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Miami Marlins Morning News: Marlins defeat Nationals

The Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Wednesday among other Marlins related stories.

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Miami Marlins News

The Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals 5-4 Wednesday afternoon. Giancarlo hit his first home run since being hit with a pitch last September. Stanton also doubled in the first inning he also added an RBI single in the third inning.

The Marlins and outfielder Christian Yelich have agreed on a 7 year deal worth $49.5 Million. The deal also includes an option for an eight season. Yelich batted .284 and notched 54 RBIs in 2014. He is a big part of the Marlins future and locking him up for multiple years was a prudent move on the part of the Marlins.

Five Marlins players were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Pitcher Andre Rienzo, Catcher J.T. Realmuto, First Basman Justin Bour, and infielders Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas.

ESPN.com has posted a feature story about Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The story details Stanton as part of their MLB season preview. In the article Stanton is donned the "Face of the National League"

Miami Marlins owner Jeffery Loria is tired of losing and is hoping that the team can be successful this season. With lavish offseason acquisitions the Marlins are positioned to contend this season

Around the League

Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire "would love to manage again". Gardenhire spent 13 years as the Twins skipper and was replaced by Paul Molitor after last season.

Super agent Scott Boras has already engaged in a tug-of-war over Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant. Bryant, who has never played a Major League game and will have his debut delayed by at least 12 days as he will be assigned to Triple A Iowa to begin the season.

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to miss his planned opening-day start with tendinitis in his right forearm. Cobb was supposed to start the Rays opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that there is no timetable on a descion regarding Pete Rose. Rose is seeking reinstatement after being banned from baseball for gambling on the games.

White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has set a lofty goal. Samardzija has set a goal to start 33 games and take the White Sox to the postseason. Samardzjia is part of the rebuilt White Sox who are hoping to make the postseason and win the AL Central.

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