Fish Bites: Now Healthy, Giancarlo Stanton Posts Monster Month

Mike Ehrmann

Giancarlo Stanton sets the pace for the Miami Marlins with a record-setting April, plus links on Ed Lucas, Greg Dobbs, Jose Fernandez and more.

Stanton showing what he can do when healthy | marlins.com: News
No longer can Giancarlo Stanton be labeled a "slow starter." If anything, Stanton has made a strong case to be the National League Player of the Month for April.

Marlins Way: Greg Dobbs Release a Sign of Loria Not Interfering? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Marlins released Greg Dobbs on Tuesday afternoon, is that a sign that owner Jeffery Loria is not meddling in the team's decisions.

Miami Marlins Offense Has Struggled Against Lefties - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Miami Marlins have struggled to hit against left handed pitchers in 2014.

MLB Notebook: Marlins' Jose Fernandez an ace at 21 | marlins.com: News
Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez tossed eight scoreless innings vs. the Braves on Tuesday, making him just the fourth pitcher in their age-21 season to enter May with at least four victories and an ERA below 1.60.

Furcal optimistic groin injury not serious | marlins.com: News
Before his latest setback, Rafael Furcal was so close to returning. Now, he remains optimistic he still isn't that far away. The 36-year-old is dealing with a right groin strain, which he suffered last Friday night while playing for Double-A Jacksonville.

Turner to come off DL, rejoin rotation Saturday | marlins.com: News
Miami manager Mike Redmond on Tuesday announced that Jacob Turner is set to be reinstated from the disabled list, and start in the second of three games this weekend against the Dodgers at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton is clobbering the ball
Last season, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton didn’t chase many offerings out of the strike zone, swinging at just 28 percent of bad pitches. This year, he is being more aggressive.

Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton lead Miami Marlins’ rout of Atlanta Braves - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
Jose Fernandez allowed only two hits in eight innings, Giancarlo Stanton homered and the Marlins trounced the Braves.

County in year 3 of tussle with Marlins over ballpark cost | Miami Today
Now in their third season at Marlins Park, Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins are still submitting expenses to the county – more than $110 million to date – to be counted as their share of the stadium’s construction cost.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Reed gives up 9th-inning homer, D-backs lose again | azfamily.com Phoenix
Closer Addison Reed gave up a ninth-inning homer to Drew Stubbs, and the Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Hanrahan market includes Tigers, Yanks, Red Sox, Rangers, Rockies - CBSSports.com
At least five teams are thought to be looking closely at the two-time All-Star reliever.

How Terry Collins will handle NY Mets' outfield logjam; Robinson Cano and the meaning of "respect;" Michael Pineda; that Mets letter - NY Daily News
These so-called "good problems to have," which rarely end up even happening, are not actually all that good for a team and manager

Pittsburgh Pirates unlikely to return to postseason - MLB - ESPN
A return trip to the playoffs is looking less and less likely for the Pirates, writes Paul Swydan.

New York Yankees fans boo, taunt Robinson Cano of Seattle Mariners in return to Yankee Stadium - ESPN New York
The famed Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures made their view of the $240 million man, Robinson Cano, abundantly clear: He is a sellout.

Sam Fuld acclimating to Minnesota, thriving early with Minnesota Twins | FOX Sports on MSN
Since being claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on April 20, outfielder Sam Fuld has shown versatility in the outfield and prowess at the plate, while also exploring the Twin Cities.

Rain out, doubleheader create scheduling issues for L.A. Dodgers - ESPN Los Angeles
The Dodgers’ game in Minnesota on Tuesday night has been postponed by rain and snow, which means Kenley Jansen -- the major-league leader in appearances -- gets another day off for his overtaxed right arm. Otherwise, it’s far from good news for the Dodgers, who now have to play 15 games over the next 14 days.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

A Greg Dobbs memorial - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have designated Greg Dobbs for assignment. This signals the end of one of the worst four-year runs in Marlins history.

Fish Bites: Jose Fernandez excels and Marlins offense continues to struggle - Fish Stripes
On this edition of Fish Bites, we take a look at Miami designating Greg Dobbs for assignment, Jose Fernandez's continued dominance in Miami and the struggles of Rafael Furcal.

Miami Marlins designate infielder Greg Dobbs for assignment - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins designated Greg Dobbs for assignment on Tuesday afternoon to make room on the roster for Ed Lucas. Dobbs has been a key pinch hitter for the Marlins since 2011, when he made the team as a non-roster invitee.

Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 9, Atlanta Braves 0 - Fish Stripes
In the Alex Wood/ Jose Fernandez rematch of a week ago, Fernandez got the upper hand once again as the Marlins pummeled Atlanta 9-0 on Tuesday.

Miami Marlins Jarrod Saltalamacchia defines title as 'coaching role' - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia told FanGraphs that more so than anything else, his role as a Marlin is one that resembles that of a coach.

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