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Miami Marlins morning news: Jose Fernandez faces live batters

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Fernandez threw 15 pitches in Jupiter on Thursday. Plus links on Ichiro Suzuki and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Marlins News

Jose Fernandez is one step closer to being back. According to MLB.com's Steve Dorsey, Fernandez threw 15 pitches to live batters on Thursday.

Jose Fernandez did something Thursday that he had not done in almost a year -- pitch against live hitting.

The Marlins' 22-year-old ace, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 15 pitches while facing hitters on a back field at the Marlins' Spring Training complex behind Roger Dean Stadium.

Adeiny Hechavarria has been consistently praised for his defense. But he is also having success at the plate early in 2015 and may be closer to becoming a complete player.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a three-run home run on Wednesday night. The Marlins' dugout went crazy.

Giancarlo Stanton. All-Star. Can it happen again?

Miami is set to open a three game series with the Phillies tonight, and Tom Koehler is hoping to turn in another quality start. The back of Miami's rotation may just be getting comfortable.

The Marlins have a notable amount of faith in catcher J.T. Realmuto. But the move might pay off, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia struggled last season and throughout April.

Miami is known for its young core. Where did ESPN rank the club's best players under 25?

Steve Cishek has been off to a slow start and Dee Gordon is hot. It is only April, though, and the sample sizes are notably small.

Around the League

Troy Tulowitzki has had a lot of success over the past few seasons. Should he be the starting shortstop in this year's All-Star game?

Houston is playing notably well, and that might make things challenging for the rest of the American League.

Albert Pujols is listed as day to day with a hamstring injury.

Gerrit Cole is emerging as Pittsburgh's ace.

At Fish Stripes

-Bullpen inconsistency has hurt Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Marlins bullpen has not provided relief and struggled in crucial situations this year.

-Miami Marlins offense getting away with ground balls - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have hit a lot of ground balls to start out the 2015 season, and that trend may continue. It generally is not a positive offensive trend.

-Miami Marlins J.T. Realmuto has 'a lot of talent and upside' - Fish Stripes

Both Dan Haren and Mat Latos have publicly supported the catching prospect. Plus notes on potential trade partners.

-2015 Miami Marlins minor league depth: Outfield Pt. 2 - Fish Stripes

Casey Soltis, Matt Juengal and Anfernee Seymour round out the best of the rest for the Miami Marlins prospect outfielders down on the farm.

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