Stanton, Morse homer to back stellar Cosart

Stanton, Morse homer to back stellar Cosart

JUPITER, Fla. -- Before Wednesday's game, Marlins manager Mike Redmond claimed there is not a "bigger" three-four lineup combination than Giancarlo Stanton and Michael Morse. The two sluggers showed their clout in an 8-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Morse connected on a three-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning, and Stanton blasted a two-run shot in the second.

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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.

Crow facing Tommy John surgery

MRI reveals partial ligament tear in right elbow; will seek second opinion

Crow facing Tommy John surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins reliever Aaron Crow has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and he is considering season-ending Tommy John surgery. The tear was revealed by an MRI exam on Tuesday.

Crow, who had been in the mix for a bullpen spot, felt discomfort in his throwing elbow on Sunday after pitching an inning against the Astros a day earlier.

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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.

Blister behind him, Cosart finishes strong

After missing start, Marlins righty throws six scoreless innings in Grapefruit League finale

Blister behind him, Cosart finishes strong

JUPITER, Fla. -- A rocky Spring Training came to a promising end on Wednesday for Jarred Cosart. The Marlins right-hander made a statement with six shutout innings in an 8-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Cosart had been dealing with a blister issue, as well as inconsistent pitching mechanics.

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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.

Salty eager to enjoy much-needed rebound season

After rough transition to NL, catcher's efforts at and behind plate will be key to Marlins' hopes

Salty eager to enjoy much-needed rebound season

JUPITER, Fla. -- Turning the page is not a problem for Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After a disappointing 2014, the 29-year-old is ready for a fresh start.

The new beginning comes Monday on Opening Day. Miami, a team on the rise, is hopeful Saltalamacchia plays a pivotal role in what becomes a playoff season.

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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.

With spring ending, Redmond likes team unity, efficiency

Manager reflects on camp as Grapefruit League schedule wraps up Wednesday

With spring ending, Redmond likes team unity, efficiency

JUPITER, Fla. -- For six weeks, the Marlins used Spring Training to bond together and prepare for the regular season. On Wednesday, Miami's Grapefruit League schedule came to a close.

Manager Mike Redmond likes what he saw since camp started, but he noted a different level of adjustment is ahead when Opening Day rolls around on Monday.

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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.

Marlins lose McKirahan to Braves on waivers

Marlins lose McKirahan to Braves on waivers

JUPITER, Fla. -- Andrew McKirahan, a Rule 5 Draft pick by the Marlins at the Winter Meetings, was claimed off waivers on Wednesday by the Braves. The 25-year-old lefty reliever impressed in Spring Training, but he was caught in a numbers situation with Miami.

The Marlins placed McKirahan on waivers on Monday, and teams had until 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday to place a claim. As a Rule 5 Draft pick, McKirahan has to be on the Braves' 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Cubs, his original team.

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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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Gordon fitting in nicely with Marlins

Speedy second baseman can be catalyst for Miami's offense

Gordon fitting in nicely with Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- Dee Gordon is sitting in front of his locker after having another one of those games in which he made the Miami Marlins look really smart for adding him to the top of their lineup. He could pass for the happiest man on the planet.

"It has just been amazing," Gordon said. "I'm still trying to gather it all in."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Redmond embracing lofty expectations in Miami

Marlins manager applauds momentum gained by signing Stanton, praises new arrivals

Redmond embracing lofty expectations in Miami

JUPITER, Fla. -- Experiencing highs and lows is nothing new for Mike Redmond. The former catcher was on the 1998 Marlins team that lost a franchise-record 108 games, and five years later he was celebrating a World Series championship in Miami.

Entering his third season as the Marlins' manager, the 43-year-old is aiming to be part of another improbable turnaround.

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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.

Alvarez finishes spring strong as Marlins defeat Cardinals

Alvarez finishes spring strong as Marlins defeat Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki's two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Miami Marlins pick up a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Both team's Opening Day starters were on the mound, and each turned in strong performances. Henderson Alvarez went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, while boosting his pitch count up to 85.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. 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.

Marlins' Opening Day roster coming into focus

Marlins' Opening Day roster coming into focus

JUPITER, Fla. -- After six weeks of intense competition, the Marlins' final bench spots are now set. In the next day or two, so will the spots in the bullpen.

How the Opening Day roster will shape up is now coming into focus. On Tuesday morning, reliever Nick Masset was released, while outfielders Tyler Colvin and Cole Gillespie, along with infielder Reid Brignac, were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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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 bringing veteran intangibles to Marlins

Ichiro bringing veteran intangibles to Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- Since the start of Spring Training, Marlins manager Mike Redmond has repeatedly been asked how he plans to use Ichiro Suzuki.

We saw how on Tuesday.

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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.

Marlins' new promotion might change destiny itself

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Marlins' new promotion might change destiny itself

As the prophecies foretell, in 2015, two teams will clash in the the Series of the World. One will hail from the city of wind and the other ... 

OK, OK, we're dropping the act, because by this point you know we're talking about "Back to the Future II," right? When Marty ends up in the year 2015, the Cubs play an unnamed team from Miami in the World Series and win in a sweep. But if Miami has learned anything from the "Back to the Future" franchise, it's that you can and should use time travel to mess with history as much as you want. 

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Kelly ready to show off his versatility

Kelly ready to show off his versatility

JUPITER, Fla. -- Name a spot on the field, and Don Kelly has covered it. The 35-year-old has played all around the diamond, appearing in the big leagues at all nine positions.

Such versatility ultimately paid off for Kelly, who was informed on Tuesday that he has made the Marlins as a utility player. A non-roster invitee, Kelly secured one of the team's final bench spots.

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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.

Power play: Stanton aware of fantasy impact

Reigning NL home run leader and second-ranked player can mash with best of them

Power play: Stanton aware of fantasy impact

Giancarlo Stanton is one of Major League Baseball's freshest faces, and his at-bats are appointment viewing, especially for his fantasy team owners. A baseball, football and basketball star who grew up in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Stanton has never played in a fantasy baseball league himself, but he nonetheless appreciates how it can engage fans.

The slugger also has fun with diehards who alternately thank him and rip him for either helping or hurting their fantasy teams. MLB recently sat down with Stanton to discuss fantasy baseball and what it's like to square off against some of the sport's best.

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

Marlins seeking consistency from rotation

Club has more starter depth thanks to offseason moves, rising prospects

Marlins seeking consistency from rotation

JUPITER, Fla. -- The No. 13 isn't always unlucky. Wearing the uniform number is working out fine for Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who belted 23 home runs and drove in 85 runs last year. South Florida's most popular sports figure ever, Dan Marino, made No. 13 trendy in his legendary career with the Miami Dolphins.

To the Marlins' rotation in 2014, however, 13 was more than ideal. Due to injuries and inconsistencies, the club used 13 starting pitchers, a franchise high. The '13 Marlins, who lost 100 games, used 12 starters.

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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.

Final inning can't dampen Haren's spring spirits

Righty has solid Grapefruit League campaign despite allowing seven runs -- five in 6th -- vs. Mets

Final inning can't dampen Haren's spring spirits

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- One rough inning isn't going to spoil an otherwise solid Spring Training for Dan Haren. The 34-year-old right-hander isn't going to fret the fact he was tagged for five runs in the sixth inning on Monday in the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Mets at Tradition Field.

Haren had been sailing along until late, and he ran his pitch count up to 95.

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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.

Marlins give unconditional release to veteran Johnson

Pinch-hit specialist a free agent; Claiborne optioned to Triple-A New Orleans

Marlins give unconditional release to veteran Johnson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Reed Johnson, a veteran leader and valued pinch-hitter for the Marlins in 2014, was granted his unconditional release by the organization on Monday. The 38-year-old became a free agent a week before the regular season opens, and he immediately signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals.

The Marlins also optioned right-handed reliever Preston Claiborne to Triple-A New Orleans. The club now has 34 players in camp.

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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.

Haren hit hard, while offense quiet vs. Mets

Haren hit hard, while offense quiet vs. Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rookie Rafael Montero continued making decisions difficult for the Mets on Monday, delivering six shutout innings, while Lucas Duda drove in five runs in a 7-1 win over the Marlins at Tradition Field. With less than a week left in camp, Montero is making a late push for a rotation spot.

His efforts were enough to silence a Marlins lineup featuring most of Miami's biggest names. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna all finished hitless against Montero and the Mets, who won for the 11th time in 14 games.

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

Alvarez to start on Opening Day for Marlins

Right-hander will head to the mound April 6 vs. the Braves

Alvarez to start on Opening Day for Marlins

VIERA, Fla. -- The Marlins announced that Henderson Alvarez will be their Opening Day starter against the Braves on April 6 at Marlins Park.

With right-hander Jose Fernandez set to begin the season on the disabled list while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Alvarez has filled in as Miami's ace. Last season, he won 12 games with three shutouts, posted a 2.65 ERA and earned his first All-Star appearance. That made manager Mike Redmond's announcement prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals basically a fait accompli.

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Koehler gives up 3 homers, but arm feels good

Koehler gives up 3 homers, but arm feels good

VIERA, Fla. -- Even though the windy conditions on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium favored the hitters, Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler did not want to make any excuses.

The Marlins and Nationals combined for seven home runs in Washington's 11-7 victory on Sunday, three of which came off Koehler. Overall, he gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.

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

Q&A: Marlins broadcaster Geffner talks 2015

Commentator enthusiastic about Miami's chances this season

Q&A: Marlins broadcaster Geffner talks 2015

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins radio voice Glenn Geffner has broadcast five consecutive losing seasons. The tide appears to be turning in Miami, and the play-by-play announcer shares the organization's enthusiasm for 2015.

Geffner joined the Marlins Radio Network in 2008, and the club hasn't had a winning season since '09. Could this be the year the slide ends?

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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.

Redmond not worried about Cosart's blister

Manager may slot righty into back of rotation, depending on how his hand heals

Redmond not worried about Cosart's blister

VIERA, Fla. -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond is not concerned that a blister will prevent right-hander Jarred Cosart from being ready for the start of the season.

Cosart, who missed his last start because of a blister on his right middle finger, threw a bullpen session Sunday morning at the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla. Redmond said after the Marlins' 11-7 loss to the Nationals that the righty came through the session without any setbacks, and he would likely make his next start on Wednesday.

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

Marlins mash three homers, but Koehler stumbles

Stanton, Saltalamacchia, Ozuna go yard; righty gives up six runs in four innings

Marlins mash three homers, but Koehler stumbles

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals and Marlins found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. When it was over, it was the Nats who won the game, 11-7.

Neither starter was effective, and they came away with nearly identical lines. Washington righty Doug Fister gave up six runs on eight hits, including three homers, in four innings. He walked one and struck out two. Miami right-hander Tom Koehler was also tagged for six runs in four innings, but on 10 hits, including three homers. He struck out three against two walks.

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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.

Latos bounces back vs. Astros

Other than allowing homer, Marlins right-hander resembles his old self

Latos bounces back vs. Astros

JUPITER, Fla. -- After what took place five days ago, Saturday was a reassuring bounce-back start for Mat Latos. The Marlins right-hander was back in his comfort zone, at ease with his delivery and the results followed.

Latos gave up one run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in a 1-1 tie with the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

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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.

Marlins give preview of Opening Day lineup in tie vs. Astros

Stanton, Prado combine for lone run in first inning

Marlins give preview of Opening Day lineup in tie vs. Astros

JUPITER, Fla. -- Most of the Marlins regulars were able to get four plate appearances on Saturday, and Giancarlo Stanton delivered a single and scored a run. But Miami was unable to cash in on an eighth-inning threat in a 1-1 tie against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

Miami threatened to snap the deadlock in the eighth inning when Christian Yelich and Stanton each singled to open the inning. But lefty Kevin Chapman was able to work out of trouble.

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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.

Marlins, Redmond zeroing in on 25-man roster

Manager says depth, competition have made decisions tougher

Marlins, Redmond zeroing in on 25-man roster

JUPITER, Fla. -- Barring anything unexpected, the Marlins anticipate having their Opening Day roster set when they finish up Grapefruit League play on Wednesday.

Miami has 36 players in camp right now, and will have to get down to 25 by Opening Day on April 6 when it hosts the Braves at Marlins Park. However, there should be more clarity on who will ultimately be with the club in the next few days.

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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 compares his offseason to being in a pet shop

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Ichiro compares his offseason to being in a pet shop

As we all know, Ichiro is the greatest person on the planet. He's a fashion icon, workout futurist, and even has a book, "Baseball is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro" solely dedicated to his quotes. That's the kind of thing reserved for prime ministers and, like, "Real World" contestants. 

Naturally, Ichiro is back at it. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the outfielder said about the long wait before signing with Miami

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