Adeiny Hechavarria has made six errors in the last 2 ½ weeks, nearly half his season total. But that has not swayed a couple of former All-Star infielders to change their opinions on the Marlins’ young shortstop. Hechavarria, 24, is one of baseball’s rising stars. Known for his defense, yet improving with the bat, Hechavarria has made several spectacular plays this summer and has played a key role in the development of the Marlins’ young pitching staff.
Marlins’ first-round pick Colin Moran is finding a comfort zone at the plate. Selected sixth overall in the June First-Year Player Draft, Moran on Wednesday hit a walk-off homer for the low-A Greensboro Grasshoppers to beat Delmarva 4-3 in 10 innings. Moran afterward told milb.com he doesn’t remember having ever hit a walk-off. Moran’s four pro homer also was his second in four games. He entered Thursday’s game with back-to-back three-hit efforts and 11 for his last 21 (.524) with six runs, a double, two homers and two RBI. His slash line is up to .286/.333/.437 through 32 games (119 at-bats).
Look for the Miami Marlins to at least show temperate interest in Cuban Jose Abreu once the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control clears him to sign. The recently escaped slugger, Abreu must first establish residence in a foreign country (reportedly Haiti) before the bidding begins. A source said the Marlins no doubt will do their due diligence, but they are not smitten with Abreu to the same degree they were with Yoenis Cespedes when he was a free agent. The Marlins before the 2012 season offered Cespedes a six-year, $36 million deal. He took the same amount of money over four years from the Oakland Athletics.
In the eighth, Elmore was summoned the rubber and tossed a scoreless, 11-pitch inning. He became the 13th player in major league history to catch and pitch in the same game. The last to do it before him was Mathis as a member of the Blue Jays against the Athletics on July 25, 2012. His team down 14-0, Mathis with a fastball-changeup repertoire needed 21 pitches to get through a two-run, three-hit ninth. "They lit me up," said Mathis, who started the game behind the plate.
Hours before Saturday night's game between the Marlins and Rockies, ballpark personnel began setting up a ring on the west plaza of Marlins Park for Legends of Wrestling Night. Starter Jose Fernandez, who enjoys watching the postgame fireworks and concerts, said he would be doing the same when the wrestling legends put on a show for the Saturday Spectacular following the game.
Both Goodman and Morrison lost their fathers within a three-month span in late 2010. With Morrison's participation, Goodman created LoMo's MVP's, a program that invites families that have recently lost a parent to a Marlins game. Morrison spends time with them before the game, talking about some of the difficulties with losing a parent. Following their time with the Marlins outfielder, the families then share dinner with Goodman and his mother, Debbie. "It helped me a lot because I'm a huge baseball fanatic, and to have a Major League player helping me with my project [is great]," said Goodman, who has welcomed seven families. "At first, [I thought], 'I can't do anything, I'm going to stay home,' but once you get out there and think of something -- if you believe it, you can achieve it."
Marlins infielder Placido Polanco, on the seven-day concussion list, took ground balls Saturday and hit for the first time since being plunked on the helmet by a ball last Friday against the Giants. "I'm feeling a lot better, actually," Polanco said. "I actually did more stuff [Friday], and I felt better. The day before was the first day when I rode the bike and I was still [waiting on improvement]." Manager Mike Redmond and the doctors continue to monitor Polanco's status day to day, waiting until he's completely comfortable before putting him back on the field.
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Orioles closer Jim Johnson has struggled this season, at least compared to his remarkable run last year. Yet Johnson insists that little has changed, other than the results, and there's data to back that up. So what's different now?
The game finally ended at 2:12 a.m. ET. Adam Eaton's two-out double scored Tony Campana from first, and the D-backs added four insurance runs. Cahill, who had never pitched in relief in the Major Leagues, threw four shutout innings to get the win. But even when he was told to go to the bullpen, he didn't really believe he'd actually pitch.
Bo Jackson equated being surrounded by some of the greatest players in baseball history during the Civil Rights Game festivities to jumping into a pool of liquid gold.
Turns out that Roy Halladay will be making his return to the big leagues a bit earlier than anticipated. Originally expected to make a third rehab start in Reading, Pa., on Sunday, the two-time Cy Young Award winner will instead toe the rubber for the Phillies following their 18-inning marathon loss to the D-backs on Saturday night.
Max Scherzer wore a wide smile as he spoke in front of his locker. Teammates tossed jokes around, teasing their starter about his performance on Saturday. Scherzer said he was sending text messages out about his latest accomplishment. It had nothing to do with his stellar work on the mound in the Tigers' 3-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
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The Miami Marlins once pursued Cuban free agent Yoenis Cespedes heavily, but do not expect the same effort in the chase for soon-to-be prized free agent Jose Dariel Abreu.
After being hit by a pitch against the Giants last Friday, third baseman Placido Polanco was placed on the 7 day concussion disabled list. Jeffrey Loria reportedly argued with Miami’s staff in regard to who would replace him on the roster.
Montgomery Biscuits starter Victor Mateo pitched a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins' Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns.