Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

Outfielder scores his 1,342nd run in Majors, had 658 in nine seasons in Japan

Ichiro scores his 2,000th professional run

ATLANTA -- Ichiro Suzuki provided more than an important insurance run in the eighth inning of the Marlins' 4-0 win on Monday night over the Braves at Turner Field. The 41-year-old reached another impressive milestone.

The run was the 2,000th of his professional career, including 1,342 in the big leagues and 658 during his nine seasons in Japan.

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Gillespie's homer helps Marlins defeat Braves

Gillespie's homer helps Marlins defeat Braves

ATLANTA -- Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.

Gillespie's one-out solo shot accounted for the only run surrendered during the seven-inning effort provided by Miller, who has not earned a win since coming one out shy of no-hitting the Marlins on May 17. The Braves right-hander has posted a strong 3.12 ERA during his 19-start winless streak, but this marked the ninth time during the span he received zero runs of support.

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Narveson pitches well despite developing blister

Narveson pitches well despite developing blister

ATLANTA -- The September call-up period is coming just in time for the Marlins, who are running out of healthy starting pitching options. The rotation suffered another setback in Monday's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field when Chris Narveson was replaced after 5 1/3 innings due to a blister to his left middle finger.

Narveson recently became the 13th different starter for Miami, which matches a franchise most for a season. The 33-year-old limited the Braves to two hits and no runs before he exited after 90 pitches and a win.

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Nicolino to take mound as Marlins take on Braves

Nicolino to take mound as Marlins take on Braves

The future is about to begin for Cuban sensation Hector Olivera, who is expected to make his Major League debut for the Braves on Tuesday against the Marlins at Turner Field.

The 30-year-old third baseman was the centerpiece of the return Atlanta gained when top prospect Jose Peraza and Alex Wood were traded to the Dodgers on July 30.

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Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

Slugger will take field for Class A Advanced Jupiter, weather permitting

Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Weather permitting, Giancarlo Stanton will be back on the field Tuesday in a rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Initially, the plan was to get the three-time All-Star into a game on Monday, but the storm system that has impacted South Florida caused that game to be postponed. On Tuesday, the Hammerheads will be playing a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET, and the Marlins are still deciding if the slugger will play in one or parts of both games.

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Bour, Dietrich will get chance to play vs. lefties

Bour, Dietrich will get chance to play vs. lefties

ATLANTA -- In Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich, the Marlins have two left-handed hitters with power potential. Each has reached the double-digit mark in home runs.

Still, there are questions if either one will develop into an everyday player. The Marlins plan on using these final weeks to help find out, and they got an opportunity in Monday's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

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Fast start goes for naught in finale vs. Nats

Fast start goes for naught in finale vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- A combination of long balls and long rallies paced the Nationals on Sunday as they clinched their fourth consecutive series victory with a 7-4 win over the Marlins at Nationals Park. Washington remains 5 1/2 games back of the Mets, who beat the Red Sox, 5-4.

"We've got a long way to go," outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We've got a tough three-game road trip in St. Louis. We need to keep winning series and keep winning ballgames to give ourselves a chance. I don't think anybody in here has given up. I think everyone believes in each other and believes in this team. We've got a long way to go."

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Yelich to be handled carefully after pinch-hit

Yelich to be handled carefully after pinch-hit

WASHINGTON -- There is nothing wrong with Christian Yelich's swing, as evidenced by his pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 7-4 loss to the Nationals on Sunday at Nationals Park.

What's troubling the 23-year-old Miami outfielder is a lingering right knee bruise that is limiting his availability. Yelich's single to right off Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday was his first game action since Wednesday against Pittsburgh, as he's been dealing with a bruised knee since banging it against the outfield wall in Atlanta on Aug. 9. He went on the disabled list on Aug. 15, retroactive to Aug. 10, and he was reinstated on Tuesday.

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Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

Cosart among injured Marlins hurlers on mend

WASHINGTON -- Pitching depth is close to becoming a reality for the Marlins again, as the club is expected to receive some reinforcements after rosters expand on Tuesday.

Miami has several pitchers on the disabled list who are getting close to rejoining the roster. Jarred Cosart (left inner ear disorder) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday, and Jose Urena (left knee contusion) is scheduled to throw two innings for Jupiter on Monday.

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Miami not expecting to make any more trades

Miami not expecting to make any more trades

WASHINGTON -- A month ago, the Marlins were active before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, moving reliever Steve Cishek, right-handers Mat Latos and Dan Haren and first baseman Michael Morse in three separate deals.

Barring anything unforeseen, Miami is expected to stand pat before Monday's waiver Trade Deadline. In August, teams have called on third baseman Martin Prado, but Miami maintained he wasn't available.

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Homers hurt Koehler, Marlins in Washington

Homers hurt Koehler, Marlins in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Backed by three home runs, including back-to-back blasts from Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond in the sixth inning, Jordan Zimmermann turned in seven strong innings in the Nationals' 5-1 series-tying victory against the Marlins on Saturday night.

Zimmermann, who improved to 11-8 with the win, scattered seven hits. Justin Bour's second-deck home run in the seventh was the only interruption in a string of zeros.

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Bour hits Stanton-esque, second-deck blast

Bour hits Stanton-esque, second-deck blast

WASHINGTON -- In terms of power, no one in baseball seriously rivals Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. But leading off the seventh inning in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Nationals, Justin Bour showed he can offer pop from the left side.

Bour blistered a thunderous home run into the second deck at Nationals Park off Jordan Zimmermann, which proved to be the Marlins' only run on the night. Statcast™ projected the drive landed 452 feet from home plate, with an exit velocity of 113 mph.

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Marlins making difficult plays look easy

Marlins making difficult plays look easy

WASHINGTON -- Defensive gems are occurring so routinely for the Marlins these days that spectacular plays have almost become routine.

If not for some stellar plays in the field on Saturday, a 5-1 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday night could have been considerably worse.

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Marlins like Prado's presence, now and for 2016

Marlins like Prado's presence, now and for 2016

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins are not where they'd like to be in the standings, but there are some veteran leaders on the club who are helping steer the young players in the right direction.

Martin Prado, signed through next season, is one of the few core players with a long track record. Miami has made it clear to other teams the third baseman is not a trade piece.

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Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

Rookie Barraclough proves lucky and good

WASHINGTON -- On the stat sheet, A.J. Ramos was credited with the save on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. Unofficially, you can chalk up a glove save to rookie reliever Kyle Barraclough, the recipient of a fortunate bounce that helped wiggle Miami out of a jam.

Barraclough, in his ninth big league game, was put in a dubious bases-loaded, no-out spot while trying to preserve a two-run lead. He did a masterful job minimizing damage, and he ended the inning by deflecting Wilson Ramos' hot smash to second baseman Dee Gordon, who completed the out.

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Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

Marlins get to Scherzer early, hold off Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins scored four runs in the first four innings off Max Scherzer on Friday night, then held on tight, earning a 4-3 win over the Nationals in the series opener.

Scherzer's counterpart, rookie Adam Conley, limited the Nats to three runs on six hits over five-plus innings in his fifth career start. Washington squandered its best chance to erase the deficit when it loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but managed only one run.

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No DL stint, but Yelich likely to miss rest of trip

No DL stint, but Yelich likely to miss rest of trip

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins are not anticipating placing Christian Yelich on the disabled list, but it also appears doubtful the 23-year-old left fielder will be able to play on this six-game road trip.

Yelich aggravated his bruised right knee while diving back to first base on Tuesday night and played through the injury on Wednesday before sitting out the next two games. The best guess on when he returns is after the swelling in the knee subsides.

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Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Facing Max Scherzer is not an easy task for any hitter, yet throughout the years, Martin Prado has enjoyed success against one of the top right-handers in the game.

Prado came up big again on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. The Miami third baseman connected on a two-run homer in third inning that put his team ahead to stay.

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Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

Cosart could start for Marlins during next homestand

WASHINGTON -- If everything progresses in his next rehab-assignment start, Jarred Cosart could be ready to rejoin the Marlins' rotation in the middle of their next homestand.

Before making the big league step, Cosart will have one more start in the Minor Leagues, possibly on Tuesday at Class A Advanced Jupiter. However, the storm off the coast of Florida may decide if that assignment is moved elsewhere.

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Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Miami second baseman is Gold Glove candidate, hitting .333 with 45 SB

Dee's talent only surpassed by his character

Since there are so many wonderful things to say about Dee Gordon, it's difficult to decide where to start.

OK, what about here? He's honest.

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Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

Marlins rally late, but can't catch Pirates

MIAMI -- Pirates ace Gerrit Cole made an overdue return to the win column Thursday night at Marlins Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings and picking up his 15th victory as the Bucs beat the Marlins, 2-1.

It was Cole's first win, and his longest start, since July 26. He had been 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA in August, albeit with a pair of quality starts, before holding the Marlins to one run on five hits, while striking out four.

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Ozuna boasts upward trend against Pirates

Marlins center fielder logs two hits in each game of Pirates series

Ozuna boasts upward trend against Pirates

MIAMI -- The sight of black and gold may just have been what Marcell Ozuna needed to get his bat going again.

In Miami's 2-1 loss to the Pirates on Thursday, the Marlins center fielder went 2-for-4 for his third two-hit game of the series. The righty's hot hitting in the four-game set (6-for-16) boosted his career total vs. the Pirates at Marlins Park to 10-for-27 (.370) in seven games.

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Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

Marlins manager has long been a proponent of moving in fences

Jennings favors changing ballpark dimensions

MIAMI -- Miami manager Dan Jennings is in favor of the Marlins Park fences being moved in, as well as lowered, in the offseason.

While team president David Samson said Wednesday that the organization is considering making the adjustments to the spacious ballpark, Jennings said prior to Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh that he is all for them.

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Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

Right-hander tosses 3 1/3 hitless innings during loss to Pirates

Cordier making most of opportunity with Marlins

MIAMI -- When Erik Cordier was released from the Giants on Aug. 1, the right-handed reliever chose to sign with Miami because he saw an opportunity.

"I pretty much told [manager Dan Jennings] that I'd do whatever it takes to throw, get as many innings as I can and show that I can be a reliable arm in the big leagues," he said.

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Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

Miami tied for 26th in MLB with 42 HRs at home this season

Marlins to consider moving in fences at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- On what is shaping up as a lengthy "to do" list for the Marlins in the offseason will be addressing the dimensions at spacious Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the organization is considering moving in and lowering the fences at one of Major League Baseball's toughest places to hit home runs.

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Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

Early deficit too much for Marlins to overcome

MIAMI -- It had been a frustrating month for Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke. Even as Pittsburgh kept winning, Locke often struggled. He hadn't finished the sixth inning in six starts. His ERA during that stretch started with a six. But he put that behind him Wednesday night at Marlins Park, firing seven strong innings as the Pirates cruised to a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning, giving Locke plenty of room to work with. And Locke took full advantage of the early run support, getting better as the night wore on in his best start of the second half.

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Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

Injury-riddled staff has used 13 different starters this season

Marlins may use six-man rotation in September

MIAMI -- Mounting injuries have resulted in the Marlins using 13 different starting pitchers this season, which matches a franchise high. In the upcoming weeks, the club hopes to have Jose Fernandez (right biceps strain) and Jarred Cosart (vertigo) reinstated from the disabled list.

In hopes of preserving some of the young arms, manager Dan Jennings said the club is considering going with a six-man rotation in September.

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Stanton could return by next Friday

Stanton could return by next Friday

MIAMI -- A timeline has been established as to when Giancarlo Stanton may be back in the Marlins' lineup. The All-Star right fielder says he is hopeful to be back in about a week and a half, which means unofficially it could be the Sept. 4 series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Marlins reinstated left fielder Christian Yelich on Tuesday while placing right-hander Kendry Flores (right shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list. The hope is to have Stanton, Yelich and most of the regulars back for the final month of the season.

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Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check

MIAMI -- Lefty Brad Hand threw a career-high eight-plus innings, silencing the Pirates' lineup and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the National League Wild Card leaders Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Hand scattered nine hits but held Pittsburgh to two runs, striking out five without walking a batter. He left the game in the ninth after serving up two singles to start the inning, which set up the Pirates to load the bases and make it a three-run game. But Marlins closer A.J. Ramos got Sean Rodriguez to fly out to center field, stranding a pair of runners to record his 22nd save.

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'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

'Sparkplug' Gordon matches career high in steals

MIAMI -- Tuesday's contest had Dee Gordon's name written all over it, and -- not by coincidence -- the Marlins earned a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. The speedy second baseman put his stamp on the game by tying a career high with four stolen bases, notching two hits and scoring two runs.

"To see him be able to grab four bags tonight was huge for us because he is the catalyst," manager Dan Jennings said. "He was our sparkplug."

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