History swings momentum against Koehler

Previous success against Harper fades with three long home runs

History swings momentum against Koehler

WASHINGTON -- Here's the thing about baseball statistics. Those interesting numbers can serve as a guide to those trying to project the future. Some are stronger indicators than others, yet they are not infallible. There is a reason why the phrase, "That's why they play the game," was first muttered.

For example, Marlins starter Tom Koehler enjoyed tremendous success against Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper entering Wednesday's matinee that doubled as the rubber match for the three-game series. The right-hander held the lefty-swinging slugger to 2-for-15 (.133) with three strikeouts in their previous meetings.

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Koehler gives up 3 HRs to Harper in finale loss

Koehler gives up 3 HRs to Harper in finale loss

WASHINGTON -- Right fielder Bryce Harper arguably had the best game of his young career on Wednesday afternoon, hitting three home runs and knocking in five runs as the Nationals defeated the Marlins, 7-5, at Nationals Park.

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against right-hander Max Scherzer, thanks to RBI singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria. However, Harper took over the game, hitting all three homers against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler.

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Haren squares off against Hudson as Marlins visit Giants

Haren squares off against Hudson as Marlins visit Giants

Dan Haren and the Marlins head west for the remainder of their 10-game road trip. If the right-hander continues his strong start, Miami's chances for success Thursday night won't head south against the San Francisco Giants.

Haren (3-1, 2.70 ERA) is slated for his sixth start and first against the defending World Series champions this season. In his last outing, he tossed six shutout innings Saturday for a victory over the Phillies. Haren has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts this season.

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Latos rebounds from hamstring issue with win

Bullpen follows right-hander's lead to secure his first victory with Miami

Latos rebounds from hamstring issue with win

WASHINGTON -- Six days after leaving his last start with a strained hamstring, Mat Latos returned to the mound on Tuesday night for an outing he would describe as his best of the season.

Latos threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits as the Marlins beat Washington, 2-1, at Nationals Park. The win was the Marlins' 10th in their last 13 games, but the first of the season for Latos, who improved to 1-3 in his first campaign with Miami.

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Marlins hang on in D.C. for Latos' first win

Marlins hang on in D.C. for Latos' first win

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Mat Latos proved to be too much for the Nationals on Tuesday night, as the Marlins won, 2-1, at Nationals Park.

Latos lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed the one run on two hits. He earned his first win of the season, racking up six strikeouts and issuing five walks. The run came in the second inning, when Ryan Zimmerman scored on a groundout by Dan Uggla.

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Yelich 'not far off' from rejoining Marlins

Miami's next series in San Francisco targeted for left fielder's return

Yelich 'not far off' from rejoining Marlins

WASHINGTON -- Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich continues to progress on a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Jupiter and could return to the Majors before the end of the week.

Yelich, who has been out since April 20 with a lower back strain, went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base Monday in his second rehab game with Jupiter.

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Salty a free agent after Marlins release catcher

Salty a free agent after Marlins release catcher

MIAMI -- Unable to work out a trade, the Marlins on Tuesday released Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who immediately becomes a free agent. The move had been expected since the 30-year-old catcher was designated for assignment on April 27.

If Saltalamacchia signs with another club, the Marlins will be responsible for the remaining $14.2 million of his contract, minus the prorated MLB minimum that the other team would have to pay.

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Walks haunt Marlins after Phelps' strong start

Lead surrendered in 7th, 8th innings with free passes coming around to score

Walks haunt Marlins after Phelps' strong start

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins ran off nine wins in 10 games through Saturday. Now, they've lost two straight. Issuing walks in the late innings played a central role in Monday night's 6-4 setback against the Nationals.

Miami surrendered a 2-1 lead in the seventh and a 4-2 lead in the eighth, with walks to Washington batters resulting in runs in both innings.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Marlins upended in game-turning eighth inning

Marlins upended in game-turning eighth inning

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and beat the Marlins, 6-4, Monday at Nationals Park.

Yunel Escobar capped a 5-for-5 performance with a sharp single to right field that scored two runs to break a 4-4 tie. Ian Desmond's two-run home run to center field -- both hits coming off reliever Bryan Morris -- brought the Nationals back from a 4-2 deficit. The four runs in the inning were one more than Washington scored in its past three games combined -- a pair of 1-0 wins and a 4-0 loss, all against the Mets.

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Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

In first appearance together, Jhonatan drives in Donovan

Solano brothers combine for run vs. Phils

MIAMI -- For the first time in Marlins history, two brothers were in the same lineup, and they combined for a run in the fifth inning on Sunday in Miami's 6-2 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Donovan Solano singled up the middle and scored from first on Jhonatan Solano's double to the wall in left, which at the time put Miami in front by a run. The Colombian natives were in the starting lineup for the series finale.

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Cosart done in by sloppy sixth inning

Phillies end right-hander's scoreless streak at 16

Cosart done in by sloppy sixth inning

MIAMI -- The Marlins' hot streak started with Jarred Cosart on the mound at Philadelphia on April 22. On Sunday, Cosart was hopeful of ending the impressive homestand riding momentum.

It didn't play out exactly as Cosart anticipated. The Phillies rallied with two runs in the sixth inning, and went on to beat the Marlins, 6-2, at Marlins Park.

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Marlins' offense handcuffed by Phillies

Marlins' offense handcuffed by Phillies

MIAMI -- Ryan Howard snapped an 0-for-11 slump with his first triple of the season, and it set in motion the Phillies' 6-2 comeback victory over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park. Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak, and Miami capped its homestand at 7-2.

Miami right-hander Jarred Cosart hadn't allowed a run in 16 innings, spread over three starts. But in the fifth inning, the Phillies tied it at 1 on Ben Revere's RBI single. In the sixth inning, the Phillies claimed the lead for good. After Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch, Howard's triple tied it. Grady Sizemore's RBI single gave the Phillies the lead for good.

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Ramos fine after injury scare vs. Phillies

Reliever examined after landing wrong following delivery

Ramos fine after injury scare vs. Phillies

MIAMI -- A.J. Ramos, one of Miami's main setup relievers, received a minor injury scare in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies at Marlins Park.

The right-hander landed awkwardly after throwing a fastball that resulted in a lineout by Cesar Hernandez to left field. Marlins trainer Sean Cunningham and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez made a mound visit.

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

Latos cleared to start Tuesday vs. Nationals

Hamstring injury presents no issues in bullpen work

Latos cleared to start Tuesday vs. Nationals

MIAMI -- When Mat Latos limped off the field in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, the Marlins' rotation appeared to be headed for a setback.

But after throwing a successful bullpen session on Saturday, Latos was cleared to rejoin the rotation, and will make his scheduled start on Tuesday at Washington.

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Prado drives in four as Marlins keep rolling

Prado drives in four as Marlins keep rolling

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon provided the speed, slapping out three hits and stealing two bases, and Martin Prado delivered the power, connecting on a three-run homer while driving in four runs.

The top-of-the-order combination gave Dan Haren plenty of support in the Marlins' 7-0 victory over the Phillies Saturday.

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Statcast: Stanton's 2B hardest-hit ball in 2015

Slugger's hit against Phillies left bat at 120 mph

Statcast: Stanton's 2B hardest-hit ball in 2015

It's no surprise to hear that when Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton squares up a baseball, he hits it really, really hard.

But thanks to Statcast, the state-of-the-art tracking technology, we have an idea of just how much force he generates with each powerful swing.

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Marcell Ozuna is actual bear in clubhouse cage

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Marcell Ozuna is actual bear in clubhouse cage

Knotted up at 3-3 against the Phillies on Friday, the Marlins needed a little extra oomph to power their way to a victory. Giancarlo Stanton walked to start off the bottom of the ninth inning, and it was then that Miami revealed their secret weapon and released the Big Bear. 

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Haren holds steady with lead against Phillies

Right-hander tosses six shutout innings for third win

Haren holds steady with lead against Phillies

MIAMI -- Give him early run support and good defense, and Dan Haren will take care of the rest. It's not always pretty, and it's certainly not flashy, but the 34-year-old has a knack for seizing whatever opportunity he's given.

It was more of the same for Haren on Saturday in the Marlins' 7-0 win over the Phillies.

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Gordon, Prado provide one-two punch for Marlins

Speedster sets table and teammate cleans up in win

Gordon, Prado provide one-two punch for Marlins

MIAMI -- It all started at the top for the Marlins on Saturday. The top of the order, Dee Gordon and Martin Prado, put on a speed and power demonstration that was simply overwhelming in Miami's 7-0 victory over the Phillies at Marlins Park Saturday.

Gordon and Prado combined to go 5-for-6 with a homer, double, four runs scored, four RBIs and two stolen bases.

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

Ozuna makes his 4th hit first walk-off of year

Center fielder having success by not swinging for fences

Ozuna makes his 4th hit first walk-off of year

MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna has yet to smash a home run, but the Marlins center fielder on Friday night celebrated his first walk-off hit of the season.

Ozuna's third double of the night found the gap in left-center, and it had enough distance to enable Giancarlo Stanton to slide home from first and give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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Ozuna breaks up tie with walk-off double

Ozuna breaks up tie with walk-off double

MIAMI -- The Marlins squandered chances all night, leaving 11 on base heading into the ninth inning. But they were finally able to break through and edge the Phillies, 4-3, in walk-off fashion on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double off Ken Giles.

Ozuna's third double of the night scored Giancarlo Stanton, who had walked, from first base. The decisive run didn't come without drama. The crew chief reviewed the play to see if catcher Carlos Ruiz tagged Stanton before he touched home.

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Cishek dodges bullet in ninth to secure win

Reliever barely misses being beaten again by a late homer

Cishek dodges bullet in ninth to secure win

MIAMI -- The range of emotions swung in a matter of seconds for Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the ninth inning on Friday night. The right-hander logged two quick outs, but then held his breath on Cody Asche's triple to right-center.

Off the bat, Cishek was thinking it was a routine fly ball. But with the Marlins Park roof open, the ball traveled a bit further than normal, and it nearly left the yard.

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Yelich, Alvarez nearing return from DL

Left fielder could be back with Marlins next week, with ace soon to follow

Yelich, Alvarez nearing return from DL

MIAMI -- Some core Marlins currently on the disabled list are getting closer to returning. Left fielder Christian Yelich and right-hander Henderson Alvarez are expected back in the not-too-distant future.

Yelich (lower back strain) is expected to play in a rehab assignment game at Class A Jupiter on Sunday. Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) could be back in the middle of May.

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

Slick defender Hechavarria becoming complete player

With .321 average in April, shortstop's offense is beginning to match glove skills

Slick defender Hechavarria becoming complete player

MIAMI -- The Marlins have grown accustomed to seeing Adeiny Hechavarria making highlight-reel-worthy defensive plays. The slick-fielding shortstop has made a habit of them since he was acquired from the Blue Jays after the 2012 season.

What's standing out this season is how the 26-year-old is rounding out his overall game, and his improvement at the plate is a big reason Miami has turned things around after a slow start.

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

Fernandez faces hitters for first time since surgery

Marlins ace throws 15 pitches in live batting-practice session Thursday

Fernandez faces hitters for first time since surgery

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jose Fernandez did something Thursday that he had not done in almost a year -- pitch against live hitting.

The Marlins' 22-year-old ace, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 15 pitches while facing hitters on a back field at the Marlins' Spring Training complex behind Roger Dean Stadium. It was the first time the right-hander had faced hitters since May 9, 2014. On that day in San Diego, Fernandez experienced discomfort in his right elbow, and a week later, he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

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