Second baseman Donovan Solano and first baseman Joe Mahoney also were activated from the DL on Monday and both were optioned to Class AAA New Orleans — a move that means Derek Dietrich has cemented himself as the team’s second baseman. First baseman Casey Kotchman was put on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.
Ricky Nolasco said he’ll try to ignore the trade rumors and speculation as best as he possibly can between now and the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
Derek Dietrich isn’t one bit surprised that he’s showing just as much home run pop in the majors as he did in the minors. "Not one bit," said Dietrich, who has six homers for the Marlins to go with the four he hit earlier in the season at Double A Jacksonville before his promotion. "Power has always been one of my No. 1 tools as a middle infielder, whether I was playing shortstop or second base," he said.
By now, everyone is familiar with Josh Beckett's winning performance in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, one in which he went the distance on three days' rest. Jack McKeon hasn't stopped talking about it given that his decision proved many doubters wrong. Beckett was spectacular that night at Yankee Stadium, and the Marlins celebrated a Series title because of him. While that was the most celebrated of all Marlins' pitching performances on three days' rest by far, it wasn't the only one. With Kevin Slowey set to take the mound tonight on only three days' rest, it's worth a look at how other Marlins' pitchers have fared under identical (or nearly identical) short-rest circumstances.
Chris Coghlan said he will be examined on Sunday in Texas by spine and back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett, who has treated other athletes, including MLB and NFL players. Coghlan was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the week, but manager Mike Redmond said he would likely be out longer than that after a MRI revealed an unspecified back injury.
The infield single that kicked off Miami's rally Tuesday night extended Pierre's hitting streak to a season-best eight games. He has batted .382 (13-for-34) during the stretch with three walks, four stolen bases and seven runs scored. The hitting streak has also raised Pierre's batting average from .218 to .245 -- his highest clip since May 10. "This year has really been a grind for him," Redmond said. "He has struggled a little bit at times, but you know what? He's coming out of it, and he's getting on base."
Looks can be deceptive when it comes to Derek Dietrich. At 6-foot, 200 pounds, the 23-year-old is not a prototypical power hitter. Yet, he certainly has the ability to knock the ball out of the park. After connecting on a two-run shot in the Marlins' 5-4 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night, Dietrich upped his home run total to six since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville to the big leagues. For the first time since Dan Uggla, the Marlins have a second baseman capable of reaching 20 home runs.
Right knee surgery prevented Giancarlo Stanton from competing in the 2012 All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby, which took place the night before the Midsummer Classic. After missing about five weeks with a right hamstring strain, Stanton is once again in the Marlins' lineup. On Tuesday night, the 23-year-old delivered the game-changing two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Brewers. Out for much of the season because of injury, Stanton has not built a serious case to represent the Marlins in the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field. But technically, the slugger could still head to New York and take part in the Home Run Derby, set for July 15.
In his 14th season as a Miami Marlins special assistant, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson has embraced the role of raising awareness for prostate cancer. When it comes to the disease, he speaks from personal experience.
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The American League East was the beast in baseball for years, but this season that title was supposed to have shifted out west. The Yankees were old, the Sox had been awful, the Rays were reloading, the Orioles were flukes. So what happened?
Nick LeGrande -- a 13-year-old A's fan with a rare blood disorder -- threw out the first pitch in Oakland on Wednesday from an indoor miniature ballpark at his home in Kansas City, thanks to the use of Google's telerobotic pitching machine at the Coliseum.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson and Mets skipper Terry Collins will serve as Bruce Bochy's National League coaches, and Jim Leyland has invited White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to represent the American League in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16.
Matt Harvey's quick path from first-round Draft pick three summers ago to the ace of the Mets' pitching staff have many anticipating that he'll only continue to ascend into the group of baseball's elite pitchers. On Thursday, Adam Wainwright showcased what it's like to already be there.
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An in-depth look at five 2013 Marlins draft picks: Chandler Eden, Adam Westmoreland, Kevin Williams, K.J. Woods, and Justin Bohn.
The Miami Marlins drafted Colin Moran in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, and his selection was perfect in more than one way.
Scott Lyman struck out ten in Lakewood, Gorkys Hernandez had a big day in Memphis, and Jupiter got shutout at Brevard County.
The Miami Marlins may have demoted Donovan Solano, but don't worry! They found a new version of him in veteran minor leaguer Ed Lucas.
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is almost a month away, and the race is on to become the lonely Miami Marlins representative on the team!