Marlins can't back 'pen, which falters late vs. Mets

Marlins can't back 'pen, which falters late vs. Mets

MIAMI -- After repeatedly stranding runners, the Mets finally broke through with four runs in the eighth inning on Tuesday night. With two outs, Eric Campbell delivered a pinch-hit RBI single, Juan Lagares laced a two-run triple and Curtis Granderson tacked on a run-scoring double off Mike Dunn that propelled New York to a 5-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

That made it five straight wins for the Mets, allowing them to maintain a one-game lead in the National League East.

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Hand labors, but throws zeros, awaits fate

Lefty gets through four shutout frames on pitch count, is unsure of what role he'll have next

Hand labors, but throws zeros, awaits fate

MIAMI -- Each day presents a potentially different challenge for Brad Hand. On Tuesday night, the 25-year-old found himself starting for the first time since June 8.

It wasn't the easiest of assignments, as the left-hander repeatedly worked out of trouble, but still managed to toss four shutout innings in Miami's 5-1 loss to the Mets at Marlins Park.

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Transition to left keeps Dietrich's bat in lineup

Transition to left keeps Dietrich's bat in lineup

MIAMI -- Derek Dietrich can sense his opportunity to make an impression on the Marlins' organization. And he's willing to play whichever position to do so.

While the 26-year-old was Miami's 2014 Opening Day second baseman, he ended up switching to third base. More recently though, Dietrich has made a transition to left field, starting there for the ninth straight game -- as well as playing an inning of first base -- in the Marlins' 5-1 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night.

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Ellington shows off fastball, intrigues Marlins

Ellington shows off fastball, intrigues Marlins

MIAMI -- With one right-handed reliever who throws in the upper-90s sidelined for the next couple of weeks, the Marlins are getting their first look at another.

Brian Ellington -- selected from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday when Carter Capps went on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain -- made his Major League debut in Monday's 12-1 loss against the Mets, throwing a scoreless innings. He then logged 1 1/3 more, striking out one in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat.

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Marlins turn to Phelps in matchup with Harvey

Marlins turn to Phelps in matchup with Harvey

Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will try to solve his issues against the Marlins on Wednesday night when he opposes David Phelps in the series finale at Marlins Park.

In six career starts vs. the Marlins, Harvey is 1-2 with a 4.14 ERA -- the fourth-highest ERA he has against any opponent. The ace has allowed 42 hits and 17 earned runs in 37 innings against Miami -- surrendering four earned runs in three of the six starts.

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Koehler befuddled by Mets in otherwise solid season

Right-hander allows seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in Monday's loss

Koehler befuddled by Mets in otherwise solid season

MIAMI -- Tom Koehler has been a workhorse and one of the Marlins' most reliable starters. But for some reason, the 28-year-old runs into all kinds of trouble this season against the Mets.

It was more of the same on Monday night in a 12-1 loss to New York at Marlins Park. Koehler was touched up for seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Miami's most lopsided defeat of the season.

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Recovering Stanton still experiencing discomfort

No target date for slugger's return from broken left hand

Recovering Stanton still experiencing discomfort

MIAMI -- Until Giancarlo Stanton can let loose swinging the bat, the Marlins don't have a target date for when the All-Star right fielder will return.

Stanton is hitting off a tee each day, but some discomfort remains as he recovers from a broken hamate bone on his left hand. Surgery was performed on June 28, and the recommended recovery time is 4-6 weeks.

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Marlins roughed up by Mets in series opener

Marlins roughed up by Mets in series opener

MIAMI -- The Mets may have settled into their South Florida hotel around 4:30 a.m. ET on Monday, but their bats were wide awake come game time. Michael Conforto blasted a three-run homer, his first career shot, and Yoenis Cespedes added three doubles and four RBIs in a 12-1 rout over Miami at Marlins Park.

After sweeping the Nationals at Citi Field, including a 5-2 win on Sunday night, the Mets stayed hot in the series opener, providing Bartolo Colon, who allowed one run over eight innings, with plenty of run support on a night New York moved into sole possession of first in the National League East for the first time since June 19. The Mets win was coupled with the Nationals' 6-4 loss to the D-backs to break the tie atop the division, after several clubhouse veterans addressed the clubhouse pregame to warn against a letdown.

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Balky elbow sends Capps to DL

Ellington called up, makes MLB debut vs. Mets

Balky elbow sends Capps to DL

MIAMI -- The Marlins placed right-handed reliever Carter Capps on the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's contest and, in turn, selected the contract of right-hander Brian Ellington from Triple-A New Orleans.

Capps -- who exited Sunday's 5-2 win vs. the Padres at Marlins Park with right elbow stiffness after coming on in the eighth inning and throwing 13 pitches -- had an MRI on Monday morning. He called the DL stint "more precautionary," adding that his arm "feels great" and he has "full range of motion."

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Extra motivation for Fernandez facing Padres

Marlins' ace, who injured his elbow in San Diego last year, throws six scoreless innings

Extra motivation for Fernandez facing Padres

MIAMI -- Nothing personal was directed at the Padres, but Jose Fernandez took the mound on Sunday afternoon with a bit more adrenaline than usual. The 23-year-old struck out 10 over six shutout innings in Miami's 5-2 win at Marlins Park.

Fernandez didn't have to be reminded that his 2014 season abruptly ended on May 9 in a 10-1 loss at Petco Park. Afterward, it was revealed that the hard-throwing right-hander had a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery.

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Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

Marlins lose lead, win on walk-off HR in ninth

MIAMI -- After watching a two-run lead slip away on Alexi Amarista's homer in the top of the ninth, the Marlins responded with Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Hechavarria blistered a drive out to left-center off Brandon Maurer to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Padres tied it on Amarista's two-run shot off A.J. Ramos with one out. The blast to right marked Ramos' third blown save since taking over the closer's role in May, with all three coming on home runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Ozuna making strides, but staying in Minors

Marlins want to make sure outfielder sticks in Majors when he's called back up

Ozuna making strides, but staying in Minors

MIAMI -- The Marlins are struggling to score runs, and the player who was second on the team in home runs in 2014 remains in the Minor Leagues. So one of the hot topics the organization is dealing with is -- when will Marcell Ozuna be called back up?

Ozuna, who belted 23 homers and drove in 85 runs a year ago, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 5, after he was mired in a 1-for-36 rut with 14 strikeouts.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Billy the Marlin celebrated a superhero birthday

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Billy the Marlin celebrated a superhero birthday

When I was 10 years old, there were two things I loved very much: baseball and superheroes. A superhero-themed birthday party at a ballpark would've blown my dang mind. I still imagine what it would be like sometimes, late at night as I'm settling in for bed -- hanging out with all my favorite superheroes, dancing and partying on the field.

With each passing year, it grows increasingly unlikely I will ever live that dream of mine. But as of Sunday, I can do the next best thing: Live vicariously through Billy the Marlin.

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Reed embraces fresh start with Marlins

Left-hander was selected two picks after Fernandez in 2011 Draft

Reed embraces fresh start with Marlins

MIAMI -- Chris Reed and Jose Fernandez are now teammates, but back in 2011, they were selected two picks apart in the Draft. Fernandez -- the Marlins' ace -- went to Miami with the 14th pick, while Reed was chosen by the Dodgers with the 16th selection.

They certainly took different paths to the Majors, though, as Reed -- a 25-year-old lefty reliever -- made his big league debut Saturday night with Miami after coming to the Marlins in a mid-July trade. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Fernandez was much quicker, as he's been pitching in MLB since 2013 -- not that Reed feels like he's behind schedule.

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Rookies Conley, Reed make immediate impact

Called up to help taxed bullpen, hurlers each toss two scoreless innings

Rookies Conley, Reed make immediate impact

MIAMI -- With the bullpen seeking help after five relievers were used in Friday night's 11-inning loss, the Marlins were hoping Adam Conley and Chris Reed -- recalled from Triple-A New Orleans -- could provide some assistance on Saturday.

The 25-year-old lefties did just that, as each tossed two scoreless innings in the Marlins' 5-3 loss to the Padres at Marlins Park.

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Marlins can't come back for shaky Urena

Marlins can't come back for shaky Urena

MIAMI -- Odrisamer Despaigne allowed three runs in six-plus innings and closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 31st save as the Padres edged the Marlins, 5-3, on Saturday at Marlins Park.

Despaigne allowed five hits and got nine groundouts for the Padres, who have won 12 of their last 16 games.

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Cosart dealing with inner-ear disorder

Now that issue has been pinpointed, righty could return this month

Cosart dealing with inner-ear disorder

MIAMI -- After undergoing a series of medical tests, Jarred Cosart has been diagnosed with a right inner-ear disorder that has affected his balance. The 25-year-old right-hander, who opened the season in the Marlins' rotation, is seeing a specialist this week in Chicago to further evaluate his condition.

Cosart went on the disabled list in May due to vertigo, and he had a relapse during a July 17 start while he was pitching for Triple-A New Orleans.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With flurry of deals, Marlins look to future

With flurry of deals, Marlins look to future

MIAMI -- The Marlins were active on Friday prior to the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, completing two deals.

Unable to make up ground since the All-Star break, Miami decided to turn its eye toward the future, which prompted four trades overall in the past week.

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Shaky bullpen Marlins' downfall vs. Padres

Shaky bullpen Marlins' downfall vs. Padres

MIAMI -- It took a little extra work, but the Padres defeated the Marlins, 8-3, in 11 innings on Friday to win the series opener at Marlins Park and claim their sixth victory in seven games. Marlins closer A.J. Ramos walked Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded to send home the go-ahead run, and San Diego added four in the frame, giving Brandon Maurer the victory.

After a seven-inning, two-run outing by Ian Kennedy -- who was briefly removed as the starter prior to the game, as he'd planned to join his wife for the birth of their daughter -- Padres closer Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their last out protecting a one-run lead. But Derek Dietrich launched a solo homer to send the game into extra innings.

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Haren traded to Cubs for prospects

Haren traded to Cubs for prospects

MIAMI -- Dan Haren, the Marlins' most consistent starter in the first half of the season, was traded to the Cubs on Friday afternoon for two Minor Leaguers.

Haren, set to be a free agent after the season, became expendable once Miami fell out of playoff contention. So rather than retain the 34-year-old, one of the most respected players in the clubhouse, the Marlins sent him to Chicago and received shortstop Elliot Soto and right-hander Ivan Pineyro.

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Marlins acquire Telis, Ege from Rangers for Dyson

Marlins acquire Telis, Ege from Rangers for Dyson

MIAMI -- In a move just prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins sent right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Rangers in exchange for catcher Tomas Telis and Minor League left-handed reliever Cody Ege. Telis, 24, will join Miami, while Ege, 24, will be assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.

The 27-year-old Dyson was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA over 44 innings this season with the Marlins. The righty pitched three seasons in Miami after being claimed off waivers from Toronto in January 2013. Dyson's best campaign came in 2014, when he went 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 31 appearances.

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Marlins release veteran infielder Baker

In other moves, Urena called up for start; Solano reinstated

Marlins release veteran infielder Baker

MIAMI -- The Marlins released backup first baseman Jeff Baker prior to Friday's series opener against San Diego. In other roster moves, right-hander Jose Urena was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start Saturday's contest, and infielder Donovan Solano was reinstated from the paternity list.

The 34-year-old Baker was still on the 15-day disabled list as of Friday. He was on the DL retroactive to July 8 with what was originally thought to be a strained oblique, but X-rays on Tuesday revealed he has a broken rib.

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Marlins finalize 3-team deal to land prospects

Latos, Morse head to Dodgers; Braves acquire Competitive Balance pick

Marlins finalize 3-team deal to land prospects

MIAMI -- When the Marlins reshaped their roster this past offseason, making a number of high-profile additions, they anticipated being serious contenders. The last thing they thought they'd be doing is selling at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But on Thursday afternoon, after taking a 1-0 loss to the Nationals that dropped them to 18 games below .500, the Marlins finalized a three-team trade that sends right-handed starter Mat Latos, first baseman Michael Morse and cash to the Dodgers. From Los Angeles, Miami received pitching prospects Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

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Haren's lone mistake vs. Nats one too many

Haren's lone mistake vs. Nats one too many

MIAMI -- All of the Nationals' offense in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins came on one swing of the bat -- a Ryan Zimmerman home run -- and that's all Max Scherzer needed. The All-Star right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed just three singles on 109 pitches as Washington downed Miami, 1-0, at Marlins Park to take the three-game series. Nats closer Jonathan Papelbon, acquired in a deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, earned the save in his first outing with Washington.

The win was a bounce-back effort for Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA), who allowed five runs to Pittsburgh last Friday. The righty struck out six and stranded the tying run on second in each of his final two innings, posting his sixth scoreless start of the season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler, Marlins can't contain Harper, Nats

Koehler, Marlins can't contain Harper, Nats

MIAMI -- Propelled by two towering Bryce Harper home runs for his National League-leading 28th and 29th blasts of the year, the Nationals beat the Marlins, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Marlins Park to even the three-game set. Harper's first homer to right field came in the fifth inning and broke a 2-2 tie to back a strong outing from starter Doug Fister.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler took the loss in a rare rough outing at home. The righty entered having allowed just nine earned runs in 48 1/3 innings this season at Marlins Park (1.68 ERA), but Washington got to him for five earned runs on six hits in six innings.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro less than 100 hits away from 3,000

Ichiro less than 100 hits away from 3,000

MIAMI -- Let the countdown to 3,000 hits begin. With two hits on Wednesday night in the Marlins' 7-2 loss to the Nationals, Ichiro now has rung up 2,901 hits in his brilliant big league career.

Now that he's passed the 2,900-hit plateau, Ichiro could get the chance to reach one of MLB's most elite milestones sometime in 2016.

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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 and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Labrum surgery successful for Alvarez

Labrum surgery successful for Alvarez

MIAMI -- Marlins righty Henderson Alvarez -- who is out for the remainder of the season -- underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn right labrum.

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., was a debridement procedure to remove debris and damaged tissue in the shoulder joint.

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Gordon resumes catalyst role in first game off DL

Gordon resumes catalyst role in first game off DL

MIAMI -- Out of the lineup since July 11, Dee Gordon wasted little time getting back into action on Tuesday in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Gordon jumped on the first pitch Jordan Zimmermann threw and ripped a single to left in the first inning. The solid contact was reassuring since the All-Star second baseman had been on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb.

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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 and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.