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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Bullpen Woes Continue

At a time when the Miami Marlins starting rotation has been unbelievably stingy giving up runs, the Marlins bullpen has repeatedly surrendered games late. This was again the case on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta as Marlin killer Evan Gattis doubled in what would become the game winning runs in the 8th inning against Marlins reliever Mike Dunn.

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Miami Marlins: Gattis delivers second winning hit of series for Braves - Sun Sentinel

For the second time in three games, Evan Gattis drove in the go-ahead runs to beat the Marlins to end a pitchers' duel in Atlanta.

Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich downplays 15-game hitting streak - Sun Sentinel
Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich was nonchalant about the career-best streak that he extended to 16 games with a perfectly placed drag bunt on the first pitch of Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Braves.

Cishek's closer numbers up with the best of them | News
Steve Cishek has quietly joined Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman as one of the best closers in baseball. The Miami right-hander entered Tuesday having converted 32 consecutive save chances dating back to June 8, 2013, and he notched his 33rd straight in a 1-0 win over the Braves.

Miami Marlins: Caminero optioned; Carter Capps likely replacement - Sun Sentinel
Giving up two crushing home runs has earned a trip back to the minors for Marlins reliever Arquimedes Caminero .

ATLANTA: Miami Marlins’ Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still Boston Strong - Miami Marlins -
Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn't wear a Red Sox uniform anymore, but there's little doubt his heart is still very much Boston Strong.

ATLANTA: Miami Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich relishes ‘Prime Time’ nickname - Miami Marlins -
A day after smacking a game-tying RBI double off Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, Derek Dietrich on Tuesday afternoon was sporting a Leon Sandcastle T-shirt inside the Miami Marlins clubhouse.

Marlins Way: Jose Fernandez's Dominant Start - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jose Fernandez had a monster night on Tuesday night in Atlanta, striking out 14 Atlanta Brave hitters, while shutting their offense down through seven innings. The 14 punchouts tied a career high for Fernandez, which he also did last season against the Cleveland Indians.

Marlins’ Christian Yelich is a ‘long, long way’ before he starts thinking about hitting streak | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post
Christian Yelich has two streaks on the line when the Marlins face Atlanta tonight in the second game of this series. The Marlins leadoff hitter extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games in the first inning on Monday with an infield single. He is hitting .381 during the streak with a .458 on base percentage.

Around the League

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda ejected for having illegal substance on neck | News
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda faces a likely suspension after he was ejected in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday for having an illegal substance, believed to be pine tar, on the right side of his neck during his start against the Red Sox.

Albert Pujols of Los Angeles Angels hits 500th career homer - ESPN Los Angeles
Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.

D-Backs' Mark Trumbo likely has stress fracture in left foot -
Bad news for the Diamondbacks, as slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo may have a foot fracture.

Ex-Dodgers Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang showing they have plenty left -

They couldn’t make the final rotation cut. Aaron Harang went early, Chris Capuano was ultimately relegated to the bullpen but did not make the Dodgers’ playoff roster. But look at them now.

MLB Recap - St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets - Apr 22, 2014 -
Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?

Less than a month into the 2014 baseball season, we’re already reveling in the game’s many intricacies. One trend in particular has reared its ugly head with all the subtlety of a Bartolo Colon at-bat: Nobody, it seems, can hit worth a damn.

At Fish Stripes

MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 1, Atlanta Braves 0 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Jose Fernandez was dominant on the mound, and Casey McGehee drove in the game's only run.

Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: April 21 - Fish Stripes

Jacksonville and Greensboro endured impressively bad thrashings, respectively giving up 17 and 14 runs.

What is different about Tom Koehler's fastball in 2014? - Fish Stripes
Tom Koehler's success thus far in 2014 is due to his fastball. But just what is so different about it that is fueling him, and can it continue?

Miami Marlins' outfielder Christian Yelich solid in leadoff spot - Fish Stripes
Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has been effective atop Miami's lineup, and has helped the offense early. Yelich is expected to be a career .300 hitter with his line drive-type swing.