Fish Bites: Miami Marlins lose eighth game in a row

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Marlins failed to get into the win column once again on Monday in the first game of a three-game home series against the Washington Nationals. After racing out to a fast 5-2 start against the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, the Marlins have failed to record a single win against an NL East team.

Nats Hand Marlins 8th Straight Loss, 9-2 - ABC News
Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 win over the Miami Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row.

Nationals 9-2 over Marlins: Jordan Zimmermann bounces back with seven strong - Federal Baseball
Jordan Zimmermann didn't make it out of the second last time out against the Miami Marlins, but he threw seven strong innings tonight in the Washington Nationals 9-2 win in Marlins Park. With the curly-W, the Nats improved to 18-5 vs Miami in 2013-14

Miami Marlins’ Rafael Furcal plays in his first minor-league rehab game - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com Rafael Furcal, signed for $3.5 million to be the Marlins second baseman in 2014, played in his first minor-league rehab game Monday night after starting the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Phillies Notebook: Confusing home-plate ruling in Phillies' vs. Marlins
It took only 54 seconds for umpires to confirm what they ruled they had seen in the fourth inning. It is going to take a lot longer for the Phillies to understand.

The Good, The Bad, and The Home Runs Marlins Recap 4/13/2014 - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Recapping the Marlins game against the Phillies on 4/13/2014.

Miami Marlins: A Win Would Right The Ship This Week
Losing your first six games on the road is never fun, and it is even worse if you are the Miami Marlins. The Marlins did that this week, getting swept by both the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies after losing their final homegame last week against the San Diego Padres. The Marlins return home this week and are looking to snap their early horrendous losing streak.

Nationals Buzz: Opposite dugout: Marlins hope to stop spiral sparked in D.C.
The Marlins were the story of the season's first week, but have fizzled since a 5-1 start. Miami has lost seven straight, with the Nationals to blame for igniting the slide with a three-game sweep in Washington.

PHILADELPHIA: Giancarlo Stanton has powerful start to season from Miami Marlins - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
April has never been a good month for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton...until now.

Marlins question 'gray area' of collision ruling | marlins.com: News
A day after a disputed play at the plate went in the Marlins' favor, Major League Baseball contacted the Phillies to say the call was actually wrong.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Dustin Pedroia of Boston Red Sox avoids fractured left wrist - ESPN Boston
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does not have a fracture in his left wrist, a development a baseball source called great news on Monday afternoon.

MLB Recap - Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox - Apr 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer off John Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox past the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.

Time for the Braves to cut Dan Uggla - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
It's fair to say that Uggla has gained the most out of his natural talent and played the game the way it worked for him. I think part of the hesitancy to embrace Uggla is that he has never looked the part of a second baseman, not with his bodybuilder's physique, swing-for-the-fences approach at the plate and rigid actions on defense. But he has been a productive player, even when he was hitting .233 and .220. Those days, however, are gone. (Note: within 5 minutes of this article being posted on ESPN.com, Uggla hit a game-winning grand slam against the Phillies)

Alex Cobb of Tampa Bay Rays placed on 15-day DL with oblique strain - ESPN
The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the team announced before Sunday's game at the Cincinnati Reds.

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Is Homer Bailey a frontline pitcher or $100 million fraud? | FOX Sports on MSN Will Homer "HR" Bailey ever live up to his potential for the Reds?

FROM FISH STRIPES:

The 2014 Miami Marlins: One week later - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins were riding high on a 5-2 record and a fantastic performance, and a week later they have lost six straight games in addition to their Sunday loss to the Padres. How have things changed for the Fish this past week?

Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 3, Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Fish Stripes The Miami Marlins lost their seventh straight game on Sunday afternoon, a 4-3 loss to the Phillies. Miami plays Washington at home starting on Monday.

Fish Bites: Miami Marlins set record on first road trip - Fish Stripes
For the first time in franchise history, the Marlins went 0-6 on the first road trip of the season. Plus links on Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Brad Hand.

Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez anxious about next start - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins Manager Mike Redmond fears that Jose Fernandez will be anxious to get back on the mound after giving up six runs on Friday night, stating that it will be "torture" until Fernandez's next start.

Mike Redmond and the continuity of the Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes
Mike Redmond has made his fair share of mistakes at the helm of the Miami Marlins. But sacrificing team continuity is not going to assist the long-term goals of the Fish.

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