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Fish Bites: Marlins Reach .500

On this edition of Fish Bites, we take a look at the Marlins reaching .500, Hand and Penny battling for the 5th rotation spot, and whether or not Adeiny Hechavarria is improving.

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Marlins vs. Rangers to feature upside-down pitching showdowns | Fish Bytes

Miami Herald's Clark Spencer explores a unique aspect of Miami's series against the Rangers.

No decision yet -- Hand or Penny -- for 5th spot in rotation | Fish Bytes

Now that Henderson Alvarez has moved his way back to the Marlins rotation after spending a few weeks on the disabled list, Brad Hand and Penny will have competition to see who will keep a starting gig.

Marlins notes: Significance of win No. 62 not lost on Mike Redmond, players - Sun Sentinel

After the Marlins matched their 2013 win total with around 38 games, manager Mike Redmond told Sun Sentinel's Juan Rodriguez about the significance of reaching that feat.

Sunday Poll: Is Adeiny Hechavarria Improving? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Marlin Maniac's Ehsan Kassim takes a look at shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and whether or not he's been improving on both ends of the field.

Dan Jennings reflects, Ozuna's slump, Furcal to undergo surgery | Fish Bytes

The following piece from the Miami Herald focuses on varying key news stories: Dan Jennings reflecting on his recovery from injury, Ozuna's slump and Rafael Furcal undergoing another surgery.

Around the League

The 10 most underrated players in baseball, part one - SBNation.com

With no particular criteria, SBNation's Grant Brisbee gives his take on some of the more underrated players in baseball.

Jon Hamm loves baseball as much as you love Jon Hamm - SBNation.com

Don Draper may be moved by liquor, cigarettes, and loose women, but Jon Hamm lives for the Cardinals.

Rusney Castillo questions answered - SBNation.com

The "next big thing" from Cuba will soon make a decision on which team he'll sign with. We present you this primer on Rusney Castillo.

How Pitchers are Pitching to Javier Baez | FanGraphs Baseball

FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan takes a look at how pitchers are pitching to Javier Baez compared to other top-notch hitters.

The Mets' Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem - SBNation.com

Why would do the Mets constantly carp and grump about their most exciting pitching prospect in a generation? Because it's what they do.

Fish Stripes

Richard Justice: "Marlins not going away anytime soon" - Fish Stripes

In his latest piece, MLB.com's Richard Justice discusses how the Marlins got to .500, 14 wins ahead of their 2013 pace, and 3.5 games away from the Wild Card with a blend of young (and improving) talent and proven veterans.

Scout on Miami Marlins' Jarrod Saltalamacchia: "I expected more" - Fish Stripes

In his latest piece, MLB.com's Richard Justice discusses how the Marlins got to .500, 14 wins ahead of their 2013 pace, and 3.5 games away from the Wild Card with a blend of young (and improving) talent and proven veterans.

Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich: A balanced star - Fish Stripes

Amid the fantastic year of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich is quietly having a star-level campaign by doing all the little things decently.

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.