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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins option Derek Dietrich to Triple-A

Links on the Marlins' decision to option Derek Dietrich to Triple-A New Orleans to work on defense and to make room for the rehabbing Rafael Furcal. Plus news on Giancarlo Stanton's All Star voting.

Mike Ehrmann

Alvarez, Marlins blank Rays | Fox News
Henderson Alvarez notched his third shutout of the season as the Miami Marlins defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Tuesday.

Miami Marlins sign former closer Kevin Gregg to minor-league deal - Miami Marlins -
In another move designed to bolster a struggling bullpen, the Marlins on Tuesday agreed to a minor-league deal with former closer Kevin Gregg, who saved 33 games for the Cubs last season and ranks fourth on the Marlins' all-time saves list with 61.

Florida Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton third in voting among NL outfielders | FOX Sports on MSN
Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the National League in home runs and runs batted in, trails only Yasiel Puig and Charlie Blackmon in the latest voting totals announced for the All-Star Game on July 15.

Miami Marlins - TeamReport | Reuters
The Marlins have three of the top 43 picks and five of the first 106 in this weekend's MLB draft.Their first selection on Thursday is the second overall pick.

Miami Marlins Continue to be Backwards with Derek Dietrich Demotion - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Miami Marlins made the decision to demote second baseman Derek Dietrich due to his recent defensive woes.


Braves drop opener to Mariners 7-5 |

For as easy as Gavin Floyd has made coming back from Tommy John surgery look, he needs to work on his timing.

Did the Braves ‘slap’ Tim Hudson in the face? | Mark Bradley blog
I don't know exactly what the Atlanta Braves offered Tim Hudson last fall. Let's assume it wasn't the $23 million over two seasons that the Giants gave him, or else he wouldn't have seen the need to play elsewhere.

MLB Mock Draft: Astros skip Rodon at No. 1 in deeper-than-expected draft -

NC State lefty Carlos Rodon has No. 1 overall talent, but the Astros may feel they can't sign him. That starts a draft which is deeper than scouts let on.

Oakland A's shopping Jim Johnson - San Jose Mercury News
Struggling reliever Jim Johnson, acquired in offseason from Baltimore Orioles, is being offered in trade by Oakland Athletics.

Royals beat Cardinals 8-7 to sweep St. Louis half of I-70 Series | The Kansas City Star
Eric Hosmer's RBI single in the the ninth was the difference as the Royals beat the Cardinals 8-7 in St. Louis. The Royals won both games of the St. Louis half of this week's I-70 Series between the cross-state rivals. The series now moves to Kansas City for games Wednesday and Thursday nights at Kauffman Stadium.

At Fish Stripes

Derek Dietrich optioned: Marlins making room for Rafael Furcal - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins' demotion of Derek Dietrich does not appear to be a short-term change, because Rafael Furcal may be ready to join the Major League team from rehab shortly.

Miami Marlins' Jarrod Saltalamacchia may be placed on 15-day DL - Fish Stripes
After initially being placed on the seven-day concussion DL, Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia may be placed on the 15-day DL as a result of consistent symptoms. Jeff Mathis has been Miami's starter in his absence.

MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Tuesday night. Henderson Alvarez was dominant and maintained a low pitch count which allowed him to go the distance.

Derek Dietrich optioned: Miami Marlins promote first baseman Justin Bour from Triple-A - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of first baseman Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. He will replace Derek Dietrich on the Marlins's roster.