Fernandez homers in season debut

Leads off fifth with blast to ignite Marlins' rally

Fernandez homers in season debut

MIAMI -- The long wait was to see Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez pitch. But the Marlins' ace energized the crowd on Thursday afternoon with his bat.

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Right-hander Urena optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander Urena optioned to Triple-A

MIAMI -- After making seven starts in his second stint with Miami this season, Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Urena was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans prior to Thursday afternoon's contest against the Giants because of the return of ace Jose Fernandez.

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Jitters building as Fernandez set to return

Jitters building as Fernandez set to return

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez has waited nearly 14 months to return to a big league game, but that doesn't mean Miami's ace will be well-rested for his 12:10 p.m. ET start on Thursday against the Giants at Marlins Park.

The anticipation of the start has the energetic 22-year-old so amped up, he doesn't anticipate getting a good night's sleep.

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Walk-off hero Bour resilient after rough month

Walk-off hero Bour resilient after rough month

MIAMI -- Flipping the calendar worked in Justin Bour's favor on Wednesday night. The 27-year-old first baseman, who batted .138 in June, opened July with a 2-for-4 performance that featured a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Giants at Marlins Park.

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Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off vs. Giants

Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off vs. Giants

MIAMI -- A mistake-filled night by the Marlins ended in dramatic walk-off fashion on Wednesday, when Justin Bour belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.

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Defensive-wizard Marlins have tough night in field

Miami makes season-high three errors, which nearly costs them before Bour's heroics

Defensive-wizard Marlins have tough night in field

MIAMI -- If it wasn't for Justin Bour's heroics in a 6-5 win on Wednesday night against the Giants, the Marlins' sloppy defense would have been at the forefront of an ugly loss.

When Bour connected on a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning, he bailed out a Miami defense that committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs. Ironically, the Marlins entered the contest with a Major League-low 30 errors.

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Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

MIAMI -- With Marlins ace Jose Fernandez returning on Thursday, it was time for the departure of the hair and beard of Andres Salgado -- aka "The Jose Guy."

"The hair comes and goes," Salgado said prior to Wednesday's game against the Giants at Marlins Park. "But to have a caliber player like Jose is amazing."

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Marlins top Giants with homers inside and out

Marlins top Giants with homers inside and out

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon's first home run of the season was an exhausting one, as the speedy second baseman delivered a three-run, inside-the-park homer that energized the Marlins in their 5-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

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Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

MIAMI -- With his blazing speed, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was considered the most likely Miami player to log an inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. On Tuesday night, the projection came true.

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Keep Gordon in lead before ASG voting ends

With balloting over Thursday, Marlins 2B in good position; injured Stanton second in OF

Keep Gordon in lead before ASG voting ends

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon, one of the fastest players in the game, is running away from the pack in the race for the National League All-Star second-base spot. The Marlins speedster holds a commanding lead over St. Louis' Kolten Wong in the final stages of the voting process on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Gordon is seeking to become the first Miami position player to be voted in as a starter since Hanley Ramirez was selected by the fans three straight seasons (2008-10). Giancarlo Stanton also remains in second place among outfielders, but the Marlins slugger won't be able to participate due to his broken left hand.

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Latos keeps fighting for Marlins with solid start

Righty ignores trade speculation, allows two earned runs in six innings

Latos keeps fighting for Marlins with solid start

MIAMI -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, Marlins starter Mat Latos knows he can only control so much -- particularly, his performance, which was solid in Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Giants at Marlins Park.

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Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

Marlins first baseman likely to return for Cubs series; Nicolino sent down

Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

MIAMI -- With two Major League starts under his belt, Miami rookie Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans prior to Tuesday's series opener vs. the Giants at Marlins Park, while reliever Bryan Morris returned to the club from the 15-day disabled list.

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Marlins promote Austin Nola to the 'Nola' Zephyrs

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Marlins promote Austin Nola to the 'Nola' Zephyrs

On Sunday, the Marlins promoted shortstop Austin Nola to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs as part of the personnel shuffle following Giancarlo Stanton's trip to the disabled list. No big deal, right? Well, this is one of the jerseys Nola will be wearing as a Zephyr.

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Brice strikes out career-high 13 for Suns

Marlins No. 15 prospect has the longest start of his career, No. 19 prospect belts first Double-A homer

Brice strikes out career-high 13 for Suns

Marlins Double-A affiliate Jacksonville got one of the season's best pitching performances from No. 15 prospect Austin Brice, as well as a big day at the plate from No. 19 prospect J.T. Riddle.

Brice was unquestionably the star of the Sun's 12-1 win over Biloxi on Monday. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went off, striking out 13 while giving up one hit and one walk in eight shutout innings. His strikeout total was a new career-high and only the second time Brice has notched double-digit Ks in his six years of pro ball.

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Gordon, Hechavarria lead Marlins' infield

Miami's dynamic duo headlines baseball's top-ranked defense

Gordon, Hechavarria lead Marlins' infield

MIAMI -- It started in February on the back fields of the Marlins' Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla. -- mostly after the regular work each day was done.

There, Miami's young dynamic middle infield of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and second baseman Dee Gordon -- who had yet to play together -- took extra grounders, practiced flips and basically just got a feel for one another.

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Stanton has surgery; Marlins confirm timeframe

Stanton has surgery; Marlins confirm timeframe

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton had surgery performed on his left hand on Sunday, and the Marlins' All-Star right fielder is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Patrick Owens, a hand specialist, at the University of Miami Hospital. All indications are that the slugger should recover within the projected timeframe.

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Marlins shut out by Greinke, Dodgers in finale

Marlins shut out by Greinke, Dodgers in finale

MIAMI -- The dry spell is finally over for Zack Greinke, who threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over Miami on Sunday at Marlins Park. The victory was the All-Star's first since May 5, a span of 10 outings.

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Castellanos on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Castellanos on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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World Series hero Beckett honored in Miami

World Series hero Beckett honored in Miami

MIAMI -- Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP, returned to his roots on Sunday as the Marlins honored the now retired right-hander from Texas at Marlins Park.

Miami paid tribute with "Josh Beckett Appreciation Day," with the first 10,000 fans at the park receiving replica '03 championship rings.

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Rookie Urena maturing, minimizing damage

Rookie Urena maturing, minimizing damage

MIAMI -- Sometimes issuing walks isn't necessarily a bad thing, and Jose Urena faced one of those situations in Miami's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday at Marlins Park.

In the fifth inning of a scoreless game, Urena worked carefully around Joc Pederson, who eventually walked with one out and Jimmy Rollins on third. The free pass set up a potential double play that the Marlins nearly executed, which would have saved a run.

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Koehler seizes much-needed stopper role

Koehler seizes much-needed stopper role

MIAMI -- In the face of adversity, Marlins manager Dan Jennings was perfectly comfortable putting Saturday's game in the hands of Tom Koehler.

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Stanton-less Marlins sink Kershaw, sloppy Dodgers

Stanton-less Marlins sink Kershaw, sloppy Dodgers

MIAMI -- With Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, the Marlins are searching for ways to manufacture runs. They capitalized on two errors Saturday, scoring two unearned runs, and edged the Dodgers, 3-2, at Marlins Park.

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Could Stanton make quick recovery?

Baker offers insight into hamate injury; teammates try to pick up slack with slugger out

Could Stanton make quick recovery?

MIAMI -- From personal experience, Marlins infielder Jeff Baker can relate to what Giancarlo Stanton is going through.

Baker, who has had several hand/wrist procedures, broke the hamate bone in his left hand several years ago. Based on what he knows about the injury, he wouldn't be surprised if Stanton returns in less than a month.

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Marlins amass enough offense to win without star

Marlins amass enough offense to win without star

MIAMI -- The Dodgers were in a giving mood on Saturday, and the Marlins -- having gone through so much strife of late -- were gladly willing to receive.

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Injured Stanton, Marlins can't pick up Nicolino

Injured Stanton, Marlins can't pick up Nicolino

MIAMI -- Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson, the Major League leader in inducing ground balls, lived up to his billing on Friday night, keeping the ball on the ground while also striking out a season-high 10 in seven innings of a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

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Lessons learned for Nicolino, new reliever Cosart

Lessons learned for Nicolino, new reliever Cosart

MIAMI -- For Justin Nicolino, Friday was a reminder that in the big leagues, you pay for your mistakes. For Jarred Cosart, the night was a first experience throwing out of the bullpen.

Understandably, both endured some growing pains in the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Dodgers at Marlins Park.

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Jennings stresses Marlins' talent in team meeting

Jennings stresses Marlins' talent in team meeting

MIAMI -- After a demoralizing three-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, Marlins manager Dan Jennings called a team meeting on Friday in hopes of sending a signal of support to the players.

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Adeiny homers, but Marlins fall to Cardinals

Adeiny homers, but Marlins fall to Cardinals

MIAMI -- Lance Lynn was in control over six shutout innings, and he received some help from an unsung Cardinals hero, shortstop Pete Kozma, who stepped up at the plate and in the field on a night Jhonny Peralta was given a breather.

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