he Marlins still have the worst record in the NL at 37-61 and .378, but at least now there seems to be a point to the season. Tuesday night, the Marlins used their youngest and yet most promising lineup of 2013 in a 4-2 win at Colorado. How young? Christian Yelich, 21, made his big-league debut and went 3-for-4. He played left field with Jake Marisnick, 22, playing center.
Adeiny Hechavarria dropped down his first bunt single for the Marlins in Monday’s 3-1 win against the Rockies. Joe Espada hopes it won’t be the last. Espada, the Marlins’ third base coach, has been working extensively with Hechavarria on the bunt as a tool to improve his value as a leadoff hitter. "At first, I’ve got to sell him on the fact that it should be part of his game," Espada said Tuesday. "A lot of these Latin kids, they don’t bunt their way out of their countries. They swing their way out. That’s part of the game they haven’t spent a lot of time learning, and I understand."
On his first day in the majors, Christian Yelich did something only two other Marlins have accomplished previously: tally three hits in his first big-league game. Yelich also drove in two runs in support of another youngster, Jose Fernandez, as the Marlins defeated the Colorado Rockies, 4-2, for their second straight win.
Jose Fernandez made himself at home in his first visit to Coors Field. Not only did Fernandez take care of the Rockies on Tuesday in another strong performance by the rookie All-Star, Fernandez said he also took advantage of the surroundings at Coors -- specifically, the home run fountain in center. ""The first day, I go back there behind center field and that thing back there -- that little pool back there -- I went in the water, and the water was nice and cool," Fernandez said. "So it was pretty fun. It was pretty nice. I'm going to do it. Why not?"
The Marlins outrighted infielder Chris Valaika to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Valaika was designated for assignment Tuesday and cleared waivers, and will rejoin the Zephyrs just days after he finished a rehab assignment with them. Valaika has not played for Miami since May 7, when a runner collided with his glove hand and forced him to the disabled list. Splitting his time between first, second and third base, Valaika struggled at the plate, hitting .219 with a homer and nine RBIs through 22 games.
ake Marisnick entered Thursday still searching for his first big league hit. Marisnick, called up from Double-A Jacksonville along with his pal and fellow highly touted prospect Christian Yelich on Monday night, was 0-for-8 with two strikeouts in his first two Major League games. Marisnick watched as Yelich stole the spotlight Tuesday night when both players made their debuts. Yelich went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, leading the Marlins to a 4-2 victory in the second game of the series. Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Marisnick will have an easier time moving on after he gets the career milestone out of the way. "He needs to get that hit and move on," Redmond said after Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Rockies. "But it'll happen, I'm not worried."
Ruggiano's struggles have certainly played a role in the team's scuffles as a whole, as the Marlins have scored just eight runs in six games after the All-Star break entering Thursday. "It's tough, and I know he's frustrated," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after Wednesday night's loss. "Any time anybody scuffles, you're reeling and trying to figure out a way to get out of it. Sometimes it's maybe a pinch-hit, big hit in a certain situation. Who knows? "You just got to keep battling and keep grinding and you can't feel sorry for yourself." A consistent piece of Miami's lineup this year, Ruggiano has not started since the Marlins called up their two top prospects in Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick.
Alvarez has made four starts since missing the first half of the season with right shoulder inflammation. He's improved each time out since his debut on July 4, and he threw seven scoreless innings in Milwaukee on Sunday. Miami's pitching has been strong in its own right this season, especially in the last month. Marlins starters have given up three runs or less in 29 of their last 33 games. "Our pitchers have done a nice job, even in Milwaukee where we just didn't score any runs," manager Mike Redmond said. "Our pitchers have done a great job of keeping us in ballgames. It's been fun to watch these guys go out th
The Marlins placed outfielder Marcell Ozuna on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and avulsion fracture in his left thumb, which will require surgery.
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The Miami Marlins are desperate for runs, and they have turned to top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick to replace struggling youngsters Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich in the lineup.
It turns out Christian Yelich looks really young. Like, high school young. Is that a good thing? Is it a funny thing?
Derek Dietrich made his return to Double-A, striking out three times in six hit-less plate appearances.
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