Talking to reporters after striking out 10 batters in Miami’s 5-4 win over the Cardinals, Fernandez took time to recount a chat he had with catcher Yadier Molina. "One of the special moments during the game (was) the first time I went up to hit (in the bottom of the second inning," Fernandez said. "Molina was catching. I look up to that guy. When they won the World Series and I saw him catch, I thought, ‘Man, I wish one day I could shake his hand.’ I was in high school back then.
Center fielder Marcell Ozuna was not in the starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he joined Miami, a mental break for a rookie who is 1-for-20 over his last five games. "Ozuna is in a little bit of rough patch, probably the first rough patch he has had in the big leagues," manager Mike Redmond said. Ozuna, 22, hit .330 through May after being called up April 30 from Class AA Jacksonville. He is batting .226 over his first 12 games in June.
They’re going ga-ga over Yasiel Puig in Los Angeles. They can’t get enough of Shelby Miller in St. Louis. They’re trumpeting Didi Gregorius in Phoenix. When it comes to outstanding rookies, the National League is bulging with them. But for all the hype and hoopla surrounding the handful of NL rookies who are generating the most buzz and drool during the season’s first half, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton offered a bit of advice: Cool your jets. Don’t overlook the kids on the Marlins. "This shouldn’t be a popularity contest," Stanton said. "It’s not about prom king and queen."
Nathan Eovaldi, sidelined all season with a shoulder injury, will make his 2013 debut Tuesday in Arizona. Eovaldi pitched for Double-A Jacksonville yesterday and is back with the Marlins on Friday. He said the shoulder feels good and he's ready to get things going again. Redmond said he liked what he saw out of Eovaldi during spring training -- before he got hurt.
Heading into the bottom of the 20th inning at Citi Field on June 8, the Marlins needed Steve Cishek to slam the door. After more than six hours of baseball against the Mets, Cishek delivered. He finished off New York with seven pitches, notching his sixth save in eight chances, and his first since May 10. Cishek's 20th-inning save kicked off his current stretch of four consecutive perfect outings. He has needed only 39 pitches to get through his past four innings, striking out four batters.
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Logan Morrison's back has improved since experiencing tightness during Friday batting practice, but the Marlins first baseman missed his third consecutive game on Saturday. Morrison has not played since finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Marlins' 5-4 win against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Ricky Nolasco's streak of four straight quality starts ended Monday, when he surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Marlins' 6-1 loss to the Brewers. Nolasco had lowered his ERA from 4.39 to 3.61 during the stretch, but his misstep against Milwaukee pushed him back to 3.80.
Catcher Miguel Olivo left the Marlins after batting practice Friday without permission and has been placed on the team's restricted list, halting his pay. Outfielder Jordan Brown was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to fill Olivo's roster spot. Olivo's locker now belongs to Logan Morrison. While the team didn't make an official statement on Olivo's reasons for leaving, Miami manager Mike Redmond speculated that the catcher was unhappy with his playing time. Olivo had made only 17 plate appearances since May 16 -- the night Jeff Mathis made his season debut.
Around The League
Commissioner Bud Selig, along with Astros owner Jim Crane and manager Bo Porter, will be among the special guests at the second MLB Diversity Business Summit, to be held on June 18-19 in Houston.
Rays starter Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive on Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher during the fifth inning against the Royals at Tropicana Field. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
The scouts sat behind home plate Saturday with their radar guns and their notebooks, charting Yovani Gallardo's second consecutive scoreless start. It is regular coverage for now, but if the Brewers' disastrous May pushes them to sell off pieces come July, you can bet that more scouts will come.
Miguel Cabrera continues to do remarkable things between the lines, and his performance is being reflected in the ballot box as the 2013 All-Star Game approaches.
With two outs in the ninth inning and the game tied at 6, Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano was able to get Rendon to pop up to Swisher at first base. It looked like Swisher had a bead on it but then, suddenly, he lost sight of the ball and it dropped in foul territory. Swisher was charged with an error on the play. "I thought it was going to go fair. That's why I kept running," Rendon said. "I went, 'Phew, I will get another try.'"
At Fish Stripes
Greensboro lost in twelve to a talented West Virginia ballclub, Adam Conley pitched seven dominant innings in Jacksonville, and New Orleans found creative ways to get on base in their win over Nashville.
Despite the fact that the July 31 trading deadline is over a month away, Miami could deal a reliever or two to a contending team if the offer was right.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is open to playing in this year's Home Run Derby despite the fact that he does not have the regular season numbers.
This week: the Miami Marlins have their own crop of young stars, relievers could be on the block, other (very) early trade deadline thoughts.