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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi candidate for solid second half

Miami Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi could bounce back and have a solid second half of 2014. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Jarrod Saltalamaccia, and the Marlins' playoff chances.

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-Giancarlo Stanton home run destroys fan's hand (Photo)

There are certain things you should not do in life, and on that list of things is catching a Major League Baseball home run bare-handed. I have to admit that if I were going to a game I would not bring a glove and would consider trying to catch a ball bare-handed. After seeing this picture of a fan’s hand, who tried to catch a Giancarlo Stanton home run barehanded, I am going to rethink that.

-Giancarlo Stanton Open to Staying in Miami

Marlins fans everywhere have worried about the future of Giancarlo Stanton ever since he broke into the big leagues. More importantly, does that future take place in Miami? The answer is still unclear, as keeping him would involve a massive long-term contract, as the slugger has blossomed into an MVP candidate this season. However, an LA Times reporter offers some clues about what Giancarlo could be thinking, in terms of his willingness to become a franchise player in Miami.

-Stanton puts on first round show, then a goose egg after long layoff at home run derby | Fish Bytes

The rest of the country found out what the Marlins have known for years now -- watching Giancarlo Stanton take batting practice can be breathtaking. On the eve of the 85th All-Star Game, the Marlins' 6-6, 250-pound muscle-bound right fielder put on an epic display of power at the Home Run Derby -- the kind few rarely see because of his team's relative obscurity.

-Stanton, NL teammates already looking for next year's home run derby; when will Marlins Park host the All-Star Game? | Fish Bytes

Giancarlo Stanton didn't leave Target Field Monday as the Home Run Derby champion,  but that doesn't mean he's done trying. The Marlins' 24-year-old slugger said Tuesday he's already looking forward to getting another chance in next year's derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, baseball's most prolific launching pad for home runs.

-American League win adds to Derek Jeter lovefest - Sun Sentinel

The all-Jeter-all-the-time All-Star Game started off the way it was supposed to Tuesday night when Derek Jeter dove to his left for a shot off Andrew McCutchen's bat, righted himself and rifled a throw to first.

-Fading Miami Marlins hope to re-discover early first-half success - Sun Sentinel

The All-Star break could not have come at a better time for the Miami Marlins, who open the second half Friday night having lost four in row and 11 of 16. They are a season-worst six games below .500 (44-50) and are 7 ½ games behind the National League East-leading Braves and Nationals. That's also the distance between the Marlins and the top of the wild card standings.

-San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins - July 18, 2014 | Preview

One of the things Eovaldi has been able to control is his issuing of free passes. He's allowed only 23 walks compared to 83 strikeouts. "I think that's the best I've done with my walks-to-strikeouts ratio," Eovaldi said. "I was pleased with [the first half]. I just had those few bumps in the road, where I had that one bad inning. If I can eliminate that, I'll be good."

-Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton stars in face of questions about future | News

For Giancarlo Stanton, the trade rumors are just part of his existence -- kind of like the tape-measure home runs he hits. But unlike the power, which Stanton has worked hard to maintain, the trade talk -- which has started to pop up again in recent days -- is completely out of his control.

-Home Run Derby dinger defines Marlins' 2014 All-Star time | News

Though Giancarlo Stanton took three trips to the plate as a designated hitter during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, finishing 0-for-3 with a popout, flyout and strikeout, his All-Star legacy did not budge. Stanton's presence here will always be defined by the 510-foot explosion he generated in Monday's Home Run Derby, and there was little he could have done Tuesday to alter that.

-Miami Marlins within striking distance of making playoff run | News

At the midway point, the Marlins can sum up their season as a mixture of encouragement and disappointment. They've made tremendous strides since losing 100 games a year ago, but Miami has also squandered a number of games that could have kept it closer to the leaders in the National League East.

Around The League

Anthony Castrovince: Five second-half predictions | News

At least as we enter the second half of the 2014 season, we're making something vaguely resembling educated guesses.

-Grieving Segura ready to rejoin Brewers | News

After enduring personal tragedy, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has told team officials that he is ready to get back to work. Segura traveled with members of his family on Thursday to Washington D.C., where he will meet the Brewers to begin the second half of the season on Friday, one week after Segura's 9-month-old son, Janniel, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic.

-All eyes on Price as second half begins | News

The Rays played their best baseball of the season over the final month of a disappointing first half, providing reason for optimism within their clubhouse. But the question remains: Will they trade David Price?

-Richard Justice: Big names that could be on move | News

For some teams, the future is defined as the next 3 1/2 months. For others, it's about the big picture. Welcome to the final two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the time when every club attempts to better position itself for the future.

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