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Miami Marlins morning news: Henderson Alvarez okay after slipping on Thursday

Henderson Alvarez is OK after slipping rounding third base. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton and Donovan Solano.

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Marlins News

Henderson Alvarez slid into home plate safely on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals, however according to's Joe Frisaro, Manager Mike Redmond was concerned with Alvarez's choice:

"That wasn't what I was looking for," manager Mike Redmond said. "I want him throwing strikes. I don't want to see him sliding into home plate."

An All-Star in 2014, Alvarez is projected as the Marlins' Opening Day starter. The announcement is pending.

Giancarlo Stanton went deep yesterday. It is safe to say he is ready for 2015.

Brad Hand is going to start Friday's contest against the Astros. Jarred Cosart was scheduled to throw but he has a blister on his right middle finger. Hand has been drawing interest in recent days.

Donovan Solano is fighting for a spot on the Marlins' bench. Can he end spring on a positive note?

Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball as a result of gambling allegations. There is no time line for the investigation.

Don Kelly is well-liked in Detroit. He is hoping to win a bench spot, and may have an edge because of his versatility.

Alvarez will be the Marlins' ace until Jose Fernandez returns. Consistency will be key.

Miami's starters have struggled of late. Do not make too much of it-it is just spring training, a time to experiment.

Around the League

Jason Heyward has not provided consistent power to this point in his career. But that could change in 2015.

Brady Aiken is the latest pitcher to have Tommy John surgery.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. One lineup. A ton of power.

Yasmany Tomas could open the 2015 season in the minors. Would it make sense?

At Fish Stripes

-2015 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Other relievers - Fish Stripes

The Marlins will feature a few other relievers on their roster to round out what should be an adequate bullpen in 2015.

-Donovan Solano, Reid Brignac battling for Marlins' bench spot - Fish Stripes

Reed Johnson, Reid Brignac, and Donovan Solano are locked in a three-way battle for the final roster spot. Mark Laming examines the three contenders.

-MLB investigating Jarred Cosart for involvement with online gambler - Fish Stripes

Major League Baseball is looking into a probe regarding Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart and his involvement with an online gambler.

-2015 Miami Marlins minor league depth: First base - Fish Stripes

Although Michael Morse and Justin Bour are already starting to become household names in Miami Marlins community, there are others who play first base in the Marlins Minor league system that might prove to be hidden gems and future household names.

-Miami Marlins release Donnie Joseph - Fish Stripes

The Marlins acquired the lefty reliever in exchange for cash considerations last June.