Fish Bites: Steve Cishek converts first 1-2-3 save

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After an inconsistent start without many opportunities to save games, closer Steve Cishek converted his first 1-2-3 save on Friday night. Plus links on Chris Coghlan, Jose Fernandez, and Kevin Slowey.

- Cishek recorded first 1-2-3 save of the season Friday | Fish Bytes

Closer Steve Cishek has endured his share of struggles this season, but he finally recorded his first 1-2-3 save of the season in Friday night's 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Dodgers.

- Coghlan adjusting to pinch-hitter role; Marlins will likely keep 3 catchers when Mathis returns Tuesday | Fish Bytes

When he was a regular in the Marlins lineup, Chris Coghlan liked to fashion himself as a more patient hitter, someone who had to be selective. Now locked in as a bench player and pinch hitter, the 27-year old former NL Rookie of the Year is changing his approach at the plate, and trying to be more aggressive.

- Miami Marlins’ defense also has failed so far this season | www.palmbeachpost.com

The Marlins knew going into the season that they would have to play defense as flawlessly as possible to make up for their offensive deficiencies. That hasn’t happened. The Marlins have 28 errors; only the Chicago Cubs have more (30) in the majors this season. "We have made more than handful out of strictly carelessness, and that’s unacceptable,’’ said infield coach Perry Hill.

- Agent Scott Boras OK with Miami Marlins’ plan to limit innings... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Scott Boras’ client list has included some of baseball’s biggest stars, past and present — from Greg Maddux and Alex Rodriguez to Bryce Harper and Matt Harvey. The super-agent couldn’t contain his excitement about one of his newest clients, Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez.

- Marlins face decisions when Mathis returns | marlins.com: News

Barring any setbacks during his injury rehab assignment, catcher Jeff Mathis is expected to be reinstated by Tuesday, when the Marlins open a three-game series with the Reds in Miami.

- Cishek shows improvement in LA outing | marlins.com: News

Steve Cishek is once again creating uncomfortable at-bats for opposing hitters. On Friday night, for instance, Cishek threw more like he did a year ago, when he took over the Marlins' closer role after the All-Star break. "I've been leaving the ball up, and that's when I got in trouble back at home," he said, "I'm just trying to throw everything hard at the knees, and whatever happens, happens. I've really been focusing on that in my throwing program."

- Redmond continues to handle Fernandez with care | marlins.com: News

With the way Jose Fernandez is pitching, nearly everyone wants to see more. But game-by-game performance will determine that, according to Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "It depends on the situation," Redmond said, "Maybe in his next start he is at 85 or 90, and we can leave him out there for another inning. I think he's been doing what he's doing. We're at a comfort level right now with his innings and his pitches."

- Miami Marlins: Mile-long list of disabled players causing roster headaches - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

The Marlins have 11 players on the disabled list, but the real roster headache is coming over the next month to six weeks as many of them are cleared to play. "It's been a bad run. It kind of started the first [game] of spring training when [Jeff] Mathis broke his collarbone and it hasn't really stopped since…it's been a little bit of everything."

Around The League

- Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox - May 12, 2013 | MLB.com TOR Recap

The Blue Jays matched their season high with five homers, and right-hander Chad Jenkins pitched five strong innings in a 12-4 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Jose Bautista homered twice, while Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Emilio Bonifacio also got in on the action. It was the most home runs the Blue Jays have hit in one game since April 4, during the first series of the year versus Cleveland.

- Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals - May 12, 2013 | MLB.com COL Recap

Traveling and leaving mom with young twins at home is not the way to earn points on Mother's Day. But Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa almost made up for it Sunday afternoon by coming close to giving his wife, Martha, a special gift. De La Rosa held the Cardinals hit-less until David Freese singled in the seventh. He gave up just two hits in seven innings as the Rockies went on to win, 8-2, at Busch Stadium in front of 40,881.

- Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen leaves game with right oblique injury | MLB.com: News

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen exited Sunday's series finale against the Twins with a right oblique strain after tossing 73 pitches in five scoreless innings.

- MLB uses Mother's Day to promote breast cancer awareness | MLB.com: News

Players, managers, and team personnel around baseball honored their mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, and plenty more on Sunday for Mother's Day, using pink gear to promote breast cancer awareness.

At Fish Stripes

- Miami Marlins' Larry Beinfest: "I don't even know who is here anymore" - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest admits that the team's injuries have forced them into pushing their prospects earlier than initially planned.

- Miami Marlins news: Fire sale hurts efforts to bring in Marlins Park vendors - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins committed a full-scale fire sale last November, and since that time, it has gotten harder and harder to find retailers to take on the Marlins Park parking garage vendor space.

- Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: May 11 - Fish Stripes

Adam Conley, Christian Yelich, and Jake Marisnick all looked like superstars for Jacksonville. The Hammerheads scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Fort Myers in the most exciting game of any Marlins affiliate so far this season.

- Marlins prospects: Charlie Lowell arrested, Andrew Heaney nears return - Fish Stripes

Prospect Charlie Lowell was arrested this week for battery by strangulation. Marlins 2012 first-round pick Andrew Heaney has yet to play a game in the 2013 minor league season due to injury.

- Fish Stripes Weekly Ichthyomancy Update: May 5-11 - Fish Stripes

A mostly empty week by the Ichthyomancy leader allowed a few more players back into the race.

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