Rienzo, Mazzaro join 'pen; rotation in flux

With Alvarez, Latos on DL, Marlins have decisions to make on who will start next week

Rienzo, Mazzaro join 'pen; rotation in flux

MIAMI -- The Marlins brought in immediate bullpen depth on Saturday, recalling Andre Rienzo and selecting the contract of Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans. The two right-handers have big league experience, and over the next couple of days, they will be relief options for manager Dan Jennings.

Moving forward, the bigger question confronting the organization is how to fill two rotation spots now that Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) and Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) are on the disabled list.

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Alvarez joins Latos for second stint on DL

Marlins expected to promote Rienzo, Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans

Alvarez joins Latos for second stint on DL

MIAMI -- Henderson Alvarez has fought through injuries over the last two seasons. The 2014 All-Star is back on the disabled list after throwing five innings in the Marlins' 8-5 loss to Baltimore on Friday. Right shoulder inflammation is the nagging injury that has him back on the shelf just two starts from his last DL stint.

Alvarez was one of two starting pitchers placed on the DL following Friday's loss, the eighth consecutive on the current 10-game homestand. Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) was also sidelined.

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Marlins' skid hits 8 as staff struggles vs. O's

Marlins' skid hits 8 as staff struggles vs. O's

MIAMI -- After a slow start, the Orioles scored eight runs from the fifth inning on as they defeated Miami, 8-5, in the series opener at Marlins Park on Friday. It was the eighth straight loss for the Marlins, while Baltimore has won four of its last five.

The Marlins jumped ahead early thanks to RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, but Baltimore began its comeback in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Delmon Young's double brought home two runs, and Caleb Joseph delivered two more on a single after the O's capitalized on an error by Alvarez in a four-run sixth inning. More >

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Ichiro moves past Babe on all-time hits list

Single to left marks No. 2,874 in Marlins left fielder's storied career

Ichiro moves past Babe on all-time hits list

MIAMI -- For Ichiro Suzuki, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list isn't a milestone of which he is boastful.

"Of course I'm happy, but Babe Ruth is one of the big names in history," said the 41-year-old veteran. "This would be a different story if I tied Babe Ruth in home runs."

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In midst of skid, Marlins don't appear at event

Fish 'N' Chips Casino Party unattended by players after loss to D-backs

In midst of skid, Marlins don't appear at event

MIAMI -- Marlins players were not exactly in a festive mood on Thursday, hours after bowing to Arizona and extending their skid to seven games.

No players appeared at the annual Fish 'N' Chips Casino Party, a $100 per person ($175 couples) fundraiser benefiting the Marlins Reviving Inner Cities Program (RBI), a youth program designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility in underserved and disadvantaged areas of South Florida.

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Bobbled bunts costly for Marlins in finale loss

Latos, Realmuto give D-backs extra outs with defensive miscues on Thursday

Bobbled bunts costly for Marlins in finale loss

MIAMI -- As if enough wasn't going wrong for the Marlins during their seven-game slide, Miami's inability to field a bunt hurt the team twice in Thursday's 7-6 loss to Arizona at Marlins Park.

Combined, the miscues -- which both came on sacrifice bunt attempts -- helped lead to five D-backs runs.

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Bats come alive, but Marlins' skid hits seven

Bats come alive, but Marlins' skid hits seven

MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock's two-out RBI infield single in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner in Thursday's back-and-forth contest, as the D-backs defeated Miami, 7-6, at Marlins Park. Arizona swept the four-game series to send the Marlins to their seventh straight loss.

The D-backs took a 1-0 lead on Yasmany Tomas' first-inning run-scoring double off of Mat Latos. But the Marlins answered immediately with three first-inning runs on four hits, including RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour.

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Offense breaks out with 12 hits in loss to D-backs

Marlins score at least five runs for first time since May 13

Offense breaks out with 12 hits in loss to D-backs

MIAMI -- They didn't result in a win, but the Marlins' offense banged out 12 hits in their 7-6 loss to Arizona on Thursday, leading to the most runs Miami has scored since a 5-4 win against the Dodgers on May 13.

It's a drastic change for the struggling offense that produced just four hits and one run in Wednesday's loss. The Marlins were also nearly no-hit on Sunday and totaled only 11 runs through the first six games of the 10-game homestand.

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Marlins allow 7 steals, drop sixth straight

Marlins allow 7 steals, drop sixth straight

MIAMI -- The D-backs ran their way to a 6-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park, racking up seven steals on the night, led by A.J. Pollock's three. Chase Anderson went eight-plus innings in his first victory of the season while handing Miami its sixth straight loss.

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Rehabbing Fernandez throws more live BP

Rehabbing Fernandez throws more live BP

MIAMI -- The news remains encouraging for Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

On Wednesday, Fernandez threw another session of live batting practice against hitters at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. The right-hander threw around 30 pitches.

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Phelps shoulders blame for D-backs' baserunning

Phelps shoulders blame for D-backs' baserunning

MIAMI -- Marlins starter David Phelps was aware that the D-backs had plenty of team speed. So when they stole five bases off him in five innings -- and seven overall in Miami's 6-1 loss at Marlins Park -- the righty put the blame solely on himself.

"It was just a bad job of managing the game on my part," Phelps said. "I wasn't holding runners well, not getting ahead of guys, leadoff walks. ... So poor job on my part of limiting the damage more than anything."

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Bour proving to be quite a tough out at the dish

Bour proving to be quite a tough out at the dish

MIAMI -- While much of the Marlins' offense didn't show up in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs at Marlins Park, Miami first baseman Justin Bour didn't go down quietly.

Arizona starter Chase Anderson stifled the Marlins as he allowed one run on four hits over eight-plus innings. However, Bour came on in a double-switch in the sixth inning and collected two of those hits.

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Jennings has longtime friend as sounding board

Jennings has longtime friend as sounding board

MIAMI -- Their friendship dates back more than 30 years, when they were growing up in Mobile, Ala. They previously worked together in the Mariners' organization, and now they are side by side in the Marlins' dugout.

Dan Jennings agreed to become Marlins manager under the condition his longtime buddy, Mike Goff, would be his bench coach.

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Marlins lack relief, offense in fifth straight loss

Marlins lack relief, offense in fifth straight loss

MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock came off the bench in the eighth inning and hit a two-run home run to break a tie and provide the decisive runs in the D-backs' 4-2 victory at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Miami has now dropped the first two games of the series and five straight overall.

The D-backs scored a couple of two-out unearned runs in top of the fourth inning to take an early lead. David Peralta scored the first run when Tuffy Gosewisch's ground ball was fielded by Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, whose errant throw pulled Michael Morse off first base. The D-backs then tacked on another run on Nick Ahmed's RBI bunt single.

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Homers keep coming, but hits not falling for Fish

Stanton stresses focus after two-run shot was lone offense for second straight night

Homers keep coming, but hits not falling for Fish

MIAMI -- Off the bat, it was a majestic drive to deep left field. It was another vintage Giancarlo Stanton blast, the slugger's fourth home run in the first five games of the homestand.

But once again, the tape-measured shot wasn't enough to snap the Marlins out of their slide. The D-backs claimed a 4-2 victory on Tuesday, extending Miami's losing streak to five.

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Infections lead to vertigo, DL stint for Cosart

Righty believes sinus problem last month caused ear issue; reliever Capps recalled

Infections lead to vertigo, DL stint for Cosart

MIAMI -- This past weekend, Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart was relieved to find out that his ailing right hamstring that caused him to exit his last start wasn't a serious issue.

Turns out the 24-year-old pitcher wasn't in the clear.

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ASG debate: Stanton or Harper in outfield?

NL East sluggers both capable of Most Valuable Player Award seasons

ASG debate: Stanton or Harper in outfield?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

One guy was baseball's (and all of American professional sports') first $325 million man. The other guy, for all we know, could be the next. They both can bash a baseball 500 feet, they both can single-handedly alter the National League East landscape and, simply put, they both make you feel good about the present and future of the game.

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Jennings sticks with Dunn in pivotal inning

Jennings sticks with Dunn in pivotal inning

MIAMI -- Marlins manager Dan Jennings received some advice from other skippers around the league when he moved into the position from general manager on Monday. One piece came into play during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the D-backs at Marlins Park.

"The managers that I talked to as I took this job said that you have to manage with your head, not your heart," Jennings said. "If you have a gut feeling, you trust it, and I had a gut feeling and it didn't turn out well."

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Big Tuna gives advice to new Fish manager

Big Tuna gives advice to new Fish manager

MIAMI -- One of the first calls Dan Jennings made after he agreed to be Marlins manager was to his close friend, Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells.

Parcells, who guided the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles, has a home in Palm Beach County, and he regularly attended Spring Training games at Miami's complex in Jupiter, Fla.

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Jennings feels like he belongs in dugout

Marlins drop first game under new manager in 13 innings

Jennings feels like he belongs in dugout

MIAMI -- Before taking the field on Monday night at Marlins Park, Dan Jennings had to go through one final rite of passage. Looking to create some levity on a team that has gone through plenty of anxiety, Ichiro Suzuki initiated an impromptu dugout ceremony.

To make Jennings, a career personnel evaluator, feel like he belongs, Ichiro placed a dress tie around the neck of the new Marlins manager.

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Marlins fall short in Jennings' debut

Marlins fall short in Jennings' debut

MIAMI -- The managerial debut for Dan Jennings turned into an endurance test, and the D-backs were able to prevail. David Peralta's two-out RBI double in the 13th inning off Steve Cishek lifted Arizona to a 3-2 win on Monday at Marlins Park.

Peralta, in a 1-for-10 rut on the road trip, ripped his double to right and it snapped Arizona's four-game losing streak. Miami, meanwhile, has dropped four straight, and was unable to hand Jennings a victory in his first day as manager.

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Ichiro ties Ruth on all-time hits list

Ichiro ties Ruth on all-time hits list

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki wasn't originally in the Marlins' lineup on Monday, but when center fielder Marcell Ozuna was excused for the day for personal reasons, the veteran stepped in and accomplished a milestone in the Marlins' 3-2 13-inning loss.

With a fifth-inning bloop single to left field for his second hit of the day, Suzuki tied Babe Ruth for 38th place on the all-time Major League hits list since 1900 with 2,873. Monday's hits were both singles off of Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa .

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Marlins excited by Jennings' passion, knowledge

Team reacts to managerial change following Redmond's dismissal

Marlins excited by Jennings' passion, knowledge

MIAMI -- When Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton heard that his general manager, Dan Jennings, would be his new manager beginning on Monday, the right-handed slugger could only react like everybody else.

"The first thought in anyone's mind is 'What's going on here?'" Stanton said. "So, it's only natural for the players to have that, too. At the same time, you have to realize what's positive about this and 'How are we going to overcome this?' and not just look at it in a negative way because that's kind of what the season has been based around."

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Jennings named manager by Marlins

GM moves from front office to bench; Goff joins him as bench coach

Jennings named manager by Marlins

MIAMI -- A fear of failure never stood in the way of Dan Jennings taking on a challenge. So when the Marlins presented an idea completely out of left field, the 54-year-old eagerly accepted.

In a move even his mom called "crazy," Jennings on Monday was named manager of the Marlins for the remainder of the season. The club has no plans to immediately fill Jennings' previous position as general manager. President of baseball operations Michael Hill and team president David Samson, with input from the entire front-office staff, will handle day-to-day front-office duties.

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Jennings hire follows trend but is uncommon move

Though he's latest to take helm from front office, it's rare for GM to step in as manager

Jennings hire follows trend but is uncommon move

Taking over as manager of the Marlins without any previous managerial experience does not make Dan Jennings all that unusual. In fact, there are plenty of other Major League skippers who were in a similar position when they were hired for their current job, such as Mike Matheny, Robin Ventura and Brad Ausmus.

No, what makes Jennings stand out from the crowd is not only that never played professionally, he's moved to the dugout from the general manger's office.

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Front office adjusts to accommodate Jennings

Hill, Samson will share Marlins' GM duties, with input from rest of staff

Front office adjusts to accommodate Jennings

MIAMI -- With Dan Jennings moving on Monday from general manager to serve as the Marlins' manager, Miami's front office will obviously change its operations, although only to an extent.

Instead of replacing Jennings with a new GM, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said during Monday morning's news conference that day-to-day front-office duties will now be handled by himself and team president David Samson, with input from the entire front-office staff.

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