Surge puts Ozuna in line to start in NL OF

Left fielder in 3rd in voting amid breakout year; Stanton 6th

Surge puts Ozuna in line to start in NL OF

MIAMI -- A consistent approach and big power numbers are paying off for Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins left fielder, who has been one of the most impactful players in the National League, has now jumped into the starting All-Star picture.

The latest results were released on Monday, and with 1,270,464 votes, Ozuna has replaced Jason Heyward of the Cubs for the third starting outfield spot for the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

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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 to defend Home Run Derby crown

Stanton to defend Home Run Derby crown

MIAMI -- Fans of the long ball, rejoice: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be back to defend his Home Run Derby crown, and he'll do so in his home park.

Stanton, who won last year's event by mashing a record 61 homers, became the first to announce his acceptance for the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, to be held on Monday, July 10.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF

Marlins vet, at 43 years, 246 days, surpasses HOFer Henderson's record

Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki is a pretty safe bet to be enshrined in Cooperstown one day, and Sunday's 4-2 win over the Cubs marked another day of history along the way for the international icon.

At 43 years and 246 days old, the Marlins outfielder started in center against the Cubs, making him the oldest starting center fielder since 1900, per Elias Sports. The record was previously held by Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who made his last start in center on July 24, 2002, at 43 years and 211 days old, while with the Red Sox.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Marlins on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen steps up as Marlins ride big 1st frame

Bullpen steps up as Marlins ride big 1st frame

MIAMI -- Martin Prado lined a two-run double in a three-run first inning and Giancarlo Stanton provided insurance with his 20th homer in the seventh as the Marlins edged the Cubs, 4-2, to split a four-game series Sunday at Marlins Park.

Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna continued his All-Star worthy first half by roping a single to knock in Ichiro Suzuki to ignite the first-inning rally. Two batters later, Prado collected his first two RBIs since coming off the disabled list on Friday.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Marlins on Sunday.

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

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Adeiny talks active; Rays the front-runners

Adeiny talks active; Rays the front-runners

MIAMI -- The Marlins remain in discussions with multiple teams regarding Adeiny Hechavarria, but the Rays are believed to be the front-runners for the 28-year-old shortstop.

According to sources, Miami is hoping to deal Hechavarria for one or perhaps two pitching prospects, and is seeking to get a deal done before Tuesday's series opener with the Mets at Marlins 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.

Experience a full story on Stanton's laser HR

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Experience a full story on Stanton's laser HR

If you've stepped into a movie theater at the height of blockbuster season, you know the standard dramatic structure well by now. Giancarlo Stanton condensed all of those bloated two-hour movies into one at-bat in the seventh inning of Sunday's 4-2 victory against the Cubs. 

It all began when he stepped to the plate. This would be his challenge. Could he best Cubs reliever Pedro Strop? Things looked dire, as Stanton waved helplessly at a slider way off the plate for strike one. 

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Straily looks to stay hot against NL East foes

Straily looks to stay hot against NL East foes

Dan Straily looks to continue his dominance against the National League East this season as he takes on Robert Gsellman and the Mets at Marlins Park for the first of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

In six starts against the Marlins' division foes, Straily (5-4, 3.43 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA. He tossed 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball at home against the Mets on April 16 in a no-decision.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Held to 4 hits, Fish can't ride HR, pick up Nico

Held to 4 hits, Fish can't ride HR, pick up Nico

MIAMI -- Check the Marlins off the list for Jon Lester. The veteran left-hander, who hadn't faced them much in his career, was winless against Miami until Saturday afternoon. Lester overcame a sluggish three-run first, regrouped and was dominant for the rest of his seven innings in the Cubs' 5-3 win at Marlins Park.

In four previous career starts, Lester was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings against the Marlins. The 33-year-old has now beaten 29 of the 30 big league clubs. The lone team he hasn't beaten are the Red Sox, the club he broke in with and has never faced.

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

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Realmuto #ASGWorthy with bat, glove

Catcher has Marlins talking after robbing Almora of bunt base hit

Realmuto #ASGWorthy with bat, glove

MIAMI -- Bunt on Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto at your own risk. Albert Almora Jr. found that out in the second inning Saturday, when his seemingly perfectly placed bunt resulted in the Cubs' center fielder being thrown out at first.

Realmuto impacts a game in so many ways, and in Miami's 5-3 loss to Chicago at Marlins Park, the 26-year-old made a must-see defensive play to go along with his three-run homer off Jon Lester.

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Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

Miami slugger, who won '16 HR event, belts 458-foot shot at home park -- site of this year's festivities

Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton served another reminder that he is the defending Home Run Derby champion. The three-time All-Star right fielder crushed a two-out home run off John Lackey in the third inning on Friday night in the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

The thunderous shot was vintage Stanton. Per Statcast™, it landed a projected 458 feet away, with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, and it was the third-longest home run of the season for the 27-year-old.

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Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

MIAMI -- Before embarking on their professional baseball careers, the Marlins' top three picks in the 2017 Draft got a small sample of big league life on Friday at Marlins Park.

The club announced that their top three picks -- first-rounder Trevor Rogers, Competitive Balance Round A choice Brian Miller and second-rounder Joe Dunand -- finalized their contracts. They were introduced to Marlins players and were special guests at batting practice.

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Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

MIAMI -- When the season started, the Marlins used Jose Urena in a long-relief role. The 25-year-old has since become a stopper of sorts, especially in recent weeks.

Urena scattered five hits over six shutout innings, and backed by a home run from Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins edged the Cubs, 2-0, on Friday night at Marlins Park. Urena has now won his last five decisions.

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

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Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

Former slugger on hand for news conference, where Dunand 1 of 3 Draft picks to sign

Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

MIAMI -- Alex Rodriguez achieved his big league dream, and on Friday afternoon, he made sure he was on hand to watch his nephew, Joe Dunand, take the first steps of his professional baseball career.

Drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Marlins earlier in the month, Dunand was one of three picks who signed on Friday and was introduced to the media late in the afternoon.

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Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

MIAMI -- The Marlins are getting their team leader back. Martin Prado, one of the most respected players in the clubhouse, was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday after being out about six weeks with a right hamstring strain.

In a corresponding move, infielder Christian Colon was designated for assignment.

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Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

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Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

Prior to Friday's game with the Cubs, the Marlins activated Martin Prado from the disabled list -- where he'd been for the past six weeks with a hamstring strain. 

When it comes to Prado's role on the Marlins, well, he's definitely a "leader." Just look at this elaborate sequence of dugout handshakes he indulged in with teammates, such as Miguel Rojas and Dan Straily. 

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Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

Slugger makes a little Marlins history, accounts for lone run vs. Arrieta, Cubs

Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

MIAMI -- At the rate he's going, Marcell Ozuna is likely to eclipse his season high for home runs before the All-Star break.

Ozuna struck yet again on Thursday night, crushing a Jake Arrieta fastball over the wall in left field for his 20th homer of the season. It was an impressive drive, but not nearly enough to energize a rally, as the Marlins lost, 11-1, to the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

MIAMI -- In tinkering with a lineup now minus Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stuck with Addison Russell in the fourth spot on Thursday night. Russell cleaned up, collecting four hits, including a home run, and the shortstop was a triple shy of the cycle.

Russell, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and the Cubs rolled to an 11-1 win over the Marlins in the four-game series opener at Marlins Park.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Thursday.

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Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

MIAMI -- The Marlins welcomed one veteran reliever back Thursday, while another headed to the disabled list.

Junichi Tazawa was reinstated from the DL, and Brad Ziegler was placed on the 10-day DL with a right back strain.

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Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

MIAMI -- Max Scherzer was on the brink of joining historical pitching company, but instead, he was victimized by a two-out error that led to an agonizing loss on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

A.J. Ellis broke up Scherzer's no-hit bid with a one-out infield single in the eighth inning, and the Marlins ended up rallying for a 2-1 win over the Nationals, scoring the go-ahead run on Giancarlo Stanton's two-out RBI single to left.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

MIAMI -- Dominant. Electric. Unhittable. Max Scherzer was all those things for most of Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

But the unpredictability of baseball took over in the eighth inning, and the Marlins went from nearly being no-hit to rallying to an improbable 2-1 victory over the Nationals.

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#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

Outfielder also runs through stop sign to score run in game vs. Nats

#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

MIAMI -- Everything seems to be going Marcell Ozuna's way right now, even his risky baserunning. After racing through a stop sign at third base to score one run, the 26-year-old left fielder showcased his power in his next at-bat.

Ozuna connected on a two-run homer and scored twice, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Nationals Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

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Marlins No. 1 prospect Garrett has TJ surgery

Left-hander expected to be out 12-14 months

Marlins No. 1 prospect Garrett has TJ surgery

MIAMI -- Braxton Garrett, the Marlins' top-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out between 12-14 months.

The procedure was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill.

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Volquez struggles with control in loss to Nats

Volquez struggles with control in loss to Nats

MIAMI -- Protecting a big lead wasn't a problem for the Nationals on Tuesday night, thanks to their three primary All-Star candidates. Bryce Harper had a two-run single, Ryan Zimmerman added three RBIs and Daniel Murphy homered and drove in two in Washington's 12-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

A night after watching a six-run lead disappear in an 8-7 setback, the Nats' pitching came through, as Gio Gonzalez gave them seven strong innings, allowing three runs while striking out eight.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Nationals on Tuesday.

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Ozuna hits walk-off single to lift Marlins in 9th

Ozuna hits walk-off single to lift Marlins in 9th

MIAMI -- The Marlins erased a six-run deficit and capped an improbable 8-7 comeback victory over the Nationals on Monday on Marcell Ozuna's walk-off single in the ninth inning off Enny Romero.

In need of a strong homestand after dropping two of three at Atlanta, the Marlins took the series opener against the National League East-leading Nationals. They trailed by six after three innings. The walk-off win came on Ozuna's liner into the left-center-field gap with the bases full in the ninth. The count was 0-2 but he crushed a 97-mph fastball for the game-winning hit. It's Miami's biggest come-from-behind win since winning after being four runs down against the A's on June 14.

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Bour's slam caps six-run third inning

Bour's slam caps six-run third inning

MIAMI -- Facing Justin Bour with men on base is becoming a dangerous proposition for pitchers. Tanner Roark discovered that the hard way in the third inning of Monday's 8-7 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Bour blistered a two-out grand slam off Roark to cap a six-run third inning for the Marlins, after they trailed the Nationals by six runs.

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Ozuna making push on NL All-Star ballot

Ozuna making push on NL All-Star ballot

MIAMI -- Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna is having one of the best first halves of any player in franchise history, and the All-Star voters are starting to take notice.

Ozuna has moved up to the fifth spot among National League outfielders, according to the latest Esurance All-Star Game Ballot results that were released on Monday. With 871,393 votes, Ozuna is fifth, and closing in on the Cubs' Jayson Heyward for a starting spot.

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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.

Avila reflects on time with Marlins, '97 Series

Former Florida front-office member recalls championship run

Avila reflects on time with Marlins, '97 Series

MIAMI -- Livan Hernandez hoisting the 1997 World Series MVP Award trophy high above his head and proclaiming, "I love you Miami!" is one of the most memorable moments in Marlins' history.

Reminiscing 20 years later on the Marlins' first championship, Tigers vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila, then with the Marlins, recalls 1997 didn't start off too promising for Hernandez, then a 22-year-old who didn't make the big league club coming out of Spring Training.

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