Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

MIAMI -- Pirates ace Gerrit Cole made an overdue return to the win column Thursday night at Marlins Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings and picking up his 15th victory as the Bucs beat the Marlins, 2-1.

It was Cole's first win, and his longest start, since July 26. He had been 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA in August, albeit with a pair of quality starts, before holding the Marlins to one run on five hits, while striking out four.

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Yelich day to day after reaggravating knee

Fernandez, Stanton progressing well in rehab

Yelich day to day after reaggravating knee

MIAMI -- After returning from the disabled list Tuesday and starting the past two games, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is sidelined again with a bruised right knee and is considered day to day and was unavailable for Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh.

The 23-year-old was on the DL Aug. 10-25 with a right-knee contusion.

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Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

Marlins manager has long been a proponent of moving in fences

Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

MIAMI -- Miami manager Dan Jennings is in favor of the Marlins Park fences being moved in, as well as lowered, in the offseason.

While team president David Samson said Wednesday that the organization is considering making the adjustments to the spacious ballpark, Jennings said prior to Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh that he is all for them.

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Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

Right-hander tosses 3 1/3 hitless innings during loss to Pirates

Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

MIAMI -- When Erik Cordier was released from the Giants on Aug. 1, the right-handed reliever chose to sign with Miami because he saw an opportunity.

"I pretty much told [manager Dan Jennings] that I'd do whatever it takes to throw, get as many innings as I can and show that I can be a reliable arm in the big leagues," he said.

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Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

Miami tied for 26th in MLB with 42 HRs at home this season

Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- On what is shaping up as a lengthy "to do" list for the Marlins in the offseason will be addressing the dimensions at spacious Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the organization is considering moving in and lowering the fences at one of Major League Baseball's toughest places to hit home runs.

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Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

MIAMI -- It had been a frustrating month for Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke. Even as Pittsburgh kept winning, Locke often struggled. He hadn't finished the sixth inning in six starts. His ERA during that stretch started with a six. But he put that behind him Wednesday night at Marlins Park, firing seven strong innings as the Pirates cruised to a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning, giving Locke plenty of room to work with. And Locke took full advantage of the early run support, getting better as the night wore on in his best start of the second half.

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Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

Injury-riddled staff has used 13 different starters this season

Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

MIAMI -- Mounting injuries have resulted in the Marlins using 13 different starting pitchers this season, which matches a franchise high. In the upcoming weeks, the club hopes to have Jose Fernandez (right biceps strain) and Jarred Cosart (vertigo) reinstated from the disabled list.

In hopes of preserving some of the young arms, manager Dan Jennings said the club is considering going with a six-man rotation in September.

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Stanton could return by next Friday

Stanton could return by next Friday

MIAMI -- A timeline has been established as to when Giancarlo Stanton may be back in the Marlins' lineup. The All-Star right fielder says he is hopeful to be back in about a week and a half, which means unofficially it could be the Sept. 4 series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Marlins reinstated left fielder Christian Yelich on Tuesday while placing right-hander Kendry Flores (right shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list. The hope is to have Stanton, Yelich and most of the regulars back for the final month of the season.

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Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

MIAMI -- Lefty Brad Hand threw a career-high eight-plus innings, silencing the Pirates' lineup and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the National League Wild Card leaders Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Hand scattered nine hits but held Pittsburgh to two runs, striking out five without walking a batter. He left the game in the ninth after serving up two singles to start the inning, which set up the Pirates to load the bases and make it a three-run game. But Marlins closer A.J. Ramos got Sean Rodriguez to fly out to center field, stranding a pair of runners to record his 22nd save.

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'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

MIAMI -- Tuesday's contest had Dee Gordon's name written all over it, and -- not by coincidence -- the Marlins earned a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. The speedy second baseman put his stamp on the game by tying a career high with four stolen bases, notching two hits and scoring two runs.

"To see him be able to grab four bags tonight was huge for us because he is the catalyst," manager Dan Jennings said. "He was our sparkplug."

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Ichiro 2nd-fastest to reach 10,000 plate appearances

Ichiro 2nd-fastest to reach 10,000 plate appearances

MIAMI -- In a season filled with milestones for Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, the 41-year-old achieved another one just by stepping into the batter's box in Tuesday's 5-2 win against the Pirates.

With his first-inning at bat -- a lineout to right field off Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton -- Ichiro made his 10,000th Major League plate appearance, becoming the second-fastest player, in terms of seasons, to reach that mark behind only Pete Rose. It took Rose 14 seasons to do so, while Ichiro is in his 15th MLB campaign.

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Yelich returns; Jose, Cosart set for next step

Yelich returns; Jose, Cosart set for next step

MIAMI -- The Marlins lost a starting pitcher on Tuesday, but they regained an important piece of their everyday lineup.

Right-hander Kendry Flores was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis (retroactive to Aug. 22), while outfielder Christian Yelich was reinstated from the DL (right knee contusion) to start in left field against the Pirates on Tuesday night.

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Prado dazzles on defense at hot corner

Third baseman helps turn slick double play in loss to Pirates

Prado dazzles on defense at hot corner

MIAMI -- Martin Prado has a knack of making the tough plays look easy. The veteran third baseman made the defensive play of the night on Monday in Miami's 5-2 loss to the Pirates at Marlins Park.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning, Prado started a sparkling double play that saved a run and a big inning. He also showed quick reflexes in the third inning, snaring a hot liner off the bat of Jordy Mercer.

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Marlins' offense comes up short against Bucs

Marlins' offense comes up short against Bucs

MIAMI -- Led by another strong start from left-hander J.A. Happ and Gregory Polanco's four-hit night, the Pirates continued their dominance against the National League East with a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Happ fired six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out six. Since his disappointing Pirates debut on Aug. 4, Happ has pitched 17 1/3 innings over three starts and permitted only one run.

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Cordier ejected after plunking Rodriguez

Marlins reliever insists there was no intent behind pitch

Cordier ejected after plunking Rodriguez

MIAMI -- Although he claims there was no intent, Marlins reliever Erik Cordier was ejected in the top of the eighth inning of Monday's 5-2 loss after hitting Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez in the hand.

Coming on in relief, Cordier hit Rodriguez -- who was leading off the inning -- with a 97-mph fastball on just his second pitch of the outing. The righty was then tossed from the game by home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg.

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Capps likely out for series against Pirates

Reliever continues recovery from right elbow strain

Capps likely out for series against Pirates

MIAMI -- With right-hander Carter Capps still not satisfied with his fastball after throwing a bullpen session off the mound on Sunday, the Miami reliever likely won't be back for the four-game Pirates series, as previously speculated.

"Right now I don't feel anything on the sliders, and the long toss has been great," Capps said prior to Monday's series opener against Pittsburgh at Marlins Park. "Still a little discomfort on the fastball once I'm off the mound -- I think just with the incline."

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Conley keeps Marlins in it, but bats stay cold

Conley keeps Marlins in it, but bats stay cold

MIAMI -- Promising Philadelphia rookie Aaron Nola threw a career-high eight scoreless innings and catcher Cameron Rupp provided a solo home run as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 2-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park to take three of four games in the series -- their first series win at Marlins Park since May 20-22, 2013. With the victory, Philadelphia moves into a tie with Miami at 50-74 at the bottom of the National League East.

The outing was the finest of Nola's young career. The Phillies' No. 2 ranked prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, struck out six, walked two and surrendered just three hits in his seventh career start. Nola (4-1, 3.59 ERA) outdueled Marlins rookie Adam Conley (1-1, 4.88 ERA), who worked a career-high six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and four walks.

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Good friends Pierre, Willis honored by Marlins

Good friends Pierre, Willis honored by Marlins

MIAMI -- Even though Dontrelle Willis couldn't be present for his recognition day on Sunday at Marlins Park, Juan Pierre -- his former teammate and still good friend who was also being recognized -- made sure the lefty was well-represented.

"Check out my Dontrelle shoes," Pierre told the media prior to Sunday afternoon's Marlins-Phillies contest, showing off his black, teal and white Nike sneakers that featured a silhouette of Willis performing his signature high leg-kick.

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Conley finishes strong in first quality start

Conley finishes strong in first quality start

MIAMI -- For Adam Conley, Sunday afternoon's outing really came down to how he finished over the way he started in Miami's 2-0 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

The rookie, aiming to work deep into games and show he can be a big league starter, was able to regroup and make it through a career-most six innings and 106 pitches, yielding just one run.

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Speedster Gordon continues to emulate Pierre

Batting champ contender has patterned his game after former leadoff man since their days with LA

Speedster Gordon continues to emulate Pierre

MIAMI -- As a prospect with the Dodgers, Dee Gordon used to pattern his game after Juan Pierre. So much so that he was granted permission to take a few minutes out of his own practice schedule to watch Pierre take batting practice in Spring Training.

Gordon has learned well, and now the All-Star second baseman has a chance to accomplish something only Pierre has done in the history of the Marlins -- pace the National League in hits.

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Cosart has no lingering effects of vertigo

Righty goes four scoreless for Gulf Coast League Marlins; Jupiter rehab start likely up next

Cosart has no lingering effects of vertigo

JUPITER, Fla. -- The final month of the season will be like starting over for Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart. If Saturday is a preview of what's to come, the 25-year-old should be as good as new when he rejoins the big league club.

On the Minor League disabled list with vertigo, Cosart threw four shutout innings over 44 pitches in the Gulf Coast League Marlins' 8-2 win over the Cardinals' affiliate at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

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Marlins' bullpen falters after Nicolino's sharp start

Marlins' bullpen falters after Nicolino's sharp start

MIAMI -- The Phillies picked an opportune time to belt their first back-to-back home runs this season. With one out in the ninth inning on Saturday, Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf each connected off A.J. Ramos, lifting Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.

The Marlins held a two-run lead until two outs in the eighth inning, when the Phillies began to do their damage with solo shots. Darnell Sweeney homered off Justin Nicolino in the eighth for his first MLB hit. Philadelphia has won two of three in the four-game series, and is now one game behind Miami for last place in the National League East.

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Nicolino enjoys best start, but old foe hurts

Nicolino enjoys best start, but old foe hurts

MIAMI -- Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino made just his fifth big league start on Saturday, and first against the Phillies. But the 23-year-old is no stranger to fellow rookie Darnell Sweeney.

The two previously faced each other in three Pacific Coast League games this season, prior to the eighth inning at Marlins Park. This time, it was Sweeney who had the advantage, belting a home run that helped ignite the Phillies to a 4-2 comeback win over Miami.

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Jose part of Marlins' Ice Bucket Challenge

Jose part of Marlins' Ice Bucket Challenge

MIAMI -- Being cold as ice never felt so refreshing and rewarding for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 23-year-old, along with Fox Sports Florida TV announcer Rich Waltz, took part in the return of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday.

To raise awareness in the battle against ALS, each MLB club in August will host its own challenge, and then issue a challenge to another franchise. The Marlins fulfilled their obligation on Saturday, and issued their own challenge to the Orioles.

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Dietrich homers, but Flores has tough first start

Dietrich homers, but Flores has tough first start

MIAMI -- Jerad Eickhoff's Major League debut was an eventful and successful one. The right-hander, acquired from the Rangers as part of the Cole Hamels deal, threw six shutout innings and drove in two runs with a single in the Phillies' 7-1 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.

Eickhoff, rated the Phillies' No. 15 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, scattered five hits and struck out five. He also capped a four-run fourth inning by delivering a two-out, two-run single off Kendry Flores.

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Being up in zone catches up to Flores in first start

Being up in zone catches up to Flores in first start

MIAMI -- The future certainly looks bright for Marlins prospect Kendry Flores, but the rookie's first big league start ended up being a rough one.

The 23-year-old struggled with his command and gave up five runs in five innings on Friday night in Miami's 7-1 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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Ozuna hits long HR off top of left-field foul pole

Ozuna hits long HR off top of left-field foul pole

MIAMI -- Finally, Marcell Ozuna was able to circle the bases with a home run at Marlins Park. And this time there was no dispute, and the towering drive had concrete evidence that it counted.

Ozuna launched a two-run homer that bounced off the top of the 90-foot high left-field foul pole in the second inning of the Marlins' 9-7 win over the Phillies on Thursday. It was the center fielder's sixth homer of the season, and first at home.

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Marlins strike early to push past Phillies

Marlins strike early to push past Phillies

MIAMI -- The Marlins struck early with a pair of two-run homers from Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna, and then held on late to beat the Phillies, 9-7, on Thursday at Marlins Park.

Miami's Brad Hand was in trouble in the first inning, loading the bases with one out. But he allowed just a sacrifice fly to Darin Ruf, and minimized the damage. The lefty, who threw 97 pitches, allowed one run on four hits in six innings. Hand had plenty of support as Miami sent nine to the plate and scored four runs in each of the first two innings.

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Gordon makes spectacular diving play on Ruiz

Gordon makes spectacular diving play on Ruiz

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon is going for more than a batting title. The Marlins' All-Star second baseman also is making a serious case for the Gold Glove.

Gordon certainly helped his chances in the seventh inning on Thursday with a full-extension diving stop to take a single away from Carlos Ruiz in Miami's 9-7 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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