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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez to start Friday against Phillies

Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez will return to the mound on Friday against the Phillies. Plus links on Brad Penny, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Rob Foldy

-Giancarlo Stanton Rumors: Marlins prepared to offer Stanton franchise record contract - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The the conversation around Miami all season has been centered around Giancarlo Stanton, and for good reason. Stanton is enjoying an MVP season, is on the verge of breaking the Marlins all-time home run record, and can also break the single season home run mark.

-Marlins Close Playoff Gap, Other Marlins Notes - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call them the team that just won’t go away. The Milwaukee Brewers found that out first hand on Tuesday night as the Marlins won 6-3 in thrilling fashion.

-Miami Marlins face Red Sox, Yankees at home and on road in 2015 | Fish Tank - Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins home schedule for 2015 received a jolt with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both coming to Marlins Park. The Marlins play both AL East teams four times each, twice at home and twice on the road, it was announced today when Major League Baseball released next year’s schedules.

-Henderson Alvarez likely to start Friday in Philadelphia | Fish Bytes

Henderson Alvarez looked like he might be finished for the season when he left the mound on Sept. 1 with an oblique injury. Now it appears likely he'll be back as early as Friday in Philadelphia. "I'm optimistic he'll be fine to pitch on Friday," said manager Mike Redmond.

-From Aaron to Stanton: A HR breakdown by franchise | Fish Bytes

Giancarlo Stanton tied Dan Uggla atop Miami's all-time home run list on Monday with his 154th as a Marlin. But that's the fewest home runs for any franchise leader, and Stanton is nowhere close to the top gun. Hank Aaron hit 733 with the Braves. If Stanton has a chance of catching anyone on the franchise leaderboard, it's going to be Nate Colbert, who hit 163 homers with the Padres, and se 163 homers with the Padres, and Evan Longoria, who has connected on 181 for Tampa Bay. They're the only other franchise leaders with fewer than 200 homers.

-Miami Marlins notes: Scoring change takes away hit, RBI from Casey McGehee - Sun Sentinel

Casey McGehee thought he entered Sunday's game riding a nine-game hitting streak. Not so. Saturday, the Marlins were informed of a scoring change that took away not only a hit, but an RBI from McGehee. What initially was ruled an RBI infield-single in the third inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Mets, now is an error on first baseman Lucas Duda.

-Miami Marlins: Jones shows signs of breaking out of slump - Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. In both instances Garrett Jones provided the encore blast. On April 25 he followed Jarrod Saltalamacchia against the Mets in New York. Monday he followed Marcell’s Ozuna’s eye-opening blast to center field with an opposite-field shot of his own  to left off Yovani Gallardo.

-Miami Marlins: Marcell Ozuna puts on impressive display power - Sun Sentinel

Even with Giancarlo Stanton tying the Miami Marlins' home run record, the focus of attention this week has been on the power-hitting display of a teammate. Going into Thursday's series finale with the Brewers, Marcell Ozuna had hit homers in three consecutive games. And he has hit them far. There was the towering 462-foot blast to center on Monday, and Wednesday he drove an opposite-field, no-doubter to right.

-Realmuto sparks Jacksonville's Game 1 win |

Led by catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins' No. 7 prospect, Double-A Jacksonville defeated Chattanooga, 5-3, in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series on Wednesday. It was the Suns' 14th win in their last 15 games, a hot streak that dates back to the regular season. Realmuto went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI. In five playoff games, he is hitting .350/.458/.500 and has scored six runs.

-Penny back to bullpen to make room for Alvarez |

The return of right-hander Henderson Alvarez will move veteran Brad Penny to the bullpen, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said before Wednesday night's game against the Brewers. "We'll see where we can mix him in, but he'll pitch out of the bullpen," Redmond said of Penny. "Whether it be on Saturday or wherever, we'll see where we need him going forward."

Around The League

-Why Justin Verlander makes sense in the bullpen. | : Matthew Leach Article

For all the potency of the front of their rotation, the Detroit Tigers lack starting depth. Justin Verlander is currently their fourth-best starter, but if Anibal Sanchez returns and the Tigers make the postseason, the equation changes, pushing a slumping Verlander out of their top four.

-Sale proves he is (in a word) great |

CHICAGO -- Let's simplify the White Sox offseason plan before it even gets formulated. Just clone Chris Sale. Then clone him again.

-Mets host Tuesday's Children as part of 9/11 tribute |

NEW YORK -- Thursday was a somber day of remembrance in this city and elsewhere, and Citi Field was no exception. But amidst the Mets' batting-practice caps honoring first responders and the where-were-you-when stories from 13 years prior, tucked away in the bowels of the stadium was a group of kids with smiles -- huge, unapologetic, cheesing smiles. A handful of players were signing autographs for a special group of 100 or so fans in attendance as the Mets hosted the Nationals. These fans were from Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, that vowed to help the families of those who lost their lives.

-Postseason schedule set; Fall Classic opens Oct. 21 |

Major League Baseball announced the postseason schedule on Thursday, starting on Sept. 30 with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS and the National League equivalent coming a day later on ESPN. The 110th World Series will get underway in an AL city to be determined on Oct. 21 -- the first Tuesday start since 1990. The regular season ends on Sunday, Sept. 28, and the following day will be kept open to accommodate potential tiebreaker games. Any necessary regular-season tiebreakers would be broadcast by ESPN.

At Fish Stripes

-Estimating a Marlins Giancarlo Stanton contract extension (again) - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are planning on offering Giancarlo Stanton the most lucrative deal in franchise history. How much would that deal cost? Fish Stripes takes a stab at this question again.

-Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins to offer franchise-record contract to Stanton, Nightengale reports - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are preparing to offer a franchise-record lucrative contract to star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton as early as this offseason. Stanton, for his part, may be willing to listen to a deal.

-Miami Marlins news: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees head to Miami in 2015 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins released their 2015 schedule earlier in the week, revealing the team will face the AL East over the course of the year. The New York Yankees and Boston Rex Sox will both make trips to Marlins Park next season.

-Miami Marlins Minor League Report: Playoffs - Fish Stripes

Let's take a look at how the Jacksonville Suns and Greensboro Grasshoppers are doing in their playoff appearances.

-Mike Bauman: Giancarlo Stanton should be NL MVP, regardless of playoff run - Fish Stripes

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $18,000 Fantasy Baseball league for tonight's MLB games. It's $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Jump in now. Here's the FanDuel link. columist Mike Bauman believes Giancarlo Stanton deserves to be the National League MVP, regardless of whether the Marlins make the playoffs or not. Miami was three and a half games out of a Wild Card spot heading into Wednesday night.