Short-handed outfield sparks Marlins past Rays

Short-handed outfield sparks Marlins past Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Cole Gillespie's RBI single in the eighth drove home the go-ahead run to lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

J.T. Realmuto singled off Tyler Sturdevant to lead off the Marlins' eighth and moved to second on Chris Johnson's sacrifice bunt. Gillespie, who made his first start of the season with fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich out, then laced a single to right that scored Realmuto.

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Gillespie the hero on night of firsts

Limited to pinch-hit duty all season, outfielder had been 0-for-8 with six K's

Gillespie the hero on night of firsts

ST. PETERSBURG -- Cole Gillespie walked toward Miami's clubhouse with white shaving cream smeared over his face as a badge of honor.

On Wednesday night, the Marlins' outfielder became well-acquainted with the thick substance after teammate Miguel Rojas crept behind Gillespie's left shoulder and delivered the celebratory pie to the face of the hero of the night following a 4-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Moved up to cleanup spot, Ozuna keeps hitting

Batting fourth with Stanton out, slugger extends MLB's longest active on-base streak to 32 straight

Moved up to cleanup spot, Ozuna keeps hitting

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Miami's 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Ozuna extended his on-base streak to a Major League-best 32 consecutive games, the longest by a Marlins player since Logan Morrison reached in 34 straight from April 1-June 3, 2011.

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Stanton sits with sore side; Yelich back Friday?

Mattingly hopes 'it's a day or two' for Marlins slugger, who dealt with similar ailment this spring

Stanton sits with sore side; Yelich back Friday?

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was kept out of the lineup Wednesday at Tropicana Field with right side soreness.

Miami manager Don Mattingly said Stanton experienced the soreness sometime during the Marlins' loss to the Rays on Tuesday in Miami. Mattingly saw Stanton, who went 1-for-4 with a home run and one strikeout in the defeat, tugging on his right side early in the game. Mattingly said the soreness wasn't a result of Stanton's final at-bat, which resulted in a groundout to third base in the seventh inning.

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Paddack among top prospect performers Wednesday

Paddack among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Ozuna reaches safely in 31st straight game

Center fielder has worked on plate discipline with hitting coach Bonds

Ozuna reaches safely in 31st straight game

MIAMI -- Make it 31 games and counting for Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

With two doubles and a walk on Tuesday afternoon in Miami's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay at Marlins Park, Ozuna extended his streak of reaching safely to 31 games, the longest such string in the Majors this season.

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Stanton smashes, but Marlins come up short

Stanton smashes, but Marlins come up short

MIAMI -- Logan Morrison remained hot against his former club, as the left-handed-hitting first baseman had three hits, a walk and scored twice on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Morrison made his Major League debut with the Florida Marlins in 2010 and spent four seasons with the club. He came into the game ninth in the American League with a .436 on-base percentage for May (minimum 50 plate appearances) after a .156 April -- last in the league. Over the past 13 games, Morrison has reached base 23 times in 42 plate appearances, and he has 12 walks in 17 games.

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Ichiro turning back clock at age 42

Marlins outfielder now 40 hits shy of 3,000 in MLB career

Ichiro turning back clock at age 42

MIAMI -- Each plate appearance is reason to celebrate, and the Marlins are certainly rejoicing the resurgence of Ichiro Suzuki, the ageless 42-year-old bringing youthful enthusiasm to Miami.

Ichiro slapped out four more hits Monday night, and they were meaningful in the Marlins' 7-6 comeback victory over the Rays at Marlins Park. His big night bumped up his career hit total to 2,960, 40 shy of 3,000. Ichiro is now four hits shy of Sam Crawford (2,964) for 31st place all-time, according to Elias.

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Stanton's HR is latest sign he's finding groove

After rough patch, Miami slugger seeing ball better

Stanton's HR is latest sign he's finding groove

MIAMI -- The explosive swing and familiar trot were back at Marlins Park. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run on Tuesday, and the no-doubt liner was another reminder that he is breaking out of his slide.

Stanton's 12th homer of the season was impressive to watch, but it wasn't enough to rally his club, as the Rays evened the Citrus Series at a game apiece with a 4-3 win.

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Ichiro's 4 hits energize Marlins past Rays

Ichiro's 4 hits energize Marlins past Rays

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki, going strong at age 42, is energizing the Marlins. The veteran outfielder had four singles, one RBI and a run scored on Monday night, and he was in the heart of the club's eighth-inning rally that lifted Miami to a 7-6 win over the Rays at Marlins Park.

Trailing by a run in the eighth, Cole Gillespie lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly, and Martin Prado's RBI groundout brought in the go-ahead run. The Marlins claimed the first of their four-game, two-city Citrus Series with Tampa Bay.

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Yelich used as pinch-hitting decoy vs. Rays

Marlins left fielder dealing with back spasms since Saturday

Yelich used as pinch-hitting decoy vs. Rays

MIAMI -- The Marlins were threatening in the eighth inning on Monday night, and Christian Yelich, wearing a helmet, was lurking in the dugout. The left-handed hitting outfielder actually was announced as a pinch-hitter, but under no circumstances was he going to bat.

Dealing with back spasms, Yelich became a decoy in the inning Miami scored two runs to pull off a 7-6 comeback win over the Rays at Marlins Park.

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Naylor, Poteet among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Naylor, Poteet among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Ichiro moves into 32nd place on all-time hit list

Ichiro moves into 32nd place on all-time hit list

MIAMI -- Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Sunday followed Willie Keeler's famous motto: He hit it "where they ain't."

With two singles off Max Scherzer in Miami's 8-2 loss to the Nationals at Marlins Park, Ichiro gained sole possession of 32nd place on the all-time list with 2,956 career hits, according to Elias.

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Conine to represent Marlins at Draft

Conine to represent Marlins at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Conley struggles as Marlins drop finale to Nats

Conley struggles as Marlins drop finale to Nats

MIAMI -- When Max Scherzer is on his game, the Nationals are in capable hands. The ace once again was sharp, striking out eight over eight innings in an 8-2 win over Miami on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Ben Revere had a breakout game with three hits, two RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored, setting the table for the Nationals to take two of three at Miami and claim a 7-6 season-series edge.

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Fernandez pins down Nats for 5th straight win

Fernandez pins down Nats for 5th straight win

MIAMI -- Facing the the first-place Nationals has brought out the best in Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out nine in six innings, and backed by Justin Bour's two-run home run and Ichiro Suzuki's four-hits, Miami held on for a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

"I think this team has a big heart, and I love the way that we play," Fernandez said. "I love the passion that we play. For me, that's all I can ask for."

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Ichiro, 42, wows with 4 hits in Marlins' win

Veteran outfielder starts in LF for Yelich, who sits with back spasms

Ichiro, 42, wows with 4 hits in Marlins' win

MIAMI -- Saturday started with concern when left fielder Christian Yelich was scratched due to back spasms. But the Marlins received a lift from 42-year-old veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who not only stepped in, but delivered four hits and a walk in a 3-2 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

At 42, Ichiro is the oldest player to go 4-for-4 or better since 45-year-old player/manager Pete Rose went 5-for-5 for the Reds on Aug. 11, 1986. 

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Ramos' great escape act in 9th saves Marlins

Closer induces key double play against Nats with bases loaded

Ramos' great escape act in 9th saves Marlins

MIAMI -- The changeup wasn't working the way Marlins closer A.J. Ramos wanted for most of the inning, but when it mattered most, it became the pitch of the night for him.

Ramos got Jayson Werth to roll the pitch over to third, and Martin Prado did the rest, completing an improbable double play that helped preserve the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday night.

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Brice among top prospect performers Saturday

Cubs' prospect has career-high seven RBIs in win

Brice among top prospect performers Saturday

Double-A Tennessee pulled off a dramatic comeback win Saturday night as they scored nine times in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Biloxi, 10-9.

At the center of the Smokies' late-inning rallies was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth en route to driving in a career-high seven runs.

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Fernandez calls Bour's decisive 2-run homer

Marlins ace stays perfect against Nats, improves to 21-1 at home

Fernandez calls Bour's decisive 2-run homer

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez set the tone on the mound, and he called the game-changing shot in the dugout. When things are going your way, you don't try to explain it, you let it flow.

Fernandez is in one of those grooves. He remained unbeaten against the Nationals on Saturday night as the Marlins rallied for a 3-2 win. The ace right-hander struck out nine, and he also used his power of positive thinking on Justin Bour's two-run homer that was the decisive hit of the night.

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Dunn throws sim game, targets June return

Marlins reliever set to begin rehab assignment on Tuesday at Jupiter

Dunn throws sim game, targets June return

MIAMI -- A target range is in place for Marlins reliever Mike Dunn's return from the disabled list.

Dunn, who has missed all of this season due to a left forearm strain, threw a simulated game on Saturday and he anticipates being reinstated perhaps as early as June 1 or 2.

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Ozuna homers but 4-run 2nd stings Nico

Ozuna homers but 4-run 2nd stings Nico

MIAMI -- Six days after facing Justin Nicolino in Washington, the Nationals had a pretty good idea of what to expect on Friday night. So they came out swinging, and behind second-inning home runs from Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Taylor, the Nationals broke out to a four-run lead and never looked back in a 4-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

"I think he was missing over the plate. I think we just took advantage of it, put a four spot on him," Jayson Werth said. "That was the difference in the game. He's got good stuff."

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Mattingly, Bonds working closely with Giancarlo

Mattingly, Bonds working closely with Giancarlo

MIAMI -- Mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, Giancarlo Stanton got some early work in on Friday afternoon. For about 45 minutes before the team came out to stretch, the three-time All-Star took batting practice on the field, working closely with hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don Mattingly.

But there was no immediate turnaround for Stanton as he went hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts in Miami's 4-1 loss to the Nationals at Marlins Park.

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Marlins reinstate Jackson from disabled list

Marlins reinstate Jackson from disabled list

MIAMI -- A little more than a month after going on the disabled list, Edwin Jackson has rejoined the Marlins' bullpen. The club announced on Friday that the 32-year-old right-hander has been reinstated after being out with a right triceps strain.

The return of Jackson was expected after lefty Jarlin Garcia was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday.

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Marlins option prospect Garcia to Double-A

Marlins option prospect Garcia to Double-A

MIAMI -- The Marlins on Thursday optioned reliever Jarlin Garcia, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the organization's No. 3 prospect, to Double-A Jacksonville. The left-hander was promoted to the big leagues on Sunday, but he heads back to the Minors without appearing in a Major League game.

No corresponding move was announced by the club, but during Miami's recently completed series at Philadelphia, manager Don Mattingly said right-hander Edwin Jackson was close to being reinstated from the disabled list. Jackson, 32, has been on the DL since April 19 with a right triceps strain.

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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.

Inbox: Is extension on horizon for Prado?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from Miami fans

Inbox: Is extension on horizon for Prado?

Has there been any talk of a Martin Prado contract extension? Maybe two to three years?
-- @TitoTwoStrikes

At this point, there are no talks. I spoke to Prado in Spring Training about next year, and he said once the season started, his focus would be entirely on 2016, not negotiating. So it's doubtful any talks would start until either late in the season or in the offseason. The Marlins also appear willing to let the season play out, and they are in no rush. At this stage of his career, I sense Prado wants to be on a contender, with a real shot at winning a World Series.

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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.

Three-run third spoils Koehler's quality start

Three-run third spoils Koehler's quality start

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson, changing speeds and overcoming a rough first inning, kept the Phillies in position to rally like they've done so often this season. Cameron Rupp's two-run single was enough cushion for Philadelphia to claim a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Andres Blanco delivered an RBI double in the Phillies' three-run third inning off Tom Koehler. Able to erase a two-run deficit in the first, Philadelphia took two of three in the series, while Miami capped its road trip at 3-4.

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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.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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