Nicolino struggles, as Marlins can't solve Leiter

Nicolino struggles, as Marlins can't solve Leiter

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins' offense finally met its match on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter dazzled over seven innings, allowing just one hit and two walks in an 8-0 victory over Miami. Leiter carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Miguel Rojas hit a leadoff double into the left-field corner. Statcast™ had the hit probability for Rojas' two-bagger at just four percent, which was no solace to Leiter. But he impressed nonetheless, especially after the Marlins had a combined 27 hits, 19 runs and six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies on Tuesday.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Marlins on Wednesday.

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What you need to know for Players Weekend

What you need to know for Players Weekend

As the pennant races heat up near the end of the dog days of summer, the inaugural Players Weekend commences on Friday, connecting fans with players for a celebration of creativity and individuality.

Here's everything you need to know about the festivities in a handy FAQ format.

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Versatile Despaigne to get start vs. Padres

Right-hander throws 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's loss

Versatile Despaigne to get start vs. Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- During Wednesday night's 8-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Odrisamer Despaigne gave the Marlins a taste of what they can expect this weekend, as he's slated for his second start of the season against the Padres.

Despaigne entered in the third inning for a struggling Justin Nicolino, who allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, and quieted the Phillies' bats. He threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Marlins on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ziegler mystery solved for Players Weekend

Marlins reliever honors existence of 'Unicorn' during event from Friday-Sunday

Ziegler mystery solved for Players Weekend

MIAMI -- A unicorn, legend has it, is a mythical animal most commonly represented as a horse with a single, straight horn protruding from its forehead.

So, what does a unicorn have to do with Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler? Basically, nothing but then again, everything because the 37-year-old right-hander with a submarine-style delivery will sport "Unicorn" on the back of his jersey during MLB's Players Weekend from Friday-Sunday.

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'Vanimal' starts as Marlins eye series victory

'Vanimal' starts as Marlins eye series victory

Vance Worley will make his fifth career start against the Phillies, the club he debuted with after they drafted him in the third round of the 2008 Draft, in Thursday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies also drafted him out of high school in 2005, but Worley (aka "Vanimal" for Players Weekend) chose to attend Long Beach State University.

"Back when I was here, they were drawing very well," Worley said of his time in Philadelphia from 2010-12, which coincided with the club's most recent years of contending for the postseason. "It made it fun to go out there knowing there was 40-50,000 people out there screaming their lungs out and the adrenaline rush. And the teammates I've had were unbelievable. They were all guys that before I got drafted I was watching, and next thing I know I'm mixing in with that rotation."

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Marlins sweep twin bill vs. Phils, return to .500

Marlins sweep twin bill vs. Phils, return to .500

PHILADELPHIA -- Bordering on four months since they last held a .500 record in late April, the Marlins have once again pulled even in the win and loss columns after beating the Phillies, 7-4, at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The win, which gave the Marlins a doubleheader sweep against the Phillies, puts Miami 5 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the second National League Wild Card spot. Jose Urena notched his 12th win of the season with five innings of three-run ball.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Ichi-go! Vet outblasts Stanton in win over Phils

Ichi-go! Vet outblasts Stanton in win over Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki and Giancarlo Stanton provided a potent 1-2 punch Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Guess whose homer in the seventh inning of the 12-8 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader traveled farther? Suzuki's pinch-hit, three-run home run to right-center field against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola traveled a projected 432 feet, according to Statcast™. It gave the Marlins a three-run lead. Stanton followed two batters later with a solo homer to right field to make it a four-run lead, driving Nola from the game. Stanton's homer traveled 346 feet. It was his 46th of the season.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Bold bats will fit in nicely on Players Weekend

MLB stars having fun customizing their Louisville Sluggers

Bold bats will fit in nicely on Players Weekend

It has been 133 years since a phenom named Pete Browning broke his bat in a game and received a custom-made replacement from John Hillerich's woodworking shop in Louisville, Ky. Legend has it that Browning, the "Louisville Slugger," had three hits the next day.

This weekend, the art of customizing Louisville Slugger bats will be taken to its most vivid extreme. Major League Baseball's inaugural Players Weekend will allow players to show off their personality and passion in exceptional ways in all games from this Friday through Sunday, and that will include loud lumber in rainbow hues and emblazoned with names of their choosing.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Adam Berry, Joe Frisaro and Mark Sheldon also contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton sets club record with 13 HRs in month

Stanton sets club record with 13 HRs in month

PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton's new batting stance is toppling records while keeping the Marlins' slugger upright, balanced and on the attack.

Stanton's 46th homer of the season came in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park -- a 12-8 Marlins victory -- when he teed off on an Aaron Nola fastball that caught too much plate. It was Stanton's13th homer of August, breaking a Marlins franchise record for most homers in a single month.

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Yelich, Stanton excel with bat, glove vs. Phils

Both Marlins outfielders make impressive defensive plays in Game 2 win

Yelich, Stanton excel with bat, glove vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Having already made a spectacular home run robbery in the fifth inning to go with his three-run homer in the second, Christian Yelich was waiting for Giancarlo Stanton, who has been on a torrid pace at the plate, to pick up his end of the bargain in right field.

Stanton did. In the seventh inning of Tuesday's 7-4 Marlins win over the Phillies in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Stanton saw a liner off the bat of Cameron Perkins roaring toward the right-center-field gap. He put on the afterburners before diving and making an impressive play for the second out.

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MLB reacts to loss of play-by-play legend 'Felo'

MLB reacts to loss of play-by-play legend 'Felo'

The baseball world has lost a giant on the microphone, an international icon who spread the game across the globe for six decades. Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, the Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio voice of the Miami Marlins, died Monday night at the age of 94, and the sport mourned the loss. It also celebrated his life. 

"He was a good friend of mine and I really adored him because he was so sweet, so gentle and such a great announcer," said Dodgers Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, a Hall of Famer who served as the translator during Ramirez's Hall of Fame induction in 2001. "People need to know he was a master of baseball broadcasting and a true gentleman. He was extremely well known across the world and one of the most recognizable voices in sports. He was very special and he will be missed."

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro's HR traveled farther than Stanton's

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Ichiro's HR traveled farther than Stanton's

If you heard a lot of noise coming out of Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, the ruckus wasn't necessarily coming from the crowd. The Phillies fell to the Marlins,12-8, and the bats were unstoppable for Miami during the top of the seventh inning thanks to Giancarlo Stanton … and none other than Ichiro Suzuki.

Here's the most fascinating aspect of the inning: Suzuki's three-run blast traveled 432 feet, according to Statcast, which was farther than the homer hit by the Majors' current home run leader. Stanton's 46th homer of the season took a trip to the opposite side of the field for 346 feet … an 86-foot difference.

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Marlins' Bour resumes baseball activities

Marlins' Bour resumes baseball activities

PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, who has been sidelined since July 25 with a strained right oblique, began baseball activities Tuesday.

"Basically starting to play catch today and dry swings, so we're a little ways away from him getting going and ramping things up," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

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Marlins mourn beloved radio broadcaster 'Felo'

Hall of Fame Spanish-language voice passes away at age 94

Marlins mourn beloved radio broadcaster 'Felo'

MIAMI -- Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, the Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio voice of the Miami Marlins and a pioneer in helping grow baseball throughout Latin America for six decades, has died at age 94, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

The Cuban-born broadcasting legend had been with the Marlins since their inaugural 1993 season, and he remained active covering the club at home and on the road until he was injured from a fall in Philadelphia in late April.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Could Marlins make a Wild Card push?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from fans

Inbox: Could Marlins make a Wild Card push?

I know the Marlins have no starting pitching. So am I crazy to think they could make a playoff run?
-- @hgillming

There's been a lot of knocks on the Marlins' pitching -- yet in terms of numbers, they are in the middle of the pack in runs allowed (584), and 14 teams in the Majors have given up fewer runs.

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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.

Closing time: Stanton's stance fueling surge

Marlins slugger's home run tear lines up with change to batting stance in June

Closing time: Stanton's stance fueling surge

Giancarlo Stanton had half an hour, and he was about to remake himself as a hitter.

It was June 19 in Miami, and the Marlins were preparing to host the National League East-leading Nationals. Beneath a closed Marlins Park roof, Stanton began his experiment. He had watched endless video clips, and he was ready to test what he'd envisioned: He closed his stance.

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Dee Gordon showed off his end zone celebration

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Dee Gordon showed off his end zone celebration

 When a baseball player wants to celebrate, he can toss his bat into the air and dance with teammates in the dugout. Sadly, though, he can't spike the ball and dance. 

With the Marlins in Philadelphia before starting a series against the Phillies on Tuesday, and with the Dolphins in town to take on the Eagles later this week, it was the perfect time for second baseman Dee Gordon to show off his moves.

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Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley fans 11 in victory

Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley fans 11 in victory

NEW YORK -- The Mets couldn't avoid pitching to Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday afternoon, and the slugger made them pay. Stanton belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Jacob deGrom, as the Marlins held on for a 6-4 victory in the series finale at Citi Field.

Miami left-hander Adam Conley posted his first career double-digit strikeout game, fanning 11 in seven innings. Yoenis Cespedes homered in the first inning, but that was the only damage Conley encountered.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Sunday.

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Masterful Conley hopes to help down stretch

Masterful Conley hopes to help down stretch

NEW YORK -- If the Marlins are going to get back over .500 and make things interesting in the National League Wild Card standings down the stretch, they will need Adam Conley to mirror the performance he turned in on Sunday.

The left-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters and scattered three hits over seven innings in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

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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.

Dee swipes 2nd with batting gloves in mouth

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Dee swipes 2nd with batting gloves in mouth

 

Dee Gordon is fast. Like, "home to home in 14.298 seconds" fast. And with speed like that, it's nearly impossible for opposing catchers to throw him out -- he's swiped 193 bases over the last four seasons, and entered play on Sunday with 41 in just 118 games this year.

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Koehler dealt to Blue Jays for Minor Leaguer

Right-hander Gutierrez will report to Class A Greensboro

Koehler dealt to Blue Jays for Minor Leaguer

NEW YORK -- Tom Koehler, who opened the season as the Marlins' No. 3 starter, was traded to the Blue Jays on Saturday for right-handed pitching prospect Osman Gutierrez and cash considerations. Gutierrez will join Class A Greensboro's rotation.

Koehler, 31, had been a fixture in the Marlins' rotation since 2013, but the right-hander struggled in 12 big league starts in '17, going 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 55 2/3 innings. He spent several months at Triple-A New Orleans.

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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 downed by 7-run 6th, 3 errors

Marlins downed by 7-run 6th, 3 errors

NEW YORK -- Limited to just one run through the first 14 innings of the series, the Mets woke up in a big way with a seven-run sixth on Saturday night. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each belted two-run homers in the outburst, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 8-1, at Citi Field.

New York snapped a five-game skid, in which the club scored just 15 runs and batted .204. Rafael Montero, who gave up one run in six innings, picked up his first home win since Sept. 10, 2014. The right-hander benefited by getting double-play ground balls in four straight frames.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Loria tracking Stanton's HRs, team's surge

Loria tracking Stanton's HRs, team's surge

NEW YORK -- Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, like the rest of the baseball world, has been caught up in Giancarlo Stanton's impressive home run stretch.

Speaking briefly on Saturday before the Marlins faced the Mets at Citi Field, Loria praised Stanton, and briefly touched on a couple of other team-related topics. A subject he declined to address is the sale of the club to a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter.

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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.

Realmuto sets new career high with 50 RBIs

Realmuto sets new career high with 50 RBIs

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton isn't the only home run hitter in the Marlins lineup. On Friday night, J.T. Realmuto delivered the tone-setting, two-run homer in the second inning in Miami's 3-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.

Realmuto's 14th homer of the season also bumped his RBI total to 50, establishing a career high for the 26-year-old catcher.

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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.

Lineup support keeps Stanton thriving

Lineup support keeps Stanton thriving

NEW YORK -- How many home runs Giancarlo Stanton ends up with may ultimately come down to how much protection he gets in the Marlins' lineup. Without support, opponents may eventually start pitching around the 27-year-old, who leads the Major Leagues with 44 homers.

"If they choose to totally not pitch to him, we have other guys who can do damage," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "That really doesn't concern me, that part of it."

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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.

Nicolino shuts down Mets as Marlins roll

Nicolino shuts down Mets as Marlins roll

NEW YORK -- The Mets were determined heading into this weekend's series with the Marlins not to let Giancarlo Stanton beat them.

J.T. Realmuto beat them instead.

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

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.

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Inbox: What are Marlins' options for Stanton?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from fans

Inbox: What are Marlins' options for Stanton?

Giancarlo Stanton easily is the face of the franchise. How can the new ownership restart things and keep him happy? Is it worth it?
-- @FrankyRitz11

Stanton's home run surge is one of the biggest stories in all sports. We're on this wave seeing if he can top 60. That said, the 27-year-old is owed close to $300 million for the next 10 years, and his salary jumps to $25 million in 2018.

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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.

HR streak halted, but Stanton eyes 62

Marlins slugger hopes to pass benchmarks set by Ruth, Maris

HR streak halted, but Stanton eyes 62

MIAMI -- His pursuit to homer in seven straight games ended on Wednesday afternoon, but Giancarlo Stanton ultimately has a bigger number in his sights -- 62.

After collecting a pair of singles in four at-bats in the Marlins' 8-1 win over the Giants at Marlins Park, the hottest power hitter in the game made it clear he would like to pass benchmarks previously set by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

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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.

Source: Samson not expected to return in '18

Club president won't be retained within organization, pending sale of Marlins

Source: Samson not expected to return in '18

MIAMI -- David Samson, the Miami Marlins' president for the past 16 seasons, is not being retained by the new ownership group that has reached an agreement to purchase the club.

A source told MLB.com on Thursday night that the group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter intends to replace Samson after the sale is finalized. The club has not confirmed the news.

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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.