Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' power not limited at Marlins Park

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Despite speculation that the fences should be moved in, the Miami Marlins are thriving in terms of power at Marlins Park. Plus links on Carter Capps, Rafael Furcal, and Jose Fernandez.

-Jarrod Saltalamacchia finds Braves' sign-stealing accusations laughable - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 270+ Sites

Pretty much everyone was stunned when the Miami Marlins took it to the Braves in a recent series, sweeping the three-game set in thoroughly butt-kicking fashion. The Braves themselves were so shocked by the pantsing, they convinced themselves that something fishy was going on. Like, sign stealing.

-Marlins Sweep the Braves: They Must Be Cheating - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

An interesting story broke last night during the Marlins 5-4 come-from-behind defeat of the Atlanta Braves. During the second game of the series in which the Marlins were on their way to scoring 9 runs in consecutive home games against the Braves, the Sports South announcing crew raised the possibility of Miami stealing signs to aid them in the blowouts.

-Rafael Furcal leaves game after aggravating groin injury | Fish Bytes

Will it ever end for Rafael Furcal? Will his 36-year-old legs ever allow him to wear a Marlins uniform? On Friday, in what was the start of his second round of rehab for Double A Jacksonville, Furcal left the game in the fourth inning when he aggravated his groin injury.

-Hits coming in double-digit bunches for Marlins | Fish Bytes

Hard to believe after watching them scuffle last season, but with 14 hits last night, the Marlins extended their streak of totaling 10 or more hits to five straight games -- one game short of the second-longest such streak in franchise history. They're still a long ways from reaching the team record for double-digit hits of 15 straight games, a feat that belongs to the 2009 club (Aug. 4-19). But they've managed to achieve a milestone accomplished just 13 other times in franchise history which, given their recent futility, is worthy of note.

-Insights and outtakes from our profile of Jose Fernandez | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

One thing about Jose Fernandez that surprised me, although it probably shouldn’t have: he had no problem going to lunch with a reporter on the day he pitched. Superstitious? Hardly. A scheduling conflict pushed it back, so Fernandez met me last Wednesday at Versailles in Little Havana, his usual spot and the place known as "The Most Famous Cuban Restaurant in the World."

-Miami Marlins: Double-A lefty Justin Nicolino exits after getting hit on left forearm. - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins got a scare at Double-A Jacksonville Saturday when starter Justin Nicolino took a batted ball of his left forearm just below the elbow. Nicolino exited after 2 1/3 innings to undergo X-rays, which were negative. "It got him in a good spot so to speak if you’re going to get hit in the arm," Suns’ manager Andy Barkett said, after the game. "It got him in the muscle. We didn’t want to take a chance. Probably late in the season if we’re fighting for a pennant he probably could have gotten through it, but in that situation it swelled up and we didn’t want it to get tight on him and risk any injury. We decided to take him out. He seemed OK after the game and should make his next start."

-Miami Marlins: Rafael Furcal comeback bid stalls again - Sun Sentinel

Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal re-injured his groin in his first game of his second rehab assignment Friday with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns.

-Another setback for Furcal in recovery | marlins.com: News

Another setback has taken place in Rafael Furcal's road to recovery. The 36-year-old exited his rehab assignment in the fourth inning on Friday after aggravating his groin injury following his second at-bat.

-Beckett recalls time in Miami before Marlins Park | marlins.com: News

There was a time when Josh Beckett and the rest of the Marlins rotation used to dread making starts on Tuesday. Not that they were opposed to pitching early in the week, but it impacted what would happen five days later.

-Capps' impressive fastball on the radar | marlins.com: News

The roar of the crowd on Saturday night got louder with each radar reading posted on the scoreboard. In the seventh and eighth innings, Miami reliever Carter Capps was riling up the fans with fastballs that reached 99, 100 and as much as 101 mph.

-Marlins going deep early at spacious Marlins Park | marlins.com: News

No one will confuse Marlins Park with the "Homer Dome," the former home of the Minnesota Twins, the Metrodome. But Miami's retractable-roof stadium certainly has been friendly confines for the Marlins in the early part of the season. In the first inning on Sunday against the Dodgers, the Marlins boosted their total to 19 on Giancarlo Stanton's two-run jack in the first inning. The club now has 31 on the season.

Around The League

-Jeremy Barfield will try anything to get to the majors -- even pitching. | SportsonEarth.com : Eric Benson Article

For five years, outfielder Jeremy Barfield had been rising methodically through the minors. But when he stalled at Triple-A last year, the Oakland A's approached him with an ultimatum: be demoted... or take up pitching.

-Manning brothers guests of Jeter for series finale | yankees.com: News

Derek Jeter greeted Peyton Manning behind home plate Sunday with, "What's up, old man?" but it was the reigning NFL MVP who was in town to pay respects to his elder, along with brother Eli.

-Ryu returns to LA to be examined by team surgeon | dodgers.com: News

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to Los Angeles on Sunday to have his left shoulder examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with left shoulder blade inflammation.

-Reds eying Friday return for Chapman | reds.com: News

Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that, if all goes well in two Minor League rehabilitation appearances this week, Aroldis Chapman will be activated for Friday's game against Colorado at Great American Ball Park.

At Fish Stripes

-The Miami Marlins' meaningful April performance - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have started off the season much better than expected, and that start looks even better when you consider the team's offensive and pitching performances.

-Miami Marlins' center fielder Marcell Ozuna involved in offensive success - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is off to a quick offensive start despite a slow spring and spending a large fraction of last season on the disabled list. Ozuna has been versatile in that he is productive in various spots in the lineup.

-Miami Marlins' April start yielding TV ratings results - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have had a surprisingly nice start to the 2014 regular season. That has yielded good numbers for their television product, which is up a good amount thanks to the recent success.

-Miami Marlins land four players on Minor League Ball's Top 150 prospects - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins placed four players in John Sickels's top 150 prospects list on Minor League Ball. Who are they and did they deserve their spots?

-The Braves thought the Marlins hid a camera in their home run sculpture - SBNation.com

If only.

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