Yelich, Bour go deep in victory to begin spring

Yelich, Bour go deep in victory to begin spring

JUPITER, Fla. -- The ball was flying out of Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and Tyler Moore's drive in the seventh inning ended up being the difference in the Marlins' 8-7 victory over the Cardinals in the Grapefruit League opener.

On the sunny day, five home runs were hit, with Miami collecting three. Matt Carpenter belted a two-run shot, and Harrison Bader delivered a solo shot for the Cardinals. Christian Yelich and Justin Bour each went deep in the third inning off Seung Hwan Oh. Moore's two-out shot in the seventh inning reclaimed the lead for the Marlins.

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Marlins show left-handed power potential

Yelich hits two-run blast, Bour adds solo homer off Cards righty Oh

Marlins show left-handed power potential

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins showed a glimpse of the left-handed power potential they have in the middle of the order. In the third inning on Saturday, Christian Yelich blasted a two-run home run off Cardinals right-hander Seung Hwan Oh, and two batters later, Justin Bour followed with a solo shot.

Two swings, three runs at Roger Dean Stadium in the Grapefruit League opener. It's the kind of production Miami is expecting to see from their two most dangerous left-handed hitters.

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Ichiro improving; Locke won't throw for 7 days

Ichiro improving; Locke won't throw for 7 days

JUPITER, Fla. -- An MRI didn't reveal any structural damage, but Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke is on no-throw status for the next seven days.

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, meanwhile, is progressing from back tightness and a bruised right quadriceps. The 43-year-old outfielder is playing catch and doing some light hitting.

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Stanton among regulars to get nod in spring opener

Stanton among regulars to get nod in spring opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- After 11 straight days of working on fundamentals, the Marlins are ready for some game action. They'll get their first test on Saturday against the club they share the Roger Dean Stadium complex with.

The Marlins open their Grapefruit League schedule at 1:05 p.m. ET as the home team against the Cardinals. The game will be shown on MLB.TV. Edinson Volquez gets the starting pitching nod, and a majority of the regulars -- including Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton -- are scheduled to start.

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Ozuna's training partners: Cano, Puig, more

At M's star's baseball academy, Marlins outfielder got down to business

Ozuna's training partners: Cano, Puig, more

JUPITER, Fla. -- On any given day in the offseason, it's basically a "who's who" of big league talent that gathers at Robinson Cano's baseball academy in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.

Cano -- the All-Star second baseman with the Mariners -- opens his place up to his friends, and there's no shortage of star power that trains in his gym and on his field. Among the regulars is Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, a fellow Dominican.

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Flash letting a challenging 2016 go

Flash letting a challenging 2016 go

JUPITER, Fla. -- Whether he's taking part in drills on a back field in Spring Training or at the plate in a big league ballpark, Dee Gordon plays with the same passion.

No matter the venue, the Marlins' second baseman is ready to go. He arrives early to camp with a clear focus on what's ahead, and not rehashing the events of 2016.

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Volquez to start Saturday's spring opener

Marlins host Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium

Volquez to start Saturday's spring opener

JUPITER, Fla. -- It won't take long for the Marlins to get a look at their primary offseason free-agent acquisition. Right-hander Edinson Volquez is scheduled to start for Miami in its Grapefruit League opener at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

The 33-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the Marlins in December, brought in to add experience at the top of the rotation. Tom Koehler is also lined up to pitch an inning.

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Mattingly all for increasing pace of play

Marlins manager supports new IBB rule, exploring ways to boost action

Mattingly all for increasing pace of play

JUPITER, Fla. -- Initiatives aimed at speeding up the action are fine with Marlins manager Don Mattingly. One step Major League Baseball is taking in 2017 is to modify the intentional walk rule.

For the upcoming season, batters will simply take the base, rather than pitchers throwing four consecutive balls. Mattingly is all for exploring ways to pick up the pace, and increase action.

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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.

Bonilla caps 10-pitch AB with walk-off slam

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Bonilla caps 10-pitch AB with walk-off slam

Just five seasons into their existence, the Florida Marlins were enjoying a Cinderella-type year in 1997. With veteran leader Jeff Conine, a young Gary Sheffield and rookie sensation Livan Hernandez, the Fish found themselves just 5 1/2 games back of the NL East-leading Braves and 5 games up on the Mets and Giants in the Wild Card. Room for error was slim. Close losses were unacceptable.

Bobby Bonilla, who celebrates his 55th birthday today, knew these things.

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Ziegler's game built from the ground up

Ziegler's game built from the ground up

JUPITER, Fla. -- As a submarine-style pitcher, Marlins right-hander Brad Ziegler basically gives batters an upside-down view. His unorthodox delivery often causes his throwing hand to nearly scrape the mound before he flings sinkerball pitches that regularly find their mark down in the zone.

"He gives a different angle," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a different view. You don't see it very often. It's kind of like the knuckleballer. Coming up with a game plan for a guy like that is different than 98 percent of the guys."

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Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results

Marlins manager likes the variety the Miami bullpen now boasts

Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results

JUPITER, Fla. -- Finding consistency with the bullpen from year to year is a task, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly has all the confidence that former Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa can fit in with a new team in 2017.

After spending all seven of his previous seasons in a Red Sox uniform, the right-hander is attempting to bolster the Marlins' bullpen. He signed with the club as a free agent in December.

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Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects

Miami's list features 20 players the franchise has drafted in recent years

Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects

The tragic death of Marlins ace and franchise cornerstone Jose Fernandez on Sept. 25 sent shockwaves not just across Major League Baseball, but throughout the entire sporting world. It also overshadowed what had been a promising season for Miami, which, despite finishing with a 79-82 record, contended for a Wild Card spot for much of the year before fading down the stretch.

The possibility of a return to the postseason for the first time since 2003, when the Marlins defeated the Yankees in the World Series, made Miami a buyer at the Trade Deadline. But with few tradable pieces on its big league roster, the club was forced to part with two of its better prospects in 2015 first-rounder (No. 12 overall) Josh Naylor and right-hander Chris Paddack, both of whom the Marlins dealt to the Padres in separate deals prior to the Deadline.

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Ellis fitting in among familiar Marlins faces

Veteran catcher also providing guidance for Realmuto

Ellis fitting in among familiar Marlins faces

JUPITER, Fla. -- A.J. Ellis may be a newcomer to the Marlins, but the veteran catcher is certainly no stranger to the organization.

Coming up through the Dodgers' system, Ellis previously played for Miami manager Don Mattingly, formerly his hitting coach and manager in Los Angeles. He's also been coached and managed at the big league and Minor League levels by bench coach Tim Wallach and outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy. Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon also is a former teammate of Ellis in Los Angeles.

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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.

Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

JUPITER, Fla. -- Presidents Day falls on the week the Marlins are scheduled to open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

As the players and coaches gear up for game action, president of baseball operations Michael Hill sees plenty of reasons for optimism in 2017.

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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.

Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

Marlins slugger hopes injuries behind him

Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

JUPITER, Fla. -- When it comes to expectations, Giancarlo Stanton sticks to the basics. The Marlins right fielder's primary objectives for 2017 are to stay healthy and show consistency.

It's really that simple for the three-time All-Star who has yet to have that signature season where everything comes together. There's always been something that arises to derail even his most promising years.

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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.

Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

Pitcher faces Stanton, Yelich in Spring Training

Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

JUPITER, Fla. -- After seeing the list of hitters he would be facing on Sunday morning, Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez joked that the coaching staff may not like him.

On the first day of live batting practice, Volquez drew a difficult assignment. The veteran threw to a formidable foursome -- Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Ichiro Suzuki.

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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.

Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

JUPITER, Fla. -- A new batch of novelty license plates were made after Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits. It's just part of "Ichiro Mania" that still exists in his native Japan.

Over the years, fans have recognized Ichiro in a variety of ways. Many do so with customized plates. Some sport Ichiro's No. 51 jersey. Others use 262 for his MLB single-season hits record.

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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.

Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

JUPITER, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, Dee Gordon ripped open the package with the same enthusiasm he exudes after receiving a birthday present. His new infield gloves arriving is reason for the Marlins' second baseman to rejoice.

Gordon and three of his teammates who wear mitts made by Wilson Sporting Goods celebrated Glove Day.

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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.

Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Images of Donnie Baseball are back.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a career .307 hitter during his 14-year career with the Yankees, takes a hands-on approach in Spring Training. To get a better feel for how a pitcher is throwing, the former All-Star first baseman occasionally steps up to the plate.

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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.

All the small things for Marlins in 2017

Organization preaching importance of consistent focus

All the small things for Marlins in 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- An attention-to-detail message is already being engrained in the Marlins. It's all part of the "Little Things Matter" theme that manager Don Mattingly and his staff are preaching.

Before its first full-squad workouts on Friday, the club held a meeting. And after the position players wrapped up their drills, they gathered again, in the outfield of Field 2, where outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy and third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez spoke to the players about executing.

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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.

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

Samson confirms reports before first full-squad workout

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins president David Samson on Friday afternoon confirmed team owner Jeffrey Loria is going "through the process" to become the United States Ambassador to France, also acknowledging the organization is fielding offers from parties interested in purchasing the club.

Samson said talks with a group headed by Joshua Kushner have stopped, but there are other potential groups interested in purchasing the Marlins.

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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.

Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

Shortstop called to federal court in Miami

Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was excused from the team's first full-squad workouts on Friday as the 27-year-old testified in federal court in Miami.

On trial are agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling.

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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.

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

Offseason rumors motivating righty to prove he is Marlins' No. 1 option in bullpen

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

JUPITER, Fla. -- Blocking out distractions comes with the territory when you're a big league closer. A.J. Ramos, an All-Star in 2016, has repeatedly shown he's able to ignore all the outside noise and zero in on doing his job.

But as calm as Ramos is on the mound, the 30-year-old still couldn't help but pay attention to the offseason reports that the Marlins were targeting free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

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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.

Mattingly keeps focus on the field

Manager puts emphasis on only the things he can control

Mattingly keeps focus on the field

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly is focused on the business of baseball, not on speculation that the club might be sold or reports that team owner Jeffrey Loria is in consideration to become ambassador to France.

"I don't worry about things I can't control," Mattingly said. "It's the same with this ballclub. If you play professionally, you know how to cut out distractions. So anything that would be peripheral to that, for me, is just noise."

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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.

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

Marlins' regular catcher will see time at first base to keep bat in lineup

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sporting a Team USA jersey would have been a tremendous honor for J.T. Realmuto. But after giving serious though to participating in the World Baseball Classic, it was decided the best thing for the 25-year-old would be to remain with the Marlins in Spring Training.

Realmuto already has plenty on his plate as he prepares for 2017. Along with being Miami's regular catcher, the organization wants to use him at first base.

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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.