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Fish Bites: Kike Hernandez may become starting outfielder

For the final seven games of the season, Kike Hernandez will likely see time in both right and center field. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Rich Schultz

-MLB Rumors: Marlins "Very Interested" in Pablo Sandoval? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

San Francisco Giant first baseman Pablo Sandoval is going to be the one of the most sought after free agents this off-season. The third baseman is in the middle of a playoff run with the Giants, but will turn his attention to free agency right after the season.

-Jose Fernandez Cleared To Begin Throwing Program - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rehab for Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez seems to be going as well as can be hoped for. Earlier news broke on twitter that Jose would be able to begin throwing again very soon.

-Miami Marlins’ what-ifs start with Jose Fernandez | The Miami Herald

Friday afternoon was team picture day for the Marlins and the only player not around to pose for the camera was All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who still isn’t ready to show the world his smile after being beaned in the face last week. No need to worry, though, "I’m sure they’ll Photoshop him in," manager Mike Redmond said before taking a moment to reflect on the turnaround the Marlins have made.

-Miami Marlins eliminated from playoff contention with loss to Nationals | The Miami Herald

Those who still held out hope the Marlins would somehow get into the playoffs this season had those postseason dreams dashed Saturday night.

-Clemente Award nominee Cishek among Marlins' best closers, but future uncertain - Sun Sentinel

Honored this week for his off-the-field contributions, Steve Cishek is making his mark on the mound as one of the most effective closers the Miami Marlins have had. Of Marlins closers with more than 50 saves, Cishek ranks second in converting 90 percent of his save opportunities (89 of 99). Only Bryan Harvey was better at 93 percent (51 of 55); Harvey filled the role for just over one full season.

-Miami Marlins: Stanton feels fortunate, recovering quickly from beaning - Sun Sentinel

The transformation from a week ago was remarkable. The swelling greatly reduced, but with a missing tooth, a healing cut next to his mouth and marks under his eyes as reminders of the violent end to his season in Milwaukee, Giancarlo Stanton said that all things considered he feels fortunate.

-Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez to begin throwing; return uncertain - Sun Sentinel

Jose Fernandez finally has a date for when he can pick up a baseball and throw it. As for when the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year will return to pitch for the Miami Marlins, that is still uncertain.

-Fan surprises himself by catching foul ball, absolutely loses it | MLB.com

One Marlins fan surprised himself by putting both to use on Sunday when he hauled in a Marcell Ozuna foul ball down the right-field line as the Fish were hosting the Nationals. Ozuna sends the foul ball toward the barrier in the corner and this guy barely realizes what's happening before it ends up in his lap.

-Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins - September 23, 2014 | MLB.com Preview

For the Marlins, their most reliable starting pitcher over the course of the season has been Alvarez, who stepped up after Jose Fernandez's season ended after Tommy John surgery in May. "Henderson has had his bumps and bruises, but he's been able to fight through it," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "For me, Henderson has had a big breakout year as far as his innings, having success. He's another guy, we're not where we are without his success."

-Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins - September 21, 2014 | MLB.com MIA Recap

It wasn't a victory, but it certainly was a positive step forward for Nathan Eovaldi. The hard-throwing right-hander demonstrated a more consistent delivery, executed more effective secondary pitches and minimized damage on Sunday afternoon.

Around The League

-New York Mets at Atlanta Braves - September 21, 2014 | MLB.com ATL Recap

Now that the Braves have bid adieu to any thought of playing in October, they have started to provide answers that are indicative of the genuine frustration they have felt over the past few months. This proved to be the case with Ervin Santana, who took his lumps during Sunday afternoon's 10-2 loss to the Mets and then talked about how hard it is to pitch with the support of an offense that has been as abysmal as Atlanta's.

-Altuve has most hits by second baseman since '36 | MLB.com

HOUSTON -- The hits keep coming for Jose Altuve. As do the milestones for the Astros All-Star second baseman. Altuve's RBI double in Houston's three-run fifth inning Sunday was his 219th hit of the season. That hit put him in elite company among second baseman in baseball history. With the double off Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, Altuve passed Rod Carew for most hits in a season by a second baseman since 1936. Charlie Gehringer of the Tigers had 227 hits that year.

-Gardner belts 15,000th homer in Yanks history | MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner connected for the 15,000th home run in Yankees franchise history on Sunday afternoon, launching a solo shot to right field off Drew Hutchison in New York's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Gardner's blast carried into the second deck in right field and marked the second Yankees home run of the afternoon, following a first-inning blast by Brian McCann that also came off Hutchison.

-Cards' October ticket booked; division crown goal | MLB.com

ST. LOUIS -- Though their sights are still set on a second straight division title, the Cardinals took the field for Sunday night's regular-season home finale knowing that their season will not end in a week. Before diving into their preparations for a game against the Reds, players and staff gathered in the video room to watch the final outs of the game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park. It was somewhat bittersweet for them to watch Pittsburgh wrap up a 1-0 win, since the Pirates are still chasing the Cardinals in the division. But with the Pirates' win, the Brewers were eliminated from the National League Central race, and the Cardinals were ensured of no worse than at least an NL Wild Card spot.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins should not move Christian Yelich to first base - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are considering moving Christian Yelich to first base if they can find an outfield upgrade, but that would cause significant lost value for Yelich and the Fish.

-Jose Fernandez news: Fernandez could start throwing program on October 1 - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez may get the go-ahead to resume light throwing activities on October 1, putting him on schedule for a return to the field after Tommy John surgery.

-Marlins news: Miami interested in Pablo Sandoval - Fish Stripes

Peter Gammons doesn't believe the Giants will resign third baseman Pablo Sandoval, and Gammos believes the Marlins are very interested in the third baseman. Casey McGehee has been solid at third for the Marlins in 2014.

-Nathan Eovaldi's 2014 season and fielding-independent pitching - Fish Stripes

Nathan Eovaldi's 2014 season has not finished the way we would like it, and some of it has to do with things he can control, and some of it does not.

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