Before donning special helmet, Stanton takes first live BP

Having not faced a pitcher since being hit in face, slugger tracks pitches, but doesn't swing

Before donning special helmet, Stanton takes first live BP

JUPITER, Fla. -- The result wasn't very eventful, but the occasion was monumental for the Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the batter's box on Thursday morning and saw live pitching for the first time since being struck in the face by a pitch at Milwaukee last September.

It was a significant step, but it wasn't very exciting, as Stanton tracked all 10 pitches he saw. The slugger didn't swing at any of the five offerings from right-hander Henderson Alvarez in his first round and lefty Brad Hand in his second.

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Stolen-base king Gordon focused on runs, not running

Stolen-base king Gordon focused on runs, not running

JUPITER, Fla. -- Swiping a Major League-most 64 bases in 2014 doesn't have Dee Gordon thirsting for more. You won't hear the Marlins second baseman boasting that he is aiming for some astronomical number like 100.

What matters most to Gordon is getting on base, and ultimately scoring runs. As much attention as he received for being the stolen-base king a year ago with the Dodgers, the fleet-footed second baseman brings up the fact he also scored 92 runs.

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Marlins hitters get chance to step into box against pitchers

Marlins hitters get chance to step into box against pitchers

JUPITER, Fla. -- After two days of going through the fundamentals, the Marlins took things up a notch Thursday. For the first time this spring, pitchers faced hitters in live batting practice.

It's not typically a fun day for hitters, because pitchers already have had a head start in their preparations. But it represents a big step for batters to get tuned up for Spring Training games, which start next week.

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Redmond working to keep Stanton, outfielders fresh

Marlins manager to discuss plan with slugger; addition of Ichiro offers options

Redmond working to keep Stanton, outfielders fresh

JUPITER, Fla. -- Keeping Giancarlo Stanton healthy and productive over the long haul is the Marlins' main objective over simply making sure the slugger appears in all 162 games. Having Ichiro Suzuki as a fourth outfielder gives manager Mike Redmond flexibility in setting his lineup.

One of Stanton's goals in 2014 was to play in every game, and he was on pace to do so before being struck on the face by a pitch on Sept. 11.

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Stanton first athlete on SI cover in body paint

Stanton first athlete on SI cover in body paint

JUPITER, Fla. -- Add another first to Giancarlo Stanton's growing legacy. The Marlins' All-Star right fielder is now the first athlete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated adorned in body paint.

Featured under the headline "Model Slugger" is the defined torso of Stanton, arms folded, sporting an expertly painted Miami uniform. The detail is so precise, and it includes his trademark compression sleeve.

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Comeback candidate Masset could carve niche in Miami

Comeback candidate Masset could carve niche in Miami

JUPITER, Fla. -- The life on his fastball is back, and so is his confidence. Now, it's just a matter of seeing if Nick Masset can regain his old form.

With the Reds from 2009-11, Masset was one of the most durable and dependable setup relievers in the game. But injuries and bad luck derailed his career, and now the 32-year-old from St. Petersburg is hoping to latch on with the Marlins as a non-roster invitee.

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Team-first mentality theme of Marlins' Day 1

Before initial full-squad workout of spring, several players speak at annual club meeting

Team-first mentality theme of Marlins' Day 1

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins literally wore one of their primary messages on their backs Tuesday afternoon. "Team First" is written across the backs of players' workout T-shirts.

On the front of the black shirts is "305 Club," noting Miami's area code. From the first day of full-squad workouts, the organization is stressing the importance of pulling together.

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Stanton on Marlins as contenders: 'We've got to do it'

Slugger says club has assembled talent to play in October, but reminds it's up to players to perform

Stanton on Marlins as contenders: 'We've got to do it'

JUPITER, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton is a two-time All-Star, a home run champion and a National League MVP runner-up. But for the first time in years, the 25-year-old slugger actually feels part of a playoff contender.

Asked directly on Tuesday if the Marlins are a postseason team, Stanton responded: "Yes. We'll see."

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Ichiro wants name included in young Marlins outfield

Veteran talks age, road to 3,000 hits, playing behind trio of Yelich, Ozuna, Stanton

Ichiro wants name included in young Marlins outfield

JUPITER, Fla. -- Age is just a number to Ichiro Suzuki. The fact the he is 41 years old doesn't mean he is thinking about slowing down any time soon.

The Marlins sport one of the best young outfields in baseball, and Ichiro wants his name included with the crowd.

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Stanton to use spring to get acclimated to face guard

Slugger taking precaution, but says no lingering effects from being hit in face in September

Stanton to use spring to get acclimated to face guard

JUPITER, Fla. -- When it is time to face live pitching, it will be business as usual for Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins slugger insists he will step into the box with full confidence, like any of his previous at-bats.

But just in case, Stanton will wear a special face guard as a precaution.

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Marlins stockpile arms for spring bullpen battle

Competition includes fifth-starter candidates Phelps, Hand, with lefty out of options

Marlins stockpile arms for spring bullpen battle

JUPITER, Fla. -- Strength in numbers was an objective the Marlins considered when putting together their bullpen. There are no shortage of quality candidates this spring for only a few spots.

"I like our arms," manager Mike Redmond said. "One of the things we talked about this offseason was more depth, and being able to sign some guys who give us that extra depth. I think we've been able to do that."

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Nicolino, Marlins' top prospects getting time to develop

Lefty continues to impress as he moves up ladder, but Miami won't rush him to big leagues

Nicolino, Marlins' top prospects getting time to develop

JUPITER, Fla. -- Patience is indeed becoming a virtue for the Marlins when it comes to one of their top prospects. Justin Nicolino, the 2014 Southern League Pitcher of the Year, is a promising 23-year-old left-hander with pinpoint control and a winning track record.

The organization is getting a long look at Nicolino in Spring Training, but the team is refraining from rushing him to the big leagues. It's not just a strategy for Nicolino, but with a number of the club's young pitchers.

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Marlins' full squad set to take field for first time

Marlins' full squad set to take field for first time

JUPITER, Fla. -- All the pieces were assembled in the offseason. Starting on Tuesday, they finally will come together and be on the field at the same time.

The Marlins open full-squad workouts at around 1 p.m. ET, meaning it will be the first time pitchers and position players will get together.

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Johnson out to prove there's more left in the tank

At 38, pinch-hitting specialist eyes final spot on Marlins' roster

Johnson out to prove there's more left in the tank

JUPITER, Fla. -- Coaching may be part of Reed Johnson's future. But in the present, the 38-year-old's primary focus is on making the team.

A non-roster invite to Marlins camp, Johnson finds himself in a similar spot as last year -- trying to prove he has more game left in him.

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Ichiro Suzuki arrives at Spring Training to fanfare

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Ichiro Suzuki arrives at Spring Training to fanfare

The Marlins hit Roger Dean Stadium at full strength for the first time Tuesday afternoon, but their brand new outfielder is already set to be elected city councilman, mayor, governor, president, king and galactic overlord of Jupiter, Florida.

Because not only is Ichiro Suzuki ageless, he is also the most popular human being on planet Earth.

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Samson: Miami poised to be 'epicenter of baseball'

Marlins president says stars Stanton, Ichiro make club an international attraction

Samson: Miami poised to be 'epicenter of baseball'

JUPITER, Fla. -- The way Marlins president David Samson sees it, Miami's time has come. Mired in so much uncertainty for so long, the franchise and market are on the cusp of something big.

Signing Giancarlo Stanton to a record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract set in motion the rebranding of the organization. And the Marlins' reach became even more global with the pickup of Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki.

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With some Senior Circuit seasoning, Salty set to shine

After tough transition to NL, ex-Boston catcher ready to rebound in Year 2 in Miami

With some Senior Circuit seasoning, Salty set to shine

JUPITER, Fla. -- Familiarity may ultimately breed success for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

A year ago, the Marlins catcher went through the transition of switching from the American League to National League. The results weren't what the 29-year-old anticipated.

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Yelich keeps sense of humor about final out of no-no

Yelich keeps sense of humor about final out of no-no

JUPITER, Fla. -- If Christian Yelich could jump into the Hot Tub Time Machine and reverse a moment in history, he would make that deep fly ball land in the left-center-field gap at Nationals Park. But since he can't, he must live with the end result, knowing it's a replay that will be shown for years to come.

Yelich found himself on the wrong side of history on the final day of the 2014 season. Washington's Steven Souza robbed Yelich of an extra-base hit in the ninth inning for the final out of Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter.

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Prado embraces new opportunity with Marlins

Prado embraces new opportunity with Marlins

MIAMI -- Once the initial shock of the trade wore off, Martin Prado quickly embraced the opportunity to join an up-and-coming Marlins team.

The 31-year-old was acquired from the Yankees to offer leadership and stability to a roster with rising stars like Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Marlins monitoring reliever market

Marlins monitoring reliever market

MIAMI -- The Marlins assembled plenty of right-handed relief depth this offseason. Still, the club is open to adding another piece to the bullpen, if the price is right.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill on Saturday said the team continues to explore who is on the market. The most high-profile name belongs to free agent Francisco Rodriguez.

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Latos cautions Fernandez to take his time

Latos cautions Fernandez to take his time

MIAMI -- Mat Latos has some words of advice for Jose Fernandez -- take your time.

As eager as the Marlins are to have Fernandez back in their rotation, Latos cautions not to rush the 22-year-old. Fernandez is battling back from Tommy John surgery, and he is expected to be ready between June 15-July 15.

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New Miami hurler Haren affirms commitment to Marlins

After talk of West Coast preference, potential retirement, veteran clears air at camp

New Miami hurler Haren affirms commitment to Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- Before throwing as much as a warmup pitch on Friday, Dan Haren cleared the air about the circumstances leading up to him joining the Marlins.

Haren was acquired from the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings in December as part of the Dee Gordon trade, but the 34-year-old took about a month to decide if he would either retire or join his new club. During that span, the right-hander also expressed his preference to pitch on the West Coast.

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Cautious Fernandez could throw off mound by March 1

Unsure when he'll debut in 2015, Marlins ace feeling good in rehab from Tommy John surgery

Cautious Fernandez could throw off mound by March 1

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jose Fernandez continues to play catch every day, but when it comes to his return from Tommy John surgery, the Marlins' ace is playing it smart.

Fernandez and the Marlins are approaching the comeback cautiously. The 22-year-old remains on his long-toss throwing schedule, and he could be tossing off a mound as early as March 1.

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New Marlins pitchers among those to settle in on Day 1

Latos, Haren join fray as Miami opens spring camp with plenty of promise

New Marlins pitchers among those to settle in on Day 1

JUPITER, Fla. -- On paper, the Marlins look to have a competitive club. If first impressions mean anything, the team looks like it comes as advertised.

The much-anticipated opening of Spring Training took place on a frigid 37-degree Friday morning at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Temperatures did warm up to the mid-50s in the afternoon when pitchers and catchers began workouts.

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Redmond, Marlins weigh in on rule changes

Redmond, Marlins weigh in on rule changes

JUPITER, Fla. -- Each season, the first day of Spring Training brings its share of challenges. A new wrinkle to the start of Marlins camp on Friday is the fact Major League Baseball is instituting pace-of-game rules.

Manager Mike Redmond was scrambling all morning to get the first day of workouts underway that he didn't have much time to review the changes. But as Spring Training progresses, the club will ingrain the revisions into its players.

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McKeon excited about Marlins' busy offseason

'Trader Jack' believes changing personnel is a key to consistent success

McKeon excited about Marlins' busy offseason

MIAMI -- All the wheeling and dealing throughout Major League Baseball this offseason has made "Trader Jack" McKeon proud. It may be 2015, but the widespread player movement reminds McKeon of his days in San Diego, where he never hesitated to make a deal if something made sense.

The "Trader Jack" nickname was bestowed upon McKeon when he was the proactive general manager of the Padres from 1981-88. No one was off limits. He dealt eventual Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Ozzie Smith and Rich Gossage. McKeon even moved his own son-in-law, Greg Booker.

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Marlins must address three big questions this spring

Team eager to monitor Stanton, Fernandez, newcomers at camp

Marlins must address three big questions this spring

MIAMI -- Finally, it is time to play. After spending months putting together a roster expected to contend, the Marlins are primed for action.

Pitchers and catchers begin workouts around 1 p.m. ET Friday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. It will be the first time the newly constructed squad takes the field.

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Marlins hire Harris as assistant hitting coach

Member of 2003 World Series title team holds MLB record for pinch-hits

Marlins hire Harris as assistant hitting coach

MIAMI -- Another part of the Marlins' 2003 World Series championship squad is joining Miami's big league coaching staff. Lenny Harris, a valued bench player on the organization's second title team, has been hired as the assistant hitting coach.

Harris, MLB's all-time pinch-hit leader, also offers a left-handed-hitting perspective to complement hitting coach Frank Menechino, a former big league infielder who batted from the right side.

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Speed, power, versatility added to Marlins lineup

Speed, power, versatility added to Marlins lineup

MIAMI -- The Marlins made plenty of strides in 2014, improving their win total by 15 games, and staying within striking distance of a National League Wild Card spot into mid-September. Compared to their rough 100-loss campaign in '13, there were plenty of positives.

Miami's mission this year is to take a giant step forward. The front office reshaped the roster, adding the speed of Dee Gordon, the power of Michael Morse and the overall consistency of Martin Prado to the lineup, while also acquiring Mat Latos and Dan Haren to round out the rotation.

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