Arcia claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay

Marlins place Dietrich on DL with knee bruise

MIAMI -- The Marlins added another name to their growing list of injured players on Tuesday when they placed infielder Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion that he sustained during the last road trip.

The club also transferred first baseman Justin Bour (right ankle sprain) to the 60-day DL prior to the start of its three-game series against the Royals at Marlins Park.

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Hill talks key issues for Marlins' stretch run

President of baseball operations eyes path to postseason for Miami

Hill talks key issues for Marlins' stretch run

MIAMI -- It's approaching late August and the Marlins are in the thick of the postseason race. They just improved their chances by sweeping a three-game set against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and they remain 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Miami's task to reach the postseason for the first time since winning the World Series in 2003 doesn't get any easier with the red-hot Kansas City Royals visiting Marlins Park for three games starting on Tuesday.

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Yelich homers to back Urena, sweep of Bucs

Yelich homers to back Urena, sweep of Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- From spot starter to staple in the rotation. That's what the Marlins are asking of Jose Urena, and the right-hander came through with a composed six strong innings that set the tone in a 3-2 Miami win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.

Christian Yelich knocked a first-inning home run off Ryan Vogelsong, and the Marlins were able to complete a three-game sweep that puts them 1 1/2 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card race. After recording its first sweep at Pittsburgh since 2011, Miami remains 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card 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.

George Von Benko is a contributor for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Pirates on Sunday.

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Urena's start caps rotation's success vs. Bucs

Urena's start caps rotation's success vs. Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Jose Urena helped the Marlins pull off something they haven't been able to accomplish since 2011, a sweep of the Pirates at PNC Park. The right-hander limited Pittsburgh to two runs in six innings, and Miami held on for a 3-2 win on Sunday.

Starting pitching set the tone all series, and Urena was able to build upon what Tom Koehler and David Phelps were able to do on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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Giancarlo confident in return this season

Slugger sustained Grade 3 left groin strain on Aug. 13

Giancarlo confident in return this season

PITTSBURGH -- Don't rule out Giancarlo Stanton playing for the Marlins in the final week or so of the season. A week after going on the disabled list with a Grade 3 left groin strain, the three-time All-Star right fielder is expressing confidence he will return.

"He's going to be back," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "He's told me he's going to be back. He's going to help this team get into October and help us get through October."

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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.

Marlins activate Ramos, option Ellington

Reliever throws scoreless eighth, Rodney records save in win

Marlins activate Ramos, option Ellington

PITTSBURGH -- A heavily used Marlins bullpen got back one of its most dependable relievers. All-Star A.J. Ramos was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and threw a scoreless eighth inning in Miami's 3-2 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Ramos had been out since Aug. 5 with a fracture to the third finger on his right hand. To clear roster space for Ramos, who has 32 saves in 34 chances, reliever Brian Ellington was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. With rosters expanding on Sept. 1, Ellington's tenure in the Minors is not expected to last very long.

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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.

Scruggs' HR backs Phelps' gem as Marlins win set

Scruggs' HR backs Phelps' gem as Marlins win set

PITTSBURGH -- No matter the role, reliever or starter, David Phelps has delivered. The right-hander stepped up yet again on Saturday night, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in the Marlins' 3-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Backed by Xavier Scruggs' two-run homer, the first blast of his career, the Marlins claimed the first two games of the series and moved to within 1 1/2 games of the Cardinals -- and a half-game ahead of the Bucs -- in the chase for the second National League Wild Card 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.

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Pirates on Saturday.

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Phelps puts on show in front of family, friends

Cheering section of about 85 watch ex-reliever continue to thrive as starter

Phelps puts on show in front of family, friends

PITTSBURGH -- For David Phelps, Saturday night was a bit of a homecoming and a family affair for the 29-year-old right-hander.

With roughly 85 family members and friends on hand, Phelps turned in one of the finest performances of any Miami starter this season, striking out nine in six scoreless innings in a 3-1 Marlins win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

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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.

Out on Gomez, Marlins still in on Frenchy, others

Club continues to explore position player depth

Out on Gomez, Marlins still in on Frenchy, others

PITTSBURGH -- Before Carlos Gomez agreed to a Minor League deal with the Rangers on Saturday, the Marlins had interest in the veteran outfielder, who cleared waivers earlier in the afternoon.

Miami continues to explore other options, and Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur could be a possibility in a waiver deal prior to the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.

Ichiro passes Kaline with 3,008th career hit

Two-out double moves veteran into 28th all-time, sets up Scruggs' first homer

Ichiro passes Kaline with 3,008th career hit

PITTSBURGH -- Robbed of a hit in his first at-bat on Saturday night at PNC Park, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki wasn't denied his second time up. The 42-year-old lined a double to right off Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl in the fourth inning for his 3,008th career hit in Miami's 3-1 win.

The extra-base hit moved Ichiro into 28th place on the Major League all-time list, passing Al Kaline (3,007). Next on the distinguished list is Wade Boggs, who is 27th with 3,010.

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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.

Andino's hit lifts Marlins over Pirates

Andino's hit lifts Marlins over Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- In search of a spark, the Marlins found it on Friday night in a veteran who had not appeared in the big leagues since 2013. Robert Andino, recently called up from Triple-A New Orleans, made his first start in left field and came through with an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

But the comeback win for Miami wasn't secured without some drama in the bottom half of the ninth. After the Pirates loaded the bases with one out against Fernando Rodney, Andrew McCutchen bounced a ball to Martin Prado, who stepped on third and completed the game-ending double play at first.

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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.

George Von Benko is a contributor for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Pirates on Friday.

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Yelich recreates 1st HR, makes key catch in win

Outfielder makes 1st start of 2016 in CF, goes 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs

Yelich recreates 1st HR, makes key catch in win

PITTSBURGH -- Career home run No. 34 for Christian Yelich was similar to the first time the Marlins' outfielder circled the bases.

The difference from then to now was the outcome, because Yelich's liner over the wall in left field on Friday night was a big blast in Miami's 6-5 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

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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.

Marlins hoping Scruggs provides pop at first

Marlins hoping Scruggs provides pop at first

PITTSBURGH -- From within, the Marlins are hopeful they can address a dip in production at first base. On Friday, the club announced it selected the contract of Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A New Orleans.

The move had been speculated for several days, and with the series opener at Pittsburgh on Friday, Scruggs was in the lineup at first base. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.

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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.

Jose's milestone night lasts just 4 innings

Pitching on 9 days' rest, ace shows off heat, passes 200 K's in shortest start since '14

Jose's milestone night lasts just 4 innings

CINCINNATI -- Skipping a start certainly caused Jose Fernandez to be fresh on Thursday night, and that was clear against the first batter the 24-year-old faced. On his fifth pitch of the game, Fernandez hummed a fastball that Pitch/Fx clocked at 99.4 mph.

The result, however, typified the frustrating night, as Billy Hamilton singled sharply. It was that kind of game for Fernandez and the Marlins, who fell, 5-4, to the Reds in the series finale at Great American Ball Park.

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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.

Marlins fall in Cincinnati after Jose's short start

Marlins fall in Cincinnati after Jose's short start

CINCINNATI -- A well-rested Jose Fernandez was unable to slow down the Reds on Thursday night. Ramon Cabrera belted a three-run home run off the All-Star right-hander, and Dan Straily gave up two runs in six innings as Cincinnati was able to hold off the Marlins, 5-4, at Great American Ball Park.

After dropping the series opener, 6-3, on Monday night, the Reds ran off three straight wins, further damaging the Marlins' positioning in the National League Wild Card standings. Miami, which fell to 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis, is now 5-11 in August. Fernandez was tagged for five runs on seven hits in four 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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Anderson among top prospect performers Thursday

Boston's No. 5 fans career-high 11 for second straight start; Rockies' top prospect goes deep twice in big game

Anderson among top prospect performers Thursday

The strikeouts just keep on coming for Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech.

After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his last outing, Kopech matched that number in six innings with Double-A Salem on Thursday.

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Cashner improves, but Marlins need innings-eater

Righty holds Reds to one run, but lasts just five-plus frames, further taxing the 'pen

Cashner improves, but Marlins need innings-eater

CINCINNATI -- There were a number of positives for Andrew Cashner to take out of Wednesday's no-decision in the Marlins' 3-2 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The right-hander kept the ball down more effectively, spun better breaking pitches and wiggled out of some jams.

But the bottom line is Miami's rotation needs to accumulate more innings, and going five-plus was a bit disappointing to the hard-throwing right-hander.

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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.

Bullpen can't close it out for Cashner in Cincinnati

Bullpen can't close it out for Cashner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips put on a show with his glove and bat on Wednesday night. The veteran second baseman delivered the decisive two-out, two-run double off reliever Nick Wittgren in the seventh inning that rallied the Reds to a 3-2 win over the Marlins, knocking Miami two games off the pace for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Miami carried a one-run lead into the seventh inning, and Wittgren put himself in a bind by allowing a leadoff infield single to speedy pinch-hitter Billy Hamilton. With two outs and first base open, the Marlins opted to intentionally walk Joey Votto to get to Phillips, who doubled to right-center on a 3-1 fastball.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Team Japan manager visits Ichiro in Cincinnati

Team Japan manager visits Ichiro in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- A special guest greeted Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday prior to the Marlins facing the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Hiroki Kokubo, manager of the Japanese National Team, spent some time talking with the iconic 42-year-old outfielder, who recently became the 30th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.

They spoke in the Marlins' clubhouse, and Kokubo watched batting practice.

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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.

Urena finishes strong, gets another chance to start

Urena finishes strong, gets another chance to start

CINCINNATI -- A first inning that started so promising swung so swiftly on Tuesday night, and before Jose Urena could get back on track, he was tagged for five runs.

From that point, Urena was able to recover, but the Marlins were not, as the early damage set the tone in a 6-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

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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.

Marlins can't recover from 5-run 1st off Urena

Marlins can't recover from 5-run 1st off Urena

CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani worked out of a first-inning jam, regrouped and dealt a blow to his former team's standing in the National League Wild Card race. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in six innings, and Tucker Barnhart belted a grand slam in a five-run first inning that lifted the Reds to a 6-3 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Dealt by the Marlins to the Reds at the 2014 Winter Meetings, DeSclafani improved to 7-1 on the season, striking out six. Raisel Iglesias tossed two innings of relief, surrendering a home run in the eighth to Christian Yelich, which was the first extra-base hit allowed by the right-hander in 23 1/3 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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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