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Fish Bites: Marlins Open Second Half Against San Francisco Giants

After blasting out of the gates to a surprisingly strong start, the Marlins faded in late June and early July, just before the All Star Break. The Fish will look to open the second half strong as they host the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park this weekend.

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Miami Marlins open second half with short homestand - Sun Sentinel
The Miami Marlins host the San Francisco Giants in a three-game weekend set before hitting the road again.

Miami Marlins could be in market for pitching, infield help as trade deadline nears | FOX Sports on MSN
Check the standings Thursday and notice that half of MLB's divisions are separated from first and last by just 10 1/2 games. What does that mean for the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? The line between buyers and sellers will be a small one if clubs believe they have a shot at the postseason.

How Have The Miami Marlins Big 3 Free Agent Signings Done So Far? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins signed 3 big free agents for 2014. How have they fared so far?

Fan's claim of bruising hand on Giancarlo Stanton HR at Derby a hoax | FOX Sports on MSN

After blasting six home runs, including a 512-foot bomb that nearly left the park, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton certainly left his mark on fans at the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby at Target Field. The mark left on one fan, however, was a little too real.

Andrew McCutchen Flipped Out When Giancarlo Stanton's Homer Almost Left The Stadium (GIF)

Out of the 82 dingers hit at the 2014 Home Run Derby on Monday night, one seemed to break Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen. Standing along the first base line, McCutchen just couldn't hold it together as he watched the Miami Marlins slugger.

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Atlanta Braves News: The Atlanta Braves

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Braves trade rumors: David Price favors move to Atlanta - Talking Chop

According to rumors, David Price wants to be traded to Atlanta. It isn't happening.

KC Royals trade for veteran Jason Frasor to improve bullpen | The Kansas City Star

The Royals continued to make supplemental tweaks to their roster, in search of low-cost improvements, by acquiring right-handed reliever Jason Frasor from Texas. Kansas City shipped minor-league reliever Spencer Patton in exchange for the 36-year-old. Jimmy Paredes was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for Frasor. The Royals also optioned righty Louis Coleman to Class AAA Omaha.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki talks St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors - Redbird Rants

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki spoke about St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors this week while in Minneapolis for the 2014 MLB All Star-Game.

Jose Abreu's table set for home run marks - chicagotribune.com

White Sox slugger on pace to surpass Albert Bell's 1998 team record and Mark McGwire's 1987 rookie best of 49.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

Miami Marlins trade rumors: Marlins seeking second baseman, starting pitcher - Fish Stripes

Heading into the All-Star break, the Miami Marlins internally discussed the need to add both a starting pitcher and second baseman. Jacob Turner could be slotted into the rotation come July 22 if the Marlins choose to hold off on a move.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton would likely welcome homecoming - Fish Stripes

During the All-Star game press conferences, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was asked about returning home to play for the Dodgers, and noted it was always a dream.

Giancarlo Stanton still unlikely to stay with Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have a very short window of time to figure out what to do with Giancarlo Stanton. Their odds of re-signing the slugger are slim, and taking him to free agency to test those odds would be a dangerous proposition.

Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: Would the Marlins trade Jake Marisnick, Marcell Ozuna? - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins recently made it known that they are looking to add a starting pitcher who is under club control and a second baseman who can hit leadoff. Would the Marlins be open to dealing Jake Marisnick or Marcell Ozuna in a deal?

Miami Marlins Prospect Update: Zack Cox - Fish Stripes

A look at New Orleans Zephyrs third basemen Zack Cox, and his journey from elite prospect to non-prospect.