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Fish Bites: Donovan Solano, Jordany Valdespin playing well at second base

Both Miami Marlins second baseman, Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin, have been solid of late as the Marlins look for replacement options. Plus links on Brad Hand, Tyler Kolek, and Henderson Alvarez.

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Mike Zarrilli

-MLB Trade Rumors: Miami Marlins Scouting Boston Red Sox For a Potential Trade? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

It is no secret that Boston needs outfield depth and that the Marlins have one of the top young outfielders in the game in Giancarlo Stanton. There have been rumors in the past surrounding Stanton and the Red Sox and those talks could be reignited.

-Left Handed Hitters Have Owned Nathan Eovaldi in 2014 - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

eft handed hitters are killing Eovaldi, while he absolutely dominates right handers.  His .257 weighted On Base Average (wOBA) allowed against right handed hitters ranks 8th best in the National League among 56 qualifying starters.  While the .362 wOBA allowed against lefties ranks 48th of 56.  Similarly in Home Runs allowed per 9 innings (HR/9) he ranks 4th best versus righties and 44th versus lefties.

-Marlins win the lottery | Fish Bytes

The Marlins came out winners on Wednesday without ever stepping on the field, as their name was the first drawn in the Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 Major League Draft. As a result, they’ll have the first selection in Competitive Balance Round A, which immediately follows the first round of the draft.

-Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich club's Heart and Hustle Award recipient - Sun Sentinel

In his first full season, Christian Yelich is the Miami Marlins’ recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody its values, spirits and traditions.

-Marlins notes: Better strikeout rate, more first-pitch strikes key Morris' success - Sun Sentinel

Right-hander Bryan Morris with his latest scoreless inning Monday earned his third win since the Marlins acquired him from the Pirates in early June. His stellar numbers, including a 0.36 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings, aren't all that difficult to explain. Morris' strikeouts per nine innings have spiked from 5.1 in 65 innings with the Pirates last season to 6.6 through 49 innings this year. Opponents in 2013 logged an 11.6 percent swinging strike percentage off Morris. That figure according to Fangraphs is up to 13.8 percent.

-Notes: Solano, Valdespin giving Marlins second wind at second base - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins opened July with a collective .215 average from their second basemen. Thanks in large part to Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin, the position has been among the club's most productive this month. Solano in Tuesday's win over the Braves went 4-for-4 with a walk, making him and Valdespin a combined 18-for-45 (.400) with a .927 on-base plus slugging percentage in the 11 games they've started at second.

-No. 2 overall pick Kolek out with lower back issue | News

Marlins pitching prospect Tyler Kolek, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, is on a no-throw status for about a week due to lower back discomfort.

-Miami Marlins at Houston Astros - July 25, 2014 | Preview

Hand (1-2, 4.86 ERA) pitched most of the first few months of the season out of the bullpen, but he has made four straight starts for the Marlins since returning from the disabled list at the beginning of July. How long Hand remains a starter will be a matter of health and consistency. He spent time on the DL with an ankle injury in June. But since working himself back into game shape, Hand has been able to pitch around a steady routine.

-Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves - July 24, 2014 | MIA Recap

If the Marlins are to climb back to the .500 mark and make a push, they will need to follow the leadership of an ace. Henderson Alvarez did his part Thursday night, and in the process, put to rest any doubts about his sore left shin.

Around The League

-Richard Justice: Tight Dodgers-Giants race is good for baseball | News

Baseball is better when the Dodgers and Giants are both good. They remain two of the sport's cornerstone franchises, both playing to packed houses, both occupying large places in the hearts and minds of their local citizens.

-What I learned from the incomparable Greg Maddux. | : Dirk Hayhurst Article

Behind the faded, red brick of my parents' home, the land stretches out like a blanket. It casually falls over the rolling countryside, fences and shrub lines tracing across it, like stitches in a verdant quilt. Patches of houses, corn and wheat fields, pastures and power line inlays, they're all set beneath a blue midwestern sky. Some people called this Ohio. I just called it the backyard.

-Tampa Bay Rays' seven-game winning streak may change their minds about trading David Price | News

Seven straight wins had the Rays sitting a suddenly manageable seven games back in the AL East, entering Friday, to say nothing of the meager 4 1/2-game deficit they held in the Wild Card. So it would surprise absolutely no one if all this David Price banter leads to bupkis in terms of actual trade activity before the Deadline.

-Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins | News

The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins trade rumors: Miami scouting Jake Peavy - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins were reportedly among the teams with scouts present at Jake Peavy's start on Tuesday night. Miami is looking to add a starting pitcher who will not become a free agent after the season.

-Miami Marlins Prospect Update: Avery Romero - Fish Stripes

An update on Miami Marlins possible second base savior Avery Romero.

-Christian Yelich's path to stardom - Fish Stripes

Gabe Kapler of Fox Sports recently penned a piece on the bright future of Christian Yelich. What does he have to do to improve on his excellent career start?

-Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: Trading Steve Cishek may bother Giancarlo Stanton - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have received several calls with regard to closer Steve Cishek over the last few days, and The Miami Herald cited a source who notes that the Marlins would risk angering Giancarlo Stanton if they decided to trade way their closer.

-Steve Cishek and the attrition rate of closers - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins may try to keep Steve Cishek to appeal to Giancarlo Stanton. But would they be making a bad move to bank on a reliever?

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