Jon Lester was traded by the Boston Red Sox at the MLB Trade deadline on Thursday to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. A deal that has been met with both rave reviews and criticism for the Sox.
One name that never came up in discussions between the two teams, however, was the Marlins superstar right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.
Marlins reliever Mike Dunn has a new nickname: The Vulture. Bullpen buddy A.J. Ramos was flapping his arms Sunday morning, a day after Dunn tied a team record with nine wins as a reliever. Saturday night, Dunn swooped in to get the final two outs in the top of the 10th inning, earning the ‘W’ when Christian Yelich hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning.
Henderson Alvarez said the MRI performed on his right shoulder Friday showed nothing more than inflammation and he's hoping to be back on the mound for the Marlins when he's scheduled to come off the 15-day disabled list during the team's next home stand.
Including Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, the Miami Marlins all-time have played almost a full season and a half of games in which they did not allow an earned run over nine or more innings. They dropped to 233-6 in those contests.
The Miami Marlins have released former All-Star infielder Miguel Tejada. Assigned to Double-A Jacksonville, Tejada totaled 14 at-bats over four games (May 31-June 4) before going on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury.
The reason baseball managers and executives say they can never have a surplus of pitching was on display Sunday at Marlins Park. A rocky outing by Jacob Turner in a 7-3 loss to the Reds underscored why the Miami Marlins made the trade-deadline deal to acquire Jarred Cosart.
The Marlins' playoff hopes suffered a big blow on Friday when starter Henderson Alvarez landed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. But Alvarez said Saturday at Marlins Park that he doesn't expect to be out longer the two weeks. An MRI exam showed the righty that the injury isn't serious, so he will begin throwing again in about six days.
On the eve of Christian Yelich Bobblehead Day at Marlins Park, the 22-year-old left fielder showed fans why he's so valuable to the Marlins. With a runner on third and just one out in the 10th inning, Yelich hit a single over the glove of second baseman Ramon Santiago, lifting the Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Reds on Saturday night.
After returning home from a 10-game West Coast road trip that featured some tested tempers, the Pirates begin an eight-game homestand Tuesday when the Marlins visit PNC Park. "This was a challenging point of the season," manager Clint Hurdle said of the trip. "We got nothing planned [for the off-day Monday] -- returning home, especially with the time change, absolutely encourage everybody to just take a day off."
That old adage "when it rains, it pours" didn't seem trite to Jeff Mathis on Thursday night. After being at the center of the controversial play at the plate against the Reds, the catcher and his wife arrived home to a flooded apartment.
Around The League
The Mariners have finished in fourth place for four seasons in a row, yet this year they at least have a chance of grabbing the final playoff spot. If they do, it will be in large part thanks to new second baseman Robinson Cano, who has brought production and leadership to Seattle.
Paul Goldschmidt's season is likely finished, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson revealed on Sunday. The two-time All-Star first baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand on Saturday, a day after he was struck by a fastball from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of a 9-4 loss.
Andrew McCutchen had to be taken out of the Pirates' game vs. the D-backs Sunday afternoon when he injured his left side while hitting a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
Lefty Jon Lester, traded to the Athletics a few days ago, took out an ad in Sunday's Boston Globe to thank Red Sox fans for their support.
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins are making a calculated bet for the now instead of the future, just as fans requested. The team is expecting that former top prospect Jarred Cosart develops better than current top prospect Colin Moran.
The Miami Marlins traded away potential future third baseman Colin Moran in the Jarred Cosart trade, and that huge cost has left a large question mark at third base once again for the Fish.
The Miami Marlins fell to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night largely because of an overturned obstruction call that led to a big eighth inning for the Reds. Major League Baseball issued a statement stating the correct call was made.
Just as the Miami Marlins figure to add to their rotation, they have to take away from it as well. Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Dan Jennings was recalled from Triple-A.
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