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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins do not view Washington Nationals series as measuring stick

Several Miami Marlin players view the club's upcoming three-game series against the Washington Nationals as just another division series rather than a litmus test against a quality opponent. Mike Redmond says otherwise.

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Miami Marlins don’t view series with Washington Nationals as a gauge on season’s success - Miami Marlins -
After a successful homestand to start the season, the Marlins embark on their first road trip, with the first stop coming in Washington, where they open a three game series Tuesday. But having taken a pair of series from two of the league’s more lightly regarded opponents in Colorado and San Diego, the Marlins don’t see Washington as a truer gauge of how they stack up.

Miami Marlins: Padres' pinch homer stymies Eovaldi - Sun Sentinel
One pitch wiped out an afternoon of good work by Nathan Eovaldi and prevented the Marlins from putting an exclamation point on an otherwise impressive opening-week homestand.

Greg Stoda: Miami Marlins fall 4-2 to San Diego, but opening... |
The Marlins lost. That’s news these days. Excuse the exaggeration to make a point, because why shouldn’t it be OK to allow a bit of carefree cheer to seep into the early April proceedings of what is a long baseball season?

Giancarlo Stanton, king of home runs -
Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins hit a 484-foot home run against the Padres on Friday night, the longest home run in Marlins Park history and by far the longest home run of 2014.

Miami Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria opening eyes | Sports | Bradenton Herald
The 24-year-old shortstop, off to a red-hot start, still has a lot to prove before he permanently solidifies a spot there. But with veteran second baseman Rafael Furcal still trying to fight his way back from a hamstring injury (he will begin extended spring training on Monday and probably won’t be back with the big-league team until the end of the month), Hechavarria has an opportunity to make an impression over the next few weeks.

Salty getting acclimated to NL pitchers | News
Adapting to a new pitching staff was Jarrod Saltalamacchia's first priority after signing as a free agent with the Marlins. Familiarizing himself to the National League was next.

Marlins' gap hitters delivering at spacious park | News
Marlins Park, with its large dimensions and high outfield wall, is not ideally suited to produce an abundance of home runs. Still, the building can work to hitters' advantage, with the right approach.

Grading the Week: Mark Trumbo, Marlins both get an 'A' -
The powerful Mark Trumbo and the high-scoring Marlins (no, really) both get an "A" for their work this week.

Nationals Buzz: Opposite dugout: Fish hope to keep flying in D.C.
A preview of the Miami Marlins' upcoming series against the Washington Nationals from a D.C. writer's perspective

Around the League

Yankees place Mark Teixeira on disabled list -
Mark Teixeira has a hamstring injury and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as a result.

White Sox respond to Chris Sale's response - South Side Sox
Game takes a turn for the better after ace answers Jose Abreu HBP with sequence of brushback pitches

Yovani Gallardo, Brewers complete Red Sox sweep
Strong outings are becoming a habit for Yovani Gallardo and the rest of Milwaukee's rotation.

Phillies postpone home opener at Citizens Bank Park due to weather | News
The Phillies have postponed Monday's home opener at Citizens Bank Park because of a forecast for considerable rain. The game against the Brewers has been moved to Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Emilio Bonifacio giving the Cubs the spark they need | CSN Chicago
Six games into the season, new Cubs manager Rick Renteria has yet to use the same lineup twice. But there has been one constant: Emilio Bonifacio is the leadoff hitter.

Dodgers Dismantle Matt Cain, Giants Settle for Series Win - McCovey Chronicles
After finding himself on the shelf more often than my niece and nephew's elf, Matt Kemp was able to muster the strength to not only pick up a bat, but to use that bat to crush two homers in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Giants.

Braves watching starts by Minor, Floyd, Santana - Houston Chronicle
Some of the Atlanta Braves' most important pitching performances this week will come in the minor leagues. The three starters are moving closer to joining an Atlanta rotation severely depleted by season-ending elbow injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy this spring.

Gio Gonzalez is the Babe Ruth of the Nationals pitching staff
Hialeah's own Gio Gonzalez now has 12 hits in 130 career at-bats and three of those hits have left the park. That’s downright Ruthian. Of Babe Ruth’s 2,873 hits, 714 (24.9 percent) were home runs.

MLB - 25th anniversary of 'Major League' movie - ESPN
Major League was released 25 years ago. Here's a good guess at what's become of Rick Vaughn, Jake Taylor, Roger Dorn and the rest of the boys in the last quarter-century.

Rays' Matt Moore leaves start with possible injury -
Rays lefty Matt Moore was forced from his Monday night start against the Royals after he apparently hurt himself.

At Fish Stripes

The 2014 Miami Marlins are real - Fish Stripes
Fish Stripes' Michael Jong discusses (with a positive spin) what last week's offensive explosion and 5-2 start mean to the Miami Marlins as they head to Washington for their first road series.

The 2014 Miami Marlins are not real - Fish Stripes
And now Michael Jong takes the pessimistic position on what last week means for the Miami Marlins going forward into their first road trip of the 2014 season.

Miami Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria benefiting from offseason adjustments - Fish Stripes
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria struggled offensively in 2013, but is off to a hot offensive start this year. Hitting coach Frank Menechino worked on Hechavarria's approach during Spring Training.

Fish Bites: Marlins' Rafael Furcal to participate in extended Spring Training - Fish Stripes
Currently on the DL, Miami Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal will participate in extended Spring Training.