Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton knows exactly how much he has struggled to drive in runs this season. "Jose Fernandez has more RBIs than I do,’’ Stanton said, referring to the Marlins’ 20-year-old rookie pitcher who has one RBI, "so that’s pretty outstanding.’’
Giancarlo Stanton's early season struggles continued Friday night against Cincinnati. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and he has struck out 16 times in 36 at-bats this season. Stanton has yet to homer or drive in a run.
Marlins president David Samson ran the Boston Marathon in 2009 with friends, relatives and three other Marlins employees. Samson had a personal reaction Monday when he learned that the first of two bombs at the 2013 marathon exploded with 4:09:43 on the clock at the finish line on Boylston Street.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who injured his right elbow making a throw before the game Wednesday, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Marlins have called up veteran Nick Green, 34, to replace him. Green was hitting .293 with a home run and four RBI in 11 games at Triple A New Orleans.
John Maine whiffed the last two Cincinnati Reds hitters he faced Thursday night with called third strikes. In the end, it did him little good. Maine was designated for assignment on Friday as the 31-year-old's comeback bid didn't pan out, at least not with the Marlins, who called up right-hander Tom Koehler from Triple A New Orleans to take his place.
Juan Pierre was blunt about his performance Saturday. "The ugliest day of the season," Pierre said after going 0 for 6, striking out three time for the second straight day, missing a fly ball in left, and failing to drop down a critical bunt in the fourth.
It's a good thing for the Marlins that their series with the Reds is in Cincinnati this weekend. Otherwise, Justin Ruggiano's game-winning home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on Friday night might not have cleared the fence. "Oh, it was one of those [home runs] where [because] I did it here, I knew I had a chance," Ruggiano said. "I wasn't sure if it was going to go, but if it had been at our ballpark, I would have been taking a right turn."
After a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds on Friday night, Nick Green was back in Miami's starting lineup on Saturday afternoon. "He might even hit fourth," Marlins manager Mike Redmond joked before the game. Green singled to left field, right field and center field on Friday night, and had half of the six hits allowed by Reds starter Mat Latos. Even more impressive, Green did so in rainy, low-40s temperatures against a pitcher who finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
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What is it about young pitchers? Baseball fans enjoy watching stars of all kinds, of course, but most of all, and more and more, we enjoy watching young, homegrown stars, and young, homegrown star pitchers in particular. Maybe it’s because they’re so rare, the very few that reach their full potential, and grow into all the hopes we’ve placed on them. "There’s no such thing as a pitching prospect," goes the old baseball saying. Except that every once in a while, there is. And when that happens, or even just when you think it might be happening, you want to be there.
There was yet another subplot to Saturday's emotional day at Fenway Park, as David Ortiz made his return to the team, batting cleanup.
The remedial powers of the summer game were summoned once more Saturday at Fenway Park. Raise a pennant, wave a flag. Wave a magic wand and make it all disappear. And it all worked. Boston had stood at attention, rigid and staring straight ahead, not wanting to look, for too many days. It was at ease again Saturday.
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The Miami Marlins placed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury suffered during batting practice.
Dave George of the Palm Beach Post says that there is no reason to "panic" about the Miami Marlins' performance because there were no expectations of the team's terrible roster. But are there implications on future seasons to worry about in 2013?
Even with Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins offense is so bad that it might make the record books
This week's look at the Miami Marlins' minor league system includes another tough outing by Jacob Turner, an impressive one by Brian Flynn and company in Double-A Jacksonville, and some nice hitting in the low minors.
Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds: Justin Ruggiano's ninth inning home run gives Marlins 2-1 win - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds found their pitching duel, as Kevin Slowey and Mat Latos held down both offenses. Justin Ruggiano delivered a solo home run off of Aroldis Chapman to win the game for the Fish.
Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds: Marlins drop to Reds in 13 innings. 3-2 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds were embroiled in another late-game tied game, this time extending into the extra innings. Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips delivered the Marlins' latest loss, 3-2.
Miami Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds: Sanabia, Rauch let game get out of hand, Marlins lose 10-6 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins hung close with the Cincinnati Reds for six innings, keeping the game tied at two runs apiece. But Alex Sanabia and Jon Rauch failed to reign in the Reds in the seventh, leading to an eight-run inning and a 10-6 loss.