Yelich, Realmuto homer but Koehler struggles in loss

Yelich, Realmuto homer but Koehler struggles in loss

NEW YORK -- For most of the season's second half, the Mets' trademark starting pitching has flagged and, in some cases, faltered. Matt Harvey is done for the season. Steven Matz may be, as well. Jacob deGrom recently skipped a start due to poor performance. Noah Syndergaard, for a large swath of midsummer, was pedestrian.

But the Mets have patched things together to the chagrin of the Marlins and every other National League Wild Card contender. Seth Lugo continued to author his surprise success story on Tuesday, holding the Marlins to two runs in six innings of a 7-4 Mets victory at Citi Field.

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Cleaning up, Yelich homers in first at-bat

Cleaning up, Yelich homers in first at-bat

NEW YORK -- The status quo hadn't been working, so manager Don Mattingly decided to shake things up with the top of the Marlins' order on Tuesday. Martin Prado batted third, and Christian Yelich moved into the cleanup spot for the first time in his career.

The change produced immediate results as Prado doubled and Yelich belted a two-run homer in the first inning. But from there, it was pretty much more of the same, as the Marlins struggled again to score runs, and the Mets claimed a 7-4 win at Citi Field.

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Conley could return from DL in three weeks

Lefty began throwing program after being cleared by specialist

Conley could return from DL in three weeks

NEW YORK -- After seeing a specialist in New York on Monday, Adam Conley was cleared to start his throwing program. On Tuesday in Miami, the Marlins' left-hander played catch for the first time since he went on the disabled list with a bruised hand on Aug. 14.

If Conley progresses on schedule, he could be ready to return in about three weeks, or around the Sept. 19-21 series against the Nationals at Marlins Park.

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Phelps eyes bounce-back outing vs. Mets

Phelps eyes bounce-back outing vs. Mets

The Mets have been scrambling for starting pitching as they try to hunt down the teams ahead of them in the National League postseason race, but on Wednesday at Citi Field, they'll have the unexpected rock of their rotation on the mound.

Bartolo Colon makes his team-high 27th start in the third game of a key four-game NL East series against the Marlins, with the two teams neck-and-neck in the Wild Card standings. As they play their final game of August, New York and Miami trail the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot.

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Marlins lose lead in 8th before falling in extras

Marlins lose lead in 8th before falling in extras

NEW YORK -- The National League Wild Card race is a tangled knot five teams deep, each of them enduring their share of issues. It's all the Mets can do these days, for example, to put a healthy team on the field. And no one embodies all that more than Yoenis Cespedes.

Battling through what has become a chronic leg injury, Cespedes hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning Monday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Marlins that also evened the two teams in the Wild Card standings. Both clubs still trail the Giants, Cardinals and Pirates, each sitting 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.

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Ichiro passes Boggs on all-time hits list

Ichiro passes Boggs on all-time hits list

NEW YORK -- A couple of hits in Monday's 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Mets moved Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki up MLB's all-time hits list. Ichiro had a single and double at Citi Field, giving him 3,011 in his career to pass Wade Boggs for 27th place all time.

After matching Boggs at 3,010 with a single in the fourth inning, Ichiro doubled to right-center off reliever Addison Reed with two outs in the eighth. He would come around to score the game's first run on Xavier Scruggs' RBI double.

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Stanton does light drills after seeing specialist

Stanton does light drills after seeing specialist

NEW YORK -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was examined by a specialist on Monday, and later in the day he did some light running and agility drills before his team took batting practice at Citi Field.

Stanton has been doing some light jogging for a couple of days, which is an encouraging first step in his rehabilitation. The slugger is striving to return later this year, and the club insists his timetable remains, at best, the final week of the season. Stanton sustained a Grade 3 left groin strain on Aug. 13 and went on the disabled list the next day. He started light jogging on Saturday during warmups at Marlins Park.

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Wittgren regrets 'one bad pitch' to Cespedes

Wittgren regrets 'one bad pitch' to Cespedes

NEW YORK -- The intent was to jam a fastball inside enough to back Yoenis Cespedes off the plate. But Nick Wittgren missed his spot, the pitch ran over the plate and the result was a walk-off home run in the 10th inning that lifted the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Monday at Citi Field.

"You're trying to make pitches, you're trying to execute, and he's the guy you don't want to let beat you over there," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "That's our mistake for not getting the ball where we wanted it."

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Mattingly enjoying taut stretch run with Marlins

Mattingly enjoying taut stretch run with Marlins

NEW YORK -- Don Mattingly's first season in Miami is coming down to crunch time, and the Marlins' manager is looking forward to it.

During the final month, Mattingly will find out whether the fruits of all his labor -- the heart-to-heart talks and hard-fought games -- are going to result in a trip to the postseason.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins recall righty Brice, option lefty Nicolino

Marlins recall righty Brice, option lefty Nicolino

NEW YORK -- One of the expected September callups for the Marlins has joined the team a couple of days early. Right-hander Austin Brice was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, and lefty Justin Nicolino was optioned to the Zephyrs.

The move isn't surprising, because Nicolino was brought up as a spot starter to face the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park. The 24-year-old was filling in for Andrew Cashner, who was scratched due to a blister.

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Nicolino solid in return but Marlins drop finale

Nicolino solid in return but Marlins drop finale

MIAMI -- Double plays, as they say, are a pitcher's best friend. Luis Perdomo racked them up in record-setting fashion on Sunday, inducing six of them, in the Padres' 3-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Perdomo, who logged his first career complete game, repeatedly got into trouble, only to work out of it, courtesy of double plays. The Marlins hit into a franchise-record six double plays, five grounded into, and one on a line-drive comebacker. The five grounded into double plays also matches a franchise record done five times in the Marlins' history, with the most recent being July 1, 2015, against the Giants.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Marlins may need to get creative to score runs

Offense hits into club-record six double plays in Sunday's loss

Marlins may need to get creative to score runs

MIAMI -- No matter how high or low the Marlins have been, manager Don Mattingly has remained level-headed. He has aimed to maintain continuity with the lineup and batting order, but after Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Padres at Marlins Park, he noted some subtle changes may be needed.

The Marlins were completely flabbergasted by Luis Perdomo in their series finale, hitting into a franchise-record six double plays. Miami is the first team since the Rays against the D-backs on Aug. 7, 2013, to hit into six DPs in a nine-inning game.

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Cashner expected back in rotation later in week

Righty scratched from Sunday start with blister-related issue

Cashner expected back in rotation later in week

MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Andrew Cashner, scratched from facing the Padres on Sunday due to a blister-related issue, is expected to return to the rotation later in the week.

Manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday morning that Cashner is lined up for Friday at Cleveland, though there is a chance he could possibly start at some point earlier. The plan at this point, however, is to keep the entire rotation on schedule.

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Dietrich begins rehab assignment, eyeing Saturday return

Giancarlo does light running on Saturday but timetable remains same

Dietrich begins rehab assignment, eyeing Saturday return

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton has begun doing some light jogging and is easing into some throwing and swinging drills, but the Marlins insist there is no change in the timetable of a possible return for the three-time All-Star right fielder.

The club has a more optimistic outlook for Derek Dietrich, who began his rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville on Friday. The anticipation is the left-handed-hitting infielder will be reinstated when he is first eligible, which is Saturday at Cleveland.

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Urena fans 6 but bats quiet in loss to Padres

Urena fans 6 but bats quiet in loss to Padres

MIAMI -- One swing from Ryan Schimpf -- a solo home run to right -- and seven shutout innings from Clayton Richard were enough for the Padres to hold off the Marlins, 1-0, on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

The Padres bounced back after allowing a four-run, late-inning lead disappear on Friday night in a 7-6 loss. Brad Hand, tagged for three runs on Friday, recorded three huge outs after inheriting a runner on first in the eighth inning. San Diego's win evened the series. Kevin Quackenbush recorded his first save of the season, and Miami was blanked 1-0 for the third time this month.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Marlins squander early chances vs. Richard

Marlins squander early chances vs. Richard

MIAMI -- Runs have been hard to come by for the Marlins all month, and Saturday was another day the offense dried up at the most inopportune times.

On a night the lineup tallied nine hits and left eight on base, Miami was blanked, 1-0, by the Padres at Marlins Park. The difference was Ryan Schimpf's two-out home run in the fourth inning off Jose Urena.

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Mattingly going with hot hands in lineup

Mattingly going with hot hands in lineup

MIAMI -- Everyday lineups and pitching roles are subject to change for the Marlins during their stretch run. With each game having postseason implications, manager Don Mattingly is open to shuffling playing time around based on matchups and fatigue.

The closer role, for now, will be handled by Fernando Rodney, with A.J. Ramos sliding into a setup spot. A number of position players are also being impacted, like shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and first baseman Xavier Scruggs.

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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.

Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

MIAMI -- For most of Friday night, the Marlins didn't have much bounce in their step. But after a frantic rally, they celebrated a 7-6 walk-off win on Chris Johnson's ground-rule double in the ninth inning.

Johnson's second career walk-off moment capped a four-run, late-inning comeback, and prevented the Marlins from losing ground in the National League Wild Card standings. It was Miami's third walk-off win of the season.

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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.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Friday.

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Newcomer Francoeur gets latest party started

Newcomer Francoeur gets latest party started

MIAMI -- When he was dealt to the Marlins from the Braves on Wednesday night, Jeff Francoeur knew he was joining a team in the postseason race. It wasn't until Friday that the veteran outfielder realized he was also joining the party.

Francoeur scored from second on Chris Johnson's walk-off ground-rule double in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 7-6 win over the Padres at Marlins Park. It didn't take long for the 32-year-old to see celebrations are a bit different in Miami.

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Ichiro does the arrow with Rodney

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Ichiro does the arrow with Rodney

Ichiro is known for his at-bat routine. Deep squats in the on-deck circle leads into the arm-extended, sleeve-pull as he prepares to hit. 

Fernando Rodney is known for his postgame routine, when he leans back and gets into his arrow posture. 

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World Baseball Classic coming to Marlins Park

World Baseball Classic coming to Marlins Park

MIAMI -- Marlins Park will be on the international stage once again in 2017 with the return of the World Baseball Classic. The 36,000-seat retractable-roof stadium will host first-round games next March 9-13.

Miami has been part of each World Baseball Classic, and the 2017 event will mark the second time it is at Marlins Park, with the first in '13.

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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.

Koehler solid over 6 but miscues cost Marlins

Koehler solid over 6 but miscues cost Marlins

MIAMI -- The blazing speed of Jarrod Dyson is obvious, but it was the center fielder's leaping ability that took a possible home run away from Christian Yelich in the first inning on Thursday that served as a reminder the Royals can beat you in so many ways.

Dyson's catch, coupled with Alcides Escobar's home run, double and two runs scored provided the lift the Royals needed to defeat the Marlins, 5-2, and claim two of three 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.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Royals on Thursday.

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Veteran Francoeur excited to join postseason push

Veteran Francoeur excited to join postseason push

MIAMI -- All smiles entering the clubhouse on Thursday afternoon, Jeff Francoeur was warmly embraced by the Marlins. The 32-year-old outfielder is ready and eager for the opportunity to do his part in Miami's postseason push.

The Marlins acquired Francoeur from the Braves on Wednesday night as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Rangers. Miami designated outfielder Oswaldo Arcia for assignment as the corresponding roster move.

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Second-half surge continues for Koehler in loss

Second-half surge continues for Koehler in loss

MIAMI -- Tom Koehler continues to make the argument that he has been the Marlins' most consistent starter in the second half. The right-hander was effective once again on Thursday night, but a struggling offense and spotty defense played a factor in Miami's 5-2 loss to the Royals at Marlins Park.

From the first inning, when Kansas City's defense came up big twice, the Marlins were never able to settle into a rhythm. Koehler battled through six innings, but Miami couldn't take advantage of another quality start.

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Jose shows way as Marlins cool red-hot Royals

Jose shows way as Marlins cool red-hot Royals

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins' 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami's single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez's 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

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Marlins Park will host 2017 World Baseball Classic games

San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, announced as other North American sites

Marlins Park will host 2017 World Baseball Classic games

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced on Thursday, with host cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodger Stadium will host the WBC semifinals and final, which will take place on March 20-22, 2017. It will be the second time the Dodgers' ballpark plays host to the tournament's final rounds, the first having been in 2009.

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Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

Veteran outfielder provides right-handed bat with Stanton on DL; Minors C Foley sent to Braves

Marlins acquire Francoeur in 3-team trade

MIAMI -- The Marlins didn't necessarily find a replacement for Giancarlo Stanton, but the club on Wednesday night acquired a veteran who presents a right-handed-hitting threat in Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade that also included the Rangers.

Miami announced the deal shortly after a 3-0 win over Kansas City at Marlins Park. The Rangers sent Minor League shortstop Dylan Moore to the Braves, while Texas also received three international signing slots, one from Atlanta and two from Miami.

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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.

Jose sets Marlins' single-season K mark

Ace breaks Dempster's 2000 record with 210th strikeout, reaches 213 before exiting after 7 IP

Jose sets Marlins' single-season K mark

MIAMI -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, in his fourth big league season, is building upon his legacy in Miami. The two-time All-Star on Wednesday night broke the club's single-season strikeout mark that had stood almost 16 years in a 3-0 win over the Royals.

Fernandez, who struck out nine, became Miami's all-time single-season strikeout leader with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster's 209 in 2000. The record-breaker came against Alex Gordon, who went down swinging on an 85-mph curveball in the sixth.

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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.