Marlins reportedly close to acquiring Rodney

Padres would receive 'good A-ball prospect' for veteran closer

Marlins reportedly close to acquiring Rodney

The Marlins and Padres are getting close to a deal that would send Fernando Rodney to Miami, according to a report by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Neither club has commented on or confirmed the report.

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Samson honored Marlins chosen to play at Fort Bragg

Samson honored Marlins chosen to play at Fort Bragg

ATLANTA -- For years, the Marlins have spanned the globe to show their support for those who serve in the United States military. Since 2010, the organization has sent contingents of players, team executives and employees to troops stationed around the world.

So without hesitation, the club jumped at the opportunity to do its part once again when Major League Baseball approached it about facing the Braves on Sunday for a groundbreaking game at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

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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.

Fort Bragg trip hits home for Yelich

Marlins left fielder's younger brother is in the Marines

Fort Bragg trip hits home for Yelich

DETROIT -- Playing a game that matters on Sunday at Fort Bragg, N.C., certainly hits home for Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich. The trip carries special meaning because the 24-year-old's brother, Cameron, is in the Marines.

"For me personally, it's going to be awesome," Yelich said. "I'm really looking forward to it."

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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.

Chen looks to lead Marlins to success vs. Braves

Chen looks to lead Marlins to success vs. Braves

So much of the focus on the Fourth of July weekend series between the Marlins and Braves is directed at Sunday's historical game at Fort Bragg in North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), which will be the first game in any professional sport played on an active military base. Before then, the clubs must first take care of business with three contests at Turner Field, with the first on tap for Thursday night.

The Marlins have had a rough go against the Braves this year, dropping six of eight. They turn to left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 5.00 ERA) in the series opener. Atlanta is activating right-hander Mike Foltynewicz off the DL to make the start.

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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.

New ballpark officially named Fort Bragg Field

Marlins, Braves set to play historic game Sunday on biggest US Army base

New ballpark officially named Fort Bragg Field

A sparkling gem of a ballpark that will honor our nation's military with a visit from America's pastime this weekend has been constructed from the ground up in a few short months, and it is ready for the Fourth of July spotlight.

Fort Bragg Field was announced Thursday as the official name of the venue that will bring Major League Baseball to the nation's largest military installation of the same name, leaving a legacy for its soldiers and their families. The pristine new ballpark is down to the final touches before its debut amid a perfectly patriotic backdrop.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler not panicked after 1st-inning woes

Righty allows 4 runs in opening frame for 2nd straight start, but Tigers had to work at-bats

Koehler not panicked after 1st-inning woes

DETROIT -- The results may look the same, but Tom Koehler felt completely different on Wednesday in the Marlins' 10-3 loss to the Tigers than he did in his previous start.

What took place at Comerica Park may have mirrored on the scoreboard what happened on June 24 at Marlins Park against the Cubs. In both outings, Koehler surrendered four runs in the first inning. To the right-hander, though, that's where the similarities end.

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Marlins can't contain Tigers, fall in finale

Marlins can't contain Tigers, fall in finale

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera haunted his old squad once again with his second home run in as many days, complementing a four-run first inning as the Tigers posted a 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added back-to-back solo homers in the fifth to earn Detroit a sweep of the four-game season series. The Tigers took two games at Marlins Park to open the season, then two in Detroit to close out a 6-3 homestand. The Marlins, who came to town having taken three of four from the Cubs and nine of their past 14 overall, lost consecutive games against the same opponent for the first time since June 11-12 at Arizona.

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Conley's outing turns quickly; Marlins fall despite 16 hits

Conley's outing turns quickly; Marlins fall despite 16 hits

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera haunted his old team for a three-run homer as part of a seven-run fifth inning, lifting the Tigers out of their three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Detroit entered the fifth with a 3-0 deficit and more errors (three) than hits (two) against Miami starter Adam Conley (4-5), who struck out nine of the Tigers' first 16 batters, but gave up five consecutive baserunners from there to end his outing. Jose Iglesias' two-run homer put Detroit on the scoreboard before Ian Kinsler's double and Cameron Maybin's walk set up Cabrera for his 17th home run of the season. Nick Castellanos added a two-run homer off Nick Wittgren.

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Stanton finds groove, but offense sings Motown blues

Slugger homers, has 3 hits, but Miami misses several key chances on 16-hit night

Stanton finds groove, but offense sings Motown blues

DETROIT -- The laser shot to center was the latest example of Giancarlo Stanton's raw power, and the two singles were additional signs that the Marlins' slugger is regaining his form at the plate.

Stanton gave the Marlins a big boost early, homering and knocking in three runs, but the Tigers were able to respond in the fifth inning and rally to a 7-5 win on Tuesday at Comerica 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.

Naylor to represent Marlins in Futures Game

Miami's top Draft pick in 2015 slugs his way to Minors All-Star event

Naylor to represent Marlins in Futures Game

DETROIT -- A year after being the Marlins' first-round Draft pick, first baseman Josh Naylor will get a taste of playing in a big league park.

The 19-year-old has been selected to represent Miami on the World squad in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park on July 10. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Naylor, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, is playing for Class A Greensboro.

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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.

Dunn excited to return to Fort Bragg

Veteran reliever visited troops at the base in February 2014

Dunn excited to return to Fort Bragg

DETROIT -- Major League Baseball will break new ground on Sunday night (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) when the Marlins face the Braves at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, marking the first time any major professional sport will play a regular-season game on an active U.S. military base.

For Marlins reliever Mike Dunn, the trip promises to bring back memories, because the left-hander got into the trenches with soldiers at Fort Bragg two years ago.

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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 promote Jo-Jo; lose Clemens to SD on waivers

Marlins promote Jo-Jo; lose Clemens to SD on waivers

DETROIT -- The Marlins added some bullpen depth on Tuesday and also lost a spot starter. The club selected the contract of lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, but right-hander Paul Clemens was claimed off waivers by the Padres.

Clemens made two starts with the Marlins, including a win over the Cubs on Saturday. On Monday, Miami placed him on waivers in hopes he would clear, so he could be outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.

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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.

Fernandez, Perez proud to be U.S. citizens

Marlins' ace, Braves' coach Perez ready for Fort Bragg Game

Fernandez, Perez proud to be U.S. citizens

ATLANTA -- As Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and Braves first base coach Eddie Perez spend a portion of this upcoming weekend interacting with military personnel at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, they will feel a genuine sense of patriotism that has strengthened since they became United States citizens.

"I'm lucky," Fernandez said. "I feel part of this country. I'm willing to do whatever has to be done. It's just a pleasure. Coming from Cuba, I appreciate this so much. It's an honor to be part of this country."

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

Ozuna, Prado need All-Star boost

Cards' Molina, Giants' Posey only about 5,000 votes apart; balloting ends Thursday

Ozuna, Prado need All-Star boost

Entering the final hours of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, it seems increasingly likely that Major League Baseball's tradition of surprising late-surge selections will continue as fans decide the starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.

In the National League, there is now a virtual dead heat at catcher between to-date leader Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and surging Buster Posey of the Giants, while the Cubs' seemingly once-certain bounty of having five starters at Petco Park might be reduced to as few as two if leads keep disintegrating at this rate for infielders Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins sign veteran Guthrie

Marlins sign veteran Guthrie

The Marlins have signed veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, pending a physical, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday.

Guthrie will report to Triple-A New Orleans upon completion of the physical.

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

Jose K's 13 as Miami wins series vs. Cubs

Jose K's 13 as Miami wins series vs. Cubs

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez struck out 13 over seven innings, Martin Prado hit a three-run double and the Marlins were credited with the tie-breaking run after a review to post a 6-1 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park over the Cubs, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

"I don't think we're panicking or anything like that," Chicago starter Jason Hammel said. "It's a 162-game season. Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don't. We ran into a hot Miami club that's playing good baseball and is a totally different team from last year."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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

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Led by Fernandez, Marlins make statement

Ace strikes out 13 to cap Miami's series win over 1st-place Cubs

Led by Fernandez, Marlins make statement

MIAMI -- Nothing was going to stop Jose Fernandez in the Marlins' 6-1 statement win over the Cubs at Marlins Park on Sunday that capped a series victory against the best club in baseball.

Not even a slightly bruised right hand he suffered on a foul ball Saturday that he had to ice down.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' infield on best defensive stretch in a century

Marlins' infield on best defensive stretch in a century

MIAMI -- The Marlins defense has secured the ball well over their recent hot streak, and it made history in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

Per STATS LLC, Miami's infield has gone 26 straight games without recording an error dating back to May 30, which marks the most consecutive games without an error by an infield since 1913.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado conducts interview covered in shaving cream

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Prado conducts interview covered in shaving cream

Trying to get a good sleep this Sunday night? Had a long weekend and want to rest up for the long work week ahead? Well, you should probably stop reading this post because Martin Prado did an interview with his face covered in shaving cream and OH MY GOD NIGHTMARES FOREVER.

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Bour, Stanton post 6 RBIs to fuel comeback win

Bour, Stanton post 6 RBIs to fuel comeback win

MIAMI -- The Cubs' winning streak didn't last very long. Justin Bour smacked a two-run homer and an RBI double and Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs to power Miami to a 9-6 come-from-behind victory on Saturday at Marlins Park. Chicago lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

Chicago led, 4-1, after three innings, thanks to home runs by Miguel Montero (solo shot) and Addison Russell (three-run blast). Bour's homer in the fourth made it 4-3, and the Marlins then scored four more runs in the fifth, chasing Chicago starter John Lackey after 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramos ties club saves mark, keeps eyes ahead

Closer locks down 33rd straight opportunity, matching Cishek

Ramos ties club saves mark, keeps eyes ahead

MIAMI -- A.J. Ramos etched his name beside former teammate Steve Cishek in the franchise record books in the Marlins' 9-6 win over the Cubs on Saturday at Marlins Park.

Ramos notched his 33rd straight save dating back to last season, matching Cishek's club record set in 2013. But for Miami's closer, who's now a perfect 24-for-24 in save opportunities this year, that mark isn't really that important to him.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paddack extends hitless streak to 15 innings for Class A Greensboro

Marlins' No. 17 prospect turns in third straight hitless start for Class A Greensboro

Paddack extends hitless streak to 15 innings for Class A Greensboro

For a third straight start, Chris Paddack was unhittable.

On Saturday, Paddack, the Marlins' No. 17 prospect, fired five no-hit frames for Class A Greensboro in a 3-1 loss in 10 innings against Hickory. The right-hander fanned nine of the 16 hitters he faced and did not issue a walk, throwing 42 of his 60 pitches for strikes. The only blemishes in his performance were a pair of hit batsmen, though he erased one of them with a double play.

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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.

Marlins edged after Bour's grand slam

Marlins edged after Bour's grand slam

MIAMI -- The Cubs came out swinging, and scoring, quickly on Friday night. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered in the first inning, but it was Contreras' RBI single in the seventh that proved the difference in a 5-4 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Contreras' three-RBI night enabled the Cubs to snap their season-long four-game losing streak, along with evening their four-game series with the Marlins. Miami was limited to two hits, but one of them was Justin Bour's first-inning grand slam.

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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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bour slam highlights Miami's quick-strike offense

Bour slam highlights Miami's quick-strike offense

MIAMI -- They were down by four runs early, but the Marlins definitely were not out on Friday night. Justin Bour showed the quick-strike capability of the club with a grand slam in the first inning.

The momentum-changing swing evened the score, but Miami was unable to do much more after that in a 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Friday at Marlins 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.

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Mike Petriello

Ozuna's breakout season predicted by solid 2015 finish

Marlins slugger's 3.4 WAR tied for best in National League

Ozuna's breakout season predicted by solid 2015 finish

If Marcell Ozuna's breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn't terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we'd named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ "five-tool players."

OK, we'll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, because tenths of a point of partial-season WAR aren't really significant) for the most valuable position player in the National League. Using park-adjusted offensive stats, Ozuna's .322/.373/.578 makes him one of the dozen best hitters in the game, as effective as Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Hough discusses life as a knuckleballer

Q&A: Hough discusses life as a knuckleballer

Charlie Hough was raised with a sense of determination. His father, Dick, spent 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II before returning home and celebrating the birth of Charlie.

Maybe that's why Hough was always focused on what it would take to survive. He did, after all, spend 25 seasons in the big leagues as a knuckleball pitcher. He established himself as a closer with the Dodgers, and then -- at the age of 34 -- transitioned into a starting pitcher with the Rangers.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.