The Miami Marlins lost nine of their first 10 games and are on pace for a historically bad year. But the Marlins have company when it comes to disappointing story lines, and that comes from the team some have dubbed ‘Marlins North.
Who says Marlins games are sleep inducing? The Marlins Park "Pachanga Band" makes sure that doesn't happen -- at least when they're hired to come work. The band performed during Friday's game against the Phillies. Last season the Marlins hired to come work. The band performed during Friday's game against the Phillies.
veteran reliever David Aardsma has signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins and will report to Triple A New Orleans. Aardsma announced the deal on his Twitter account. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, made one relief appearance in 2012 with the Yankees, and was released by New York on April 4. He appeared in eight spring training games, finishing with a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings.
Rookie pitching phenom Jose Fernandez had a sparkling home debut despite his issues getting a jacket on, and Miami pulled out a win. Fernandez is the best thing going for the Marlins right now. The 20-year-old rookie pitcher not only prevented the Phillies from scoring in his home debut at Marlins Park on Saturday, but he also drove in the Marlins’ first run with his first major-league hit.
With the Marlins' offense sputtering and the losses piling up, Juan Pierre, the team's steady 35-year-old left fielder, says words will only go so far. Ultimately success will help the team to relax. "From personal experience, you don't ever fully relax until you get a hit," Pierre said. "You can use all the tactics that you want to, and say, 'Don't press.' I'm a little bit better now, but it's still the same effect with me." Under first-year manager Mike Redmond, and hitting coach Tino Martinez, the players are prepared and hungry to pick up some wins.
There was encouraging news regarding the Giancarlo Stanton, who was out of the lineup again Saturday. An MRI revealed Stanton has a left shoulder contusion, and he is expected to only miss a couple of days. "I know he dove for a ball in cold weather," manager Mike Redmond said. "I guess it flared up on him [Friday] after batting practice. We got him out of there, he got some treatment, and he was checked out today. Thankfully, it is just a bruise. We will get him some treatment and hope to get him back out there as soon as possible."
Justin Ruggiano was taken out of the lineup before Saturday's game due to a tight right groin, and he is listed as day to day. Chris Coghlan made the start in center field. Finding healthy outfielders is becoming even more of a challenge for the Marlins.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has come under fire, convincing Miami-area tax payers to fund a new stadium only to unload the top talent months later. Darren Rovell reports.
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After defeating the A's twice in the AL Division Series last season, including a shutout in the fifth and deciding game at the Coliseum, Verlander and his team's three home runs helped the Tigers defeat the A's, 7-3, on Saturday in the place where he is the stubborn nemesis, the adversary who throws strikes even in the face of high-pitch-count adversity.
There was some skepticism surrounding the Braves after they took advantage of opening this season with three-game sets against the Phillies, Cubs and Marlins. But most of the lingering doubts about their tremendous potential have been erased over the past two days. Still feeding off the momentum of Friday night's extra-inning comeback victory, the Braves returned to Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon and extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-1 win over the Nationals.
Matt Harvey has not pitched a no-hitter since high school -- not in college, not in the Minors and certainly not in his first 12 Major League starts. But he got the sense that something special was happening Saturday as the outs kept piling up. Harvey (3-0) was in cruise control before Morneau hit his first homer of the season, a 404-foot blast off the right-field foul pole on a 2-2 pitch, Harvey's 87th of the day. He ended up allowing two hits and walking two while fanning six in eight innings pitched -- the longest outing of his career -- but that one pitch to Morneau was still on his mind after the game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu ripped his first three professional hits, and didn't pitch badly either, as the Dodgers hung on to beat the Diamondbacks Saturday, 7-5, snapping their six-game losing streak at Chase Field.
The Blue Jays have the first big dividend on the investment they made in knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Anxious to atone for a rough start in his last outing against Boston, Dickey bounced back by limiting the Royals to one run over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-2 Toronto win on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The knuckleball was dancing and Dickey said it can get better.
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The latest rumors to come out of nowhere regarding Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton involve the division rival New York Mets. The Mets want an impact outfielder, but do not count on the Marlins filling that need for them.
The Miami Marlins are struggling and tinkering with different lineups in an attempt to find lineup protection for Giancarlo Stanton. But while hitters are approached differently without protection, the outcomes remain very similar in value.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has made waves on the mound with his pitching, but he has gotten it done with the bat against the Philadelphia Phillies. Fernandez got his first major league hit, a single to drive in Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Miami Marlins are looking to bolster their struggling bullpen, and they made a move to do so. The team signed former Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma to a minor league contract.
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The Texas Rangers are still interested in Giancarlo Stanton, and they may be doing preparations for a potential trade offer to the Miami Marlins for Stanton.
The Texas Ranges are one of a few teams interested in acquiring Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but the Marlins are once again making it known that the team is "not interested" in trading Stanton.
The Miami Marlins pull out a walk-off victory against the Philadelphia Phillies thanks to another strong performance on the mound (and at the plate!) by Jose Fernandez. The Fish walk-off in the ninth on a Chris Coghlan single off of Phillippe Aumont.
The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies were embroiled in a 1-1 pitcher's duel until Laynce Nix hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning that eventually won the game. Kevin Slowey and Roy Halladay performed well for their teams.