Steady Eddie: Volquez ready for opener

Steady Eddie: Volquez ready for opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- Opening Day is treated like just another day by Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez. With his laid-back disposition, the 33-year-old takes all the fanfare and excitement in stride.

Volquez anticipates more of the same on Monday, when he takes the mound for the Marlins in their 1:05 p.m. ET opener vs. the Nationals at Nationals Park.

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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.

Is Yelich primed to win the batting title?

Is Yelich primed to win the batting title?

JUPITER, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez did it in 2009, and Dee Gordon accomplished the feat in 2015. Christian Yelich just might be primed in 2017 to become the third player in Marlins' history to win the National League batting title.

If he does, it wouldn't surprise one of the great managers of this generation. Jim Leyland, who managed Yelich on Team USA's World Baseball Classic championship team, recently predicted a batting crown was in the future for the 25-year-old Marlins center fielder.

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Straily as advertised in 1st camp with Marlins

Straily as advertised in 1st camp with Marlins

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Spring Training finished pretty much as it started for Dan Straily. On Wednesday afternoon, the 28-year-old right-hander gave up one run in six innings in the Marlins' 5-5 tie with the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

In his final Grapefruit League outing, Straily struck out four and didn't issue a walk. Exiting after 83 pitches with 59 strikes, the right-hander's next outing is scheduled to be the second regular-season game for the Marlins on April 5 against Washington at Nationals Park.

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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.

Ichiro wants to play until he's 50

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Ichiro wants to play until he's 50

We've noted that Ichiro Suzuki may be a wizard before on this blog. He provided an all-time MLB highlight just days after his MLB debut, racked up 3,000-plus hits in 16 years and, at the age of 42 last season, slashed at an incredible .291/.354/.376 line. He stole 10 bases and had five triples!

So, it's hardly a surprise that the 10-time Gold Glove winner told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that he wants to play until he's 50.

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Ichiro, Realmuto highlight offense vs. Astros

Ichiro, Realmuto highlight offense vs. Astros

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dan Straily held his former team to five hits and one run in six innings to lead the Marlins to a 5-5 tie against the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It was the final Grapefruit League game for the Astros, who were headed to Houston on Wednesday night.

Astros starter Mike Fiers worked 5 1/3 innings in his final start before the regular season, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks, while striking out five.

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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.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' Opening Day roster unofficially set

Marlins' Opening Day roster unofficially set

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Marlins have until 5 p.m. ET Sunday to set their Opening Day roster. Although there are 33 players remaining in camp, the organization has pretty much decided which 25 will be traveling to Washington in anticipation of Opening Day on Monday against the Nationals.

For now, manager Don Mattingly is not ready to officially declare who is staying and who is going.

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den Dekker torments former team, Marlins edge Nats

den Dekker torments former team, Marlins edge Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals held their latest auditions for a potential long reliever during Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Marlins' split-squad team. Right-handers Jacob Turner and Jeremy Guthrie both had a chance to make an impression with roster decisions looming for the final spots in the team's bullpen.

Turner gave up three runs in the first inning on a two-run double from Matt den Dekker, who has stated his case to make the team with a strong spring. den Dekker scored after stealing third and scoring on an errant throw. Turner gave up just two hits and struck out three in four innings.

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Ellis clears hurdle, returns to Marlins' lineup

Veteran catcher had been out with strained hamstring

Ellis clears hurdle, returns to Marlins' lineup

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A number of questions were answered Tuesday, as A.J. Ellis caught five innings and got three at-bats against the Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Returning to the lineup after being out with a strained left hamstring since late February, Ellis went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored in the Marlins' 4-2 victory over the Nationals.

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Stanton homers, Volquez solid vs. Astros

Stanton homers, Volquez solid vs. Astros

JUPITER, Fla. -- Brian McCann connected on a two-run homer and Jose Altuve collected an RBI double on Tuesday as the Astros defeated the Marlins, 7-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton belted a home run for Miami.

The game featured a pair of already-announced Opening Day starters. Dallas Keuchel threw 4 2/3 innings in his final tuneup, giving up three runs with four strikeouts. Miami's Edinson Volquez worked five frames, also allowing three runs.

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Marlins option Nicolino, clearing roster picture

Miami also sends down Ellington, Cervenka, Telis

Marlins option Nicolino, clearing roster picture

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins made a series of moves on Tuesday morning that give a much clearer picture of how their rotation and bullpen will shape up for Opening Day.

Justin Nicolino, who was competing for the fifth-starter spot, right-hander Brian Ellington, lefty Hunter Cervenka and catcher Tomas Telis were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, leaving 33 players in camp.

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Inbox: Is Yelich bound for stardom?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from Miami fans

Inbox: Is Yelich bound for stardom?

What can we expect from Christian Yelich this year? I loved watching him get a taste of leadership and meaningful games in the World Baseball Classic.
-- @CoolKidJoeXBL

Without question, Yelich raised his profile and performance while playing a pivotal role on Team USA's championship team. Tom Koehler noted that Yelich no longer will be viewed as "the quiet kid in the corner." Maybe the World Baseball Classic was the platform to push Yelich into stardom.

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MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

Franco on hand as Nathan's strikes partnership, supports Play Ball

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

NEW YORK -- When he was a wide-eyed boy dreaming of becoming a Major League Baseball player, John Franco lived in the Marlboro Houses projects, Building 5, Apt. 7D -- a short walk to the wonders of the Coney Island boardwalk.

"Me and my buddies used to go to the beach all the time, hang out on the beach, on the way home stop at Nathan's, get a couple of hot dogs and then ride the rides in Coney Island," the Mets legend said on Tuesday. "It's very dear to me -- it reminds me of my childhood."

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Koehler cruises until 5-run sixth against Mets

Koehler cruises until 5-run sixth against Mets

JUPITER, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler brought the heat, tossing five shutout innings while blazing a fastball that topped at 96 mph, and T.J. Rivera blasted a three-run homer, powering the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday.

Wheeler, competing with Seth Lugo for New York's fifth-starter spot, scattered two hits and struck out three in his 70-pitch outing. Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler cruised for five innings, but an error in the sixth cleared the way for a five-run frame.

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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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Eyeing playoffs, Marlins prepared to deal

Miami likely to approach Trade Deadline as buyers in pitching market

Eyeing playoffs, Marlins prepared to deal

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins have their sights set on the postseason, and if necessary, the front office is prepared to be buyers by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

For Miami to contend, the starting pitching must step up.

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Koehler treats start like regular-season game

Koehler treats start like regular-season game

JUPITER, Fla. -- All the work and preparation Tom Koehler has been doing throughout Spring Training transferred over to the main field on Monday afternoon.

In what likely was Koehler's final Grapefruit League start, the right-hander struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in the Marlins' 5-0 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Telis staying ready for chance in the Majors

Catcher working at behind-the-plate defense, learning first base

Telis staying ready for chance in the Majors

JUPITER, Fla. -- Unless something changes in the next few days, the Marlins are not leaning towards carrying three catchers. But if something changes, Tomas Telis could find himself breaking with the big league club.

Miami had been open to carrying an extra catcher, mainly because A.J. Ellis has dealt with a left hamstring strain since late February. But Ellis has been catching in Minor League games, and could be in Grapefruit League action as early as Tuesday.

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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.

Chen goes five in up-and-down outing

Chen goes five in up-and-down outing

JUPITER, Fla. -- Home runs by Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. The victory was the Cardinals' 18th of spring, the most the club has had in a Grapefruit League season since 2009.

In his first plate appearance since helping Puerto Rico to a silver medal in the World Baseball Classic, Molina blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the wall in left. Fowler followed with his first spring home run in the third. Fowler and Molina each finished with multi-hit games.

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Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

Third baseman still resting, Dietrich getting bulk of work at hot corner

Prado (hamstring) expected to open '17 on DL

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins are less than a week from wrapping up Spring Training, and the organization is still taking a wait-and-see approach with Martin Prado.

The veteran third baseman is expected to open the season on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. More on his status should be known by the end of the week.

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Chen's main problem has been the long ball

Left-hander's 6 spring earned runs have all come via homers

Chen's main problem has been the long ball

JUPITER, Fla. -- Finally, Wei-Yin Chen celebrated a hit. Of course, it doesn't actually count on his Major League statistics sheet, but his infield single in the fifth inning provided a moment of levity in the Marlins' 3-0 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Chen is hitless in 50 big league at-bats, including 0-for-44 last year, so his teammates asked for the ball after his first hit of Spring Training.

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Yelich makes noise in return; Nicolino strong

Yelich makes noise in return; Nicolino strong

JUPITER, Fla. -- In his first game back from helping the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich doubled to lead off the fourth inning and scored the only run of the game in Miami's 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Yelich scored when Derek Dietrich's fly ball down the left-field line was lost in the sun and dropped in for a double.

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Stanton, Yelich return to Marlins' lineup

Stanton, Yelich return to Marlins' lineup

JUPITER, Fla. -- Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins' lineup for Saturday's 1-0 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Fresh from leading the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Yelich and Stanton hit third and fourth, respectively, on Saturday. But manager Don Mattingly indicated that this might not be the norm through the final week of the Grapefruit League season.

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Locke still has no timetable for return

Left-hander battling tendinitis; Ellis (hamstring) set for Minors game

Locke still has no timetable for return

JUPITER, Fla. -- The return of Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke will take some time. Manager Don Mattingly indicated that there is no real timeline for his return, but it appears Locke will be sidelined through April.

The news is a little brighter for catcher A.J. Ellis (hamstring), who played three innings on Friday and will play five innings in a Minor League game on Sunday. Mattingly said the plan is for Ellis to play in a split-squad game on Tuesday.

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Marlins name Volquez as Opening Day starter

Veteran right-hander also took hill in Kansas City's season opener in 2016

Marlins name Volquez as Opening Day starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- With Edinson Volquez, you don't look for flash. You count on consistency.

A history of steady performances is the primary reason the Marlins are giving the ball to Volquez to launch the 2017 season. Manager Don Mattingly on Friday made it official that the 33-year-old right-hander would start on Opening Day, set for April 3 at Washington.

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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, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

Both players say tournament experience was exhilarating

Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

JUPITER, Fla. -- Riding the adrenaline of winning the World Baseball Classic title, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to Marlins camp on Friday ready for the next step -- the regular season.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly gave both players a day to recover, but they are expected to be back in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

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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' rotation hopefuls impress vs. Nats

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Urena, who is competing for Miami's fifth starter spot, struck out five without issuing a walk. The Marlins opened the scoring on Ichiro's two-out, RBI single off Nats starter Jacob Turner.

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Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

Team USA's win gives outfielder heightened profile, exposure

Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

JUPITER, Fla. -- Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton will return to Spring Training this weekend with World Baseball Classic championship medals and baseball experiences of a lifetime.

After being part of Team USA's title team, the two Miami outfielders now know what it takes to win on a big baseball stage.

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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.