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Fish Bites: .500 Miami Marlins eye Wild Card, division title

The Miami Marlins refuse to go quietly. After an early summer swoon, the Fish have clawed their way back to within shouting distance of the playoff picture in the final six weeks of the season. Plus links on Brad Hand, Jarred Cosart and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Richard Justice: Marlins good, not going away anytime soon | MLB.com: News
As much as we've focused on the Nationals and Braves, as much as we wanted to see if the Phillies had one last run in them, the Marlins have kept going.

Newly acquired Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart primarily has winning on his mind - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
Newly acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart isn’t afraid to speak his mind, but the Marlins want his arm to do all the talking.

Giancarlo Stanton powers Miami Marlins' chase for NL wild card - MLB - SI.com
Against all odds, the Marlins are making a playoff run, and it's been keyed by the MVP-worthy performance of Giancarlo Stanton.

Preview: Rangers at Marlins | Sports - WDSU Home
The Miami Marlins look the part of a playoff contender as they welcome the struggling Texas Rangers for their first visit to Marlins Park on Tuesday to begin a two-game set. The Marlins have won seven of their last 10 to pull within 3 1/2 g...

The Good, The .500 and The 62 Marlins Recap 8/17/14 - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Marlins look to take the series from the Diamondbacks.

Greg Cote: NL MVP? It’s the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton by a landslide - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com

Giancarlo Stanton deserves the NL MVP for carying the Marlins on his shoulders.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Kole Calhoun, Garrett Richards lead Angels past Rangers again
ARLINGTON, Texas >> Kole Calhoun is embracing his role leading off for the Angels. And he’s doing it well.Calhoun opened the game with a single and added a double before his tiebreaking, three-run homer that put the Angels ahead to

Nick Markakis’s big grab helps Bud Norris, Baltimore defeat Chris Sale, White Sox - The Washington Post
Nick Markakis did a little of everything but it was his game-saving catch that fueled Baltimore’s win over Chicago.

Five losses in a row: Washington Nationals sweep Pirates, 6-5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
First, the Pirates and Washington Nationals traded innings filled with defensive mistakes. Later they swapped blown saves. A second consecutive walk-off loss charged to the Pirates bullpen, this one a 6-5 defeat in 11 innings at Nationals Park, gave the Pirates five losses in a row, all on this road trip.

ST. LOUIS: Cardinals beat Reds 6-5 in 10 innings - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com
Walking Billy Hamilton to start the ninth inning was a bad sign for Trevor Rosenthal. For the second straight game, the St. Louis Cardinals picked up their young closer.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton out of lineup for second consecutive day - MLB - SI.com
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is not in the lineup Monday for the second consecutive day.  Hamilton asked to be taken out of the lineup Sunday, saying he felt like he was "spinning my wheels," according to ESPN.com. Hamilton's request came a day after Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thought Hamilton was "not the same" as he was when he played with the Rangers.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

Miami Marlins Minor League Report August 17th - Fish Stripes
Andrew Heaney pitches a gem, Jupiter double dips, and Greensboro explodes.

Miami Marlins news: Mike Redmond to choose between Penny, Hand for fifth rotation spot - Fish Stripes
Manager Mike Redmond has no interest in utilizing a six man rotation, meaning he will have to move an arm prior to next weekend's series against the Rockies. One of Brad Hand or Brad Penny will make the start.

Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton thrives against Arizona Diamondbacks - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins right fielder had a solid offensive series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Plus links on Casey McGehee, Steve Cishek, and Jarred Cosart.

Miami Marlins news: Mike Redmond to choose between Penny, Hand for fifth rotation spot - Fish Stripes
Manager Mike Redmond has no interest in utilizing a six man rotation, meaning he will have to move an arm prior to next weekend's series against the Rockies. One of Brad Hand or Brad Penny will make the start.

Brad Hand vs. Jacob Turner - Fish Stripes
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