Perhaps "Ozuna Time" has dawned on us a little earlier than expected, and under less than ideal conditions, but here we are. The 22-year old outfielder debuted Tuesday in light of Giancarlo Stanton‘s injury, and quickly tallied his first hit of his pro career.
The Marlins’ mega-trade with Toronto is beginning to looked cursed — for both teams. On the same day the Blue Jays placed pitcher Josh Johnson on the disabled list with arm problems, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said pitcher Henderson Alvarez sustained a "setback" in his recovery from right-shoulder inflammation and has stopped throwing.
The Marlins will be short two players tonight when they try to snap a three-game losing streak. Austin Kearns has returned home to Kentucky to attend to a family matter. Manager Mike Redmond said Kearns could miss the next few days and will likely be placed on the bereavement list on Sunday.
Heading into the year, the club anticipated having a solid defense. But blunders in the field have repeatedly happened. The Marlins had committed 23 errors entering Saturday, tied with the Cubs for the second most in the National League.
Less than a week in the big leagues, and Marcell Ozuna is making a case to move up in the order. The 22-year-old right field prospect batted fifth on Saturday night against Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels. In time, he could be at the top or the middle of the order. "He's definitely got the tools to be a top-of-the-order guy, down the road," manager Mike Redmond said. "Right now, I'm very happy with his approaches at the plate. He's being selective. He's laying off some breaking balls."
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Miguel Cabrera delivered six RBIs and the Tigers pounded the Astros, 17-2, at Minute Maid Park, setting season highs for runs, hits (21) and margin of victory. Add a near-spotless pitching performance by Max Scherzer and that's about as good as it gets.
A poorly pitched, back-and-forth classic rivalry game Saturday evening ended with Quiroz's walk-off solo home run and what mattered most for the Giants: a win, 10-9, over the Dodgers at AT&T Park.
They were the losers of the offseason, the antithesis of the Angels, Dodgers and Blue Jays. Rather than go out and buy better players, the Orioles trusted the players they had to get better and their manager and coaches to help them improve. Baltimore Orioles trust in their talent keep winning.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have put shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list.
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Less than six months ago, the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays made a trade that shook the landscape of baseball. Since then, neither team has fared well because of the trade.
Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna hit his first home run of the season in tonight's game versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
Miami Marlins news: Adeiny Hechavarria hits a grand slam, Roy Halladay pulled from the game - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have jumped to a 9-0 lead against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies, and a big part of that has been Adeiny Hechavarria, who hit a grand slam in the third inning. Halladay was pulled from the game after just 2 1/3 innings.
Miami Marlins news: Henderson Alvarez suffers setback in return from injury - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez was set to begin a rehab stint this week, but some shoulder discomfort has once again shut down the righty, preventing his rehab and delaying his return to the majors.
Miami Marlins news: Adeiny Hechvarria healthy, Matt Diaz has contract selected - Fish Stripes
On Thursday, the Marlins reinstated shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Matt Diaz. Nick Green was designated for assignment and Brad Hand was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
The early news on Giancarlo Stanton's right hamstring injury is that he has a grade 2 strain. What does that mean for the Marlins and Stanton's timetable to return?
The latest update of Ichthyomancy, everyone's favorite Marlins prediction contest, includes the leader pulling out to a big lead to star the year.
Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: May 2 - Fish Stripes
Brian Flynn delivered a strong performance against the Omaha Storm Chasers, Jake Marisnick reached base four times, and Jeff Mathis made his first rehab start in Jupiter.
All four Miami Marlins minor league affiliates won their games by narrow margins, Austin Barnes reached base five times, and Christian Yelich hit his first home run of the season.