Urena targets strong finish against Rockies

Urena targets strong finish against Rockies

The Rockies and Marlins continue their three-game series Tuesday at Coors Field with both teams treating the matchup like a playoff series. The Rockies are 1 1/2 games up on the Brewers and 2 1/2 over the Cardinals for the second and final Wild Card spot in the playoffs.

Third-year pitcher Jose Urena looks to cap a breakout season in one of his final two starts Tuesday. He went from a 5-14 record with a 5.76 ERA in his first two seasons combined to a 14-6 record with a 3.55 ERA entering Tuesday's start.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Matthew Leach

Judge, Stanton in final stretch of historic years

Sluggers looking to finish homer-happy seasons strong

Judge, Stanton in final stretch of historic years

As the 2017 regular season draws to a close, we get a few more chances to see Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge try to make additional home run history. They've already written their names all over the record books, and they have six more days to add to them.

Here are a few tips as to what specifically to watch for regarding the two sluggers, thanks to Statcast™.

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton, Ozuna share NL Player of Week honor

Marlins sluggers combine for 6 homers, 20 RBIs

Stanton, Ozuna share NL Player of Week honor

Arguably the most prolific offensive outfield duo throughout the 2017 regular season continues to be recognized for its incredible achievements. Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins' 1-2 punch, were named National League co-Players of the Week on Monday.

Stanton earned the honor for the third time this season, while it was the second such award for Ozuna as the dynamic middle-of-the-lineup sluggers helped propel Miami to a 4-2 record against the Mets and D-backs over the past seven days.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rojas' 4 RBIs power Marlins past Rockies

Rojas' 4 RBIs power Marlins past Rockies

DENVER -- Miguel Rojas drove in a career-high four runs as the Marlins won, 5-4, putting a bump in the road the Rockies hope ends with a playoff berth.

Rojas had a three-run double off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood in the fourth inning, and doubled in another run off lefty Kyle Freeland in the sixth.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver who covered the Marlins on Monday.

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Marlins remember Fernandez's joy, energy

Marlins remember Fernandez's joy, energy

DENVER -- A year ago on this date, the Marlins, their fans and so many others were left heartbroken by the tragic, sudden passing of star pitcher Jose Fernandez.

The Rockies paid special tribute to Fernandez on their video scoreboard before Monday's game with a remembrance over the P.A. before announcing the night's starting lineups.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver who covered the Marlins on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill honored as top infield coach by Network

Hill honored as top infield coach by Network

PHOENIX -- As the regular season winds down, talk picks up regarding which players and managers will receive the top annual awards. But what about the other coaches?

For the most part, the staff works behind the scenes and isn't singled out. That changed the other day when MLB Network had a segment in which they honored the "Men Behind the Curtain," and Marlins infield coach Perry Hill was one of the winners.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Straily strong, but Marlins falter late vs. Arizona

Straily strong, but Marlins falter late vs. Arizona

PHOENIX -- The fans at Chase Field got to celebrate twice Sunday as the D-backs clinched a Wild Card berth during the game and then secured home-field advantage in the National League Wild Card Game with a 3-2 walk-off win over the Marlins.

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Marlins bash D-backs' plans to clinch WC

Marlins bash D-backs' plans to clinch WC

PHOENIX -- The champagne that is tucked away in the bowels of Chase Field will have to remain on ice for at least one more night.

The Marlins spoiled whatever party the home team had planned as they beat the D-backs, 12-6, on Saturday night, keeping Arizona's magic number for clinching a National League Wild Card berth at one.

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Stanton lines 57th HR, sets club RBI mark

Stanton lines 57th HR, sets club RBI mark

PHOENIX -- For two days, Giancarlo Stanton entertained the crowd at Chase Field in batting practice by crushing baseballs far over the wall. On Saturday night, the All-Star right fielder made a long ball count. 

Stanton connected on his MLB-leading 57th home run, and drove in four runs to gain sole possession of the franchise's RBI mark in the Marlins' 12-6 win over the D-backs.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 boast 2 players worthy of MVP votes

Stanton considered a front-runner, Ozuna not far behind

Marlins boast 2 players worthy of MVP votes

PHOENIX -- Giancarlo Stanton is having a record-setting season, but he's not the only Marlins outfielder worthy of National League MVP consideration. Marcell Ozuna, an All-Star who is having a career year, has the type of all-around production to at least be in the conversation.

"I like two of our guys," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I know 'G' gets a lot of attention, but Marcell has been unbelievable also."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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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Terence Moore

Ichiro has decades of play left

Ageless outfielder's routine keeps him effective

Ichiro has decades of play left

So Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until he's 50? Why not 60?

Come to think of it, given everything involved with this ageless outfielder of nearly 44 for the Marlins -- ranging from his slew of routines every day for staying in shape mentally, physically and spiritually to his mostly self-taught methods for remaining productive in Major League Baseball regardless of his role as a player -- why not 70?

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

Mattingly weighs in on NL MVP race

Mattingly weighs in on NL MVP race

PHOENIX -- Along with being the beginning of the Marlins' final road trip of the season, the series with the D-backs features two of the top National League MVP candidates.

Giancarlo Stanton is pushing toward the 60-home run benchmark and being the first Marlins player ever named NL MVP. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is a complete player, who hits for average, power and can steal bases.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 powers pair, but Marlins fall in slugfest

Ozuna powers pair, but Marlins fall in slugfest

PHOENIX -- It was definitely not a pitchers' duel at Chase Field on Friday night as Chris Iannetta smacked two home runs and drove in eight as the D-backs won a slugfest with the Marlins, 13-11, and inched closer to clinching a postseason berth.

The win lowered the D-backs' magic number for clinching a Wild Card spot to two. The D-backs will host the Wild Card Game with one more victory and one more loss by the Rockies, who beat the Padres on Friday night.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Sources: Marlins to dismiss 4 special assistants

Sources: Marlins to dismiss 4 special assistants

PHOENIX -- When the ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter takes over the Marlins, four prominent members of the organization will not be back. The organization is not retaining special assistants Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jeff Conine, according to multiple sources. The club has not confirmed.

Turnover is common when teams are sold, and MLB.com has learned that team president David Samson, who also will not be back, informed the four that they will not be part of the franchise next season. The Miami Herald first reported the changes.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Stanton matches Marlins record with 121 RBIs

Ozuna also homers twice to reach 118

Stanton matches Marlins record with 121 RBIs

PHOENIX -- Home runs aren't the only milestones Giancarlo Stanton is accumulating. The All-Star right fielder on Friday night had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, which tied Preston Wilson's franchise record of 121 that was set in 2000.

Stanton's latest team standard, however, came on a night the Marlins lost, 13-11, to the D-backs, which mathematically eliminated them from National League Wild Card contention.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Inbox: Spot for Ichiro on '18 Marlins?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from fans

Inbox: Spot for Ichiro on '18 Marlins?

Ichiro Suzuki has done everything he's been asked this year. Classy person, well-respected teammate. Is there a spot for him next year with the Marlins?
-- @fsutody

This will be an interesting decision for the prospective new ownership group of Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The Marlins have a $2 million club option on Ichiro for 2018. An iconic and immensely popular player, Ichiro will turn 44 on Oct. 22. This season, he's had the fewest at-bats of his career, by far -- just 187 -- and he's hitting .262 with a .327 on-base percentage.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Stanton launches No. 56 to pad Marlins' rout

Slugger hoping to reach 60 homers, join elite ranks, in remaining 10 games

Stanton launches No. 56 to pad Marlins' rout

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hasn't been seeing too many strikes in recent days, but when he does, the All-Star right fielder does damage.

Stanton, who walked four times on Tuesday night, delivered a two-run homer off Erik Goeddel in the eighth inning at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The blast, No. 56, punctuated the Marlins' 9-2 victory over the Mets, completing the three-game sweep.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Big flies back Urena as Marlins sweep Mets

Big flies back Urena as Marlins sweep Mets

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton delivered an awe-inspiring two-run homer in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, but it was the eight strong innings thrown by Jose Urena that set the tone in the Marlins' 9-2 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Urena held the Mets in check, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. To seal the deal, Stanton blistered a two-run homer, No. 56, off Erik Goeddel in a four-run inning.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Realmuto hits walk-off HR in wild win over Mets

Realmuto hits walk-off HR in wild win over Mets

MIAMI -- The Marlins aren't going down quietly in the National League Wild Card chase. After being an out away from elimination on Tuesday night, J.T. Realmuto delivered a walk-off home run in the 10th inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Mets carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning, but closer AJ Ramos, dealt to New York in July from Miami, allowed a leadoff home run to Justin Bour and with two outs, A.J. Ellis and Ichiro Suzuki delivered RBI singles, setting up Realmuto's heroics off Paul Sewald in the 10th.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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In big moment, Ichiro stays the same

Hitless in 4 at-bats, veteran comes through with two outs in 9th

In big moment, Ichiro stays the same

MIAMI -- To Marlins manager Don Mattingly, there is no real mystery as to why Ichiro Suzuki has had a Hall of Fame-worthy career. The 43-year-old outfielder has the ability to make the most stressful situations seem simple.

Ichiro came through yet again on Tuesday night with a two-out, RBI single in the ninth inning that extended the game to extra innings. The Marlins ended up celebrating a 5-4 walk-off win on J.T. Realmuto's home run in the 10th inning, which was made possible by Ichiro's timely at-bat.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Gordon eats ice cream in dugout in-game

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Gordon eats ice cream in dugout in-game

When you're hungry, you're hungry. And at the ballpark, there's no limit to the delectable delights available to you -- especially if you're a player.

On Tuesday, the Marlins beat the Mets, 5-4, in 10 innings. Second baseman Dee Gordon had the evening off until a pinch-hitting appearance in the ninth inning, which of course meant he had plenty of free time to hang around the Miami dugout. In the fourth inning, that free time came with a snack attack, which Gordon handled with some delicious ice cream. 

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55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture

455-foot shot puts slugger 19th on single-season list

55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture

MIAMI -- The mini home run drought for Giancarlo Stanton ended with a thunderous clout in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 13-1 rout of the Mets on Monday at Marlins Park.

Stanton blistered a slider off right-hander Matt Harvey for a three-run home run that torpedoed past the home run sculpture in center field. The All-Star right-hander added a run-scoring single on a four-RBI night, which came after he asked for a day off on Sunday at Milwaukee due to fatigue.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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 mash Mets with 7-run 5th, Stanton HR

Marlins mash Mets with 7-run 5th, Stanton HR

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton was off on Sunday to recharge his batteries. The All-Star slugger energized the lineup in his return, launching a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs in a 13-1 win on Monday night at Marlins Park. Marcell Ozuna chipped in with a solo home run -- one of his four hits -- while Dee Gordon also had four hits, including a two-run triple in a seven-run fifth inning.

"It was nice to be able to put some runs on the board and kind of keep extending it where we could get some guys some rest out there in the 'pen," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Miami's 19-hit outburst.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Peters rocked as Marlins drop 'home' finale

Peters rocked as Marlins drop 'home' finale

MILWAUKEE -- Where one rookie starter faltered, another stood strong.

Brandon Woodruff put together seven solid innings in a critical series finale as the "road" Brewers knocked off the Marlins, 10-3, at Miller Park on Sunday. The clubs played in front of 24,535 fans as a total of 68,983 watched the three-game set, which was moved to Milwaukee in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Brewers on Sunday.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Marlins on Sunday.

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Marlins treating stretch run as their playoffs

Miami ends six-game losing streak Saturday against Brewers

Marlins treating stretch run as their playoffs

MILWAUKEE -- From watching their playoff hopes fade away to watching South Florida get hit hard by Hurricane Irma, there have been few positives for the Marlins over the past few weeks.

Miami approached its three-game "home" set at Miller Park as a chance to turn things around to finish the season strong. While the Marlins are all but eliminated from playoff contention, the Brewers are still fighting with 14 games to play.

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Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Marlins on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers help Marlins feel at home in Milwaukee

Brewers help Marlins feel at home in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- The oddest thing about the start of the Marlins' home-away-from-home series at Miller Park on Friday was how normal it all was. They dressed in the visitors' clubhouse, wore their usual road uniforms and took batting practice in the second slot, typical for a road team. The statistics and results counted like they would for any other Marlins visit to the Brewers' retractable-domed home.

There wasn't a clue that something was off until just before 7:10 p.m. CT, when Dee Gordon trotted out to second base instead of striding to the batter's box.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins snap 6-game skid with early offense

Marlins snap 6-game skid with early offense

MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park sure felt like home to the Marlins on Saturday night.

The Marlins, forced to play their three-game weekend series as the "home" team in Milwaukee due to Hurricane Irma, rode a four-run first inning to a 7-4 win over the "visiting" Brewers in front of a crowd of 25,079 that nearly filled the limited capacity for the ballpark. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Marlins, who had scored three runs in their last three games.

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8-run 8th sinks 'host' Marlins as skid continues

8-run 8th sinks 'host' Marlins as skid continues

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames is back for the Brewers, just in time to impact the pennant chase. In the top of the eighth inning on Friday night, his power was contagious.

Thames homered for the third straight game, a tiebreaking solo shot that preceded Neil Walker's third career grand slam and Domingo Santana's three-run homer in an eight-run inning. Those swings sent the "visiting" Brewers to a 10-2 win over the Marlins in the opener of a series moved to Miller Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Joseph J. DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Marlins on Friday.

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