Fish Bites: Despite Game 3 loss, Marlins' suprising offense shines in season opening series

Marc Serota

After a woeful 2013 season where the Miami Marlins lost 100 games and scored only 513 total runs, the club's offensive outburst in the first series of 2014 against the Colorado Rockies has been a welcome suprise.

Miami Marlins: Alvarez hit around in first outing since no-hitter - Sun Sentinel

Pitching for the first time since his 2013 season-ending no-hitter, Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez gave up six first-inning hits in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Giancarlo Stanton homers, Henderson Alvarez leaves early as Miami Marlins fall to Colorado Rockies | FOX Sports on MSN

Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run home run, his first of the season, but the Marlins fell just short on Wednesday night.

Call at second upheld as Marlins challenge play vs. Rockies | MLB.com: News

The first instant replay challenge at Marlins Park was upheld on Wednesday. As with many of the early innings, the call did not go the Marlins' way against the Rockies.

2014 Miami Marlins: Veteran Leadership, Talented Youngsters Should Boost Offense - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Two games into the season it seems that the addition of veterans like Jones, Salalammachia and McGehee should help the Marlins scoren more runs

Linda Robertson: Fans hope Miami Marlins’ scoring outburst an omen of good things to come - Linda Robertson - MiamiHerald.com

Hope sprung a gushing leak in the fifth inning of the Miami Marlins’ season opener Monday.

Tough opener doesn't dampen Jones' optimism | marlins.com: News

Bottom-line results don't always tell the full story. Garrett Jones, for instance, went hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts and a walk in the Marlins' 10-1 win over the Rockies on Opening Day at Marlins Park.

Marlins president David Samson blames Opening Night lines on rush of fans - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

When Dan Marino threw out the ceremonial pitch on Opening Night, there were only 12,000 people inside Marlins Park, according to team president David Samson and another 6,000 when Jose Fernandez threw the first pitch of the game. So when the rest of the largest crowd in stadium history showed up late (Samson said there were about 35,000 butts in the seats among the paid crowd of 37,116), it naturally caused a few headaches.

Marlins | Steve Cishek working on lengthy streak - MLB Hot off the Wire

Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek is working on a team record 30 consecutive saves streak which began last June and continued in his first save opportunity of 2014 Tuesday night.

Casey McGehee: Miami Marlins' 3B Starting the Season Hot

The Miami Marlins are getting most of its run production from Casey McGehee. How long can he keep it up?

Around the League

Why the Nationals, Mike Rizzo signed Kevin Frandsen

Hint: It's because the Marlins acquired the guy they really wanted: Jeff Baker.

Derek Jeter hit by pitch on final Opening Day to begin last season before retirement - NY Daily News

Derek Jeter's final Opening Day almost came to an early conclusion in his first at bat against the Houston Astros' Scott Feldman as Jeter was hit on the left forearm by an 0-1 fastball.

Brandon Belt with the home run off Wade Miley (GIF) - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 270+ Sites

Brandon Belt is off to a torrid start to 2014.

Is Freddie Freeman ready for bigger things? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Sure, one game is not supposed to mean more than one win or one loss, but does anyone else think that Freddie Freeman isn’t ready to explode?

Don Baylor of Los Angeles Angels has surgery on broken leg - ESPN Los Angeles

Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor had surgery on his broken right leg Tuesday after getting hurt while catching the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.

Dodgers win game but lose big: Clayton Kershaw, Brian Wilson sidelined - latimes.com

Dodgers' 3-2 win in San Diego pales compared to the bad news: Clayton Kershaw to miss weeks, not days, and reliever Brian Wilson is headed to DL.

Wilson Ramos likely to undergo surgery, miss 4-8 weeks

In other injury news, the bad luck-plagued Washington Nationals catcher is due to have surgery on his hand.

Phil Rogers: Few teams avoiding rash of pitching injuries | MLB.com: News

Baseball's marathon is always marked by too many pitching injuries, but this year the recurring, non-stop nature of them has been a major storyline. Five teams, however, still have healthy rotations and are positioned for early success.

At Fish Stripes

MLB Scores: Colorado Rockies 6, Miami Marlins 5 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins fell to the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Wednesday night. Giancarlo Stanton went deep and Henderson Alvarez struggled early.

A rally cry for 2014 Marlins fans - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are bound to go through a rough 2014 season, but if you're a fan, you should be ready to support them through the best and worst of times. The Mighty F Blog's Robby Brumberg would like to rally the fans for 2014.

Miami Marlins to shuffle lineup after injury to Rafael Furcal - Fish Stripes

With Rafael Furcal opening the season on the 15-day disabled list, Manager Mike Redmond will have to choose who will bat leadoff for the next two weeks. Furcal was signed to be the Marlins' starting second baseman and leadoff hitter.

Jose Fernandez gets his grandmother an "Abuela" jersey - Fish Stripes

There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe Jose Fernandez.

Estimating a Marlins Giancarlo Stanton extension - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton are still not discussing a potential contract extension. But if the team and player do agree on something, what might the deal look like?

Miami Marlins' Michael Hill realistic in preseason comments - Fish Stripes

In the annual "State of The Union"-type address, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill expressed his belief that the Marlins should be considered contenders in the near future.

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