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Miami Marlins morning news: Jose Fernandez will make final rehab start Saturday

Fernandez will make his final rehab outing before joining the Marlins. Plus notes on Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Nicolino.

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Marlins News

Jose Fernandez is set to make his first start of 2015 against the Giants on July 2. And according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Fernandez is excited as he heads into his final rehab start on Saturday.

"I feel ready, I'm not going to lie," Fernandez said. "I'm ready to go. There's a reason why I'm throwing [July 2]. There is a reason why we've targeted it."

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a home run but it was not enough Thursday night as the Marlins fell to the Cardinals, who swept the three game series.

Dan Haren pitched well through six innings against St. Louis but the Marlins could not score against Lance Lynn and have lost seven of their last eight contests.

Left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia will represent the Marlins in the All-Star Futures Game.

Justin Nicolino wants to prove he deserves to remain in the Marlins' rotation. He will have another opportunity to do so on Friday night against the Dodgers.

Giancarlo Stanton has hit 27 home runs. But Miami's offense has struggled with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins do not want to trade any of their pitching depth. They have made that much clear.

Buy or sell? The Marlins have not decided yet.

Around the League

Steven Matz would join an already crowded Mets rotation. Is a trade possible?

Freddie Freeman received an injection in his injured wrist.

Matt Kemp in the leadoff spot? It might just make sense.

Kansas City wants starting pitching and is scouting Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins will not rush Jose Fernandez - Fish Stripes

Miami's ace is going from strength to strength in his rehab starts, but he will still debut on July 2nd against the Giants.

-Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins' offense trending in opposite directions - Fish Stripes

No matter how many home runs Giancarlo Stanton hits, the Marlins' offense has still remained stagnant.

-Miami Marlins' Martin Prado not expected back before All-Star Break - Fish Stripes

Prado is out with a shoulder injury and might have been a candidate to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.

-Giancarlo Stanton on pace for best high-strikeout season in MLB history - Fish Stripes

Giancarlo Stanton swings and misses a lot, but that may lead him to one of the best whiff-laden seasons in MLB history.

-Miami Marlins not likely to trade Dan Haren - Fish Stripes

The Marlins are not expected to deal the veteran before the trade deadline.

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