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Miami Marlins morning news: Marlins middle infield has been solid defensively

For a team that is currently standing at 31-46, expectedly, there are only a few bright spots on the club with one of them being the defensive performance that the middle of the infield has put on. Plus links on the pitching staff, a dedicated super fan, and more.

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Marlins News

Dee Gordon and Adeiny Hechavarria were two of the most talked about and debated Marlins players coming into this season, each for their own different reasons. Both have respectively had surprising seasons at the plate, but have also been a strong tandem up the middle.

The further away the Marlins keep themselves from the playoff picture, the more likely they are to deal their starting pitching depth.

After Jose Fernandez had to undergo Tommy John surgery early last season, a very dedicated Marlins super fan decided that he was not going to shave his head or beard until Fernandez pitched another game in the majors. This fan will shave his beard after Fernandez pitches on Thursday and benefit a great cause.

All-Star balloting will come to close on Thursday, and two Marlins are currently sitting comfortably for a starting position.

Dan Jennings has shuffled around the lineup a lot in his time as manager, but here is a look at a unique and advanced way that the Marlins could construct their lineup to maximize offensive potential.

Even though the season has not reached its mid-point, there are many that believe this Marlins season has already been lost. If that is the case,then who is really to blame?

Around the League

The participants for the Home Run Derby have not been announced yet, but Albert Pujols is willing to give it one more shot if he is named to the All-Star team.

The Phillies announced that Andy MacPhail would be taking over Pat Gillick as the president of the club after this season.

Jos Hamilton has been off the field for almost a month with a strained hamstring, but could be back in the lineup as early as today.

Even though they do not hold eight of the starting positions in the All-Star balloting, the Royals still have more than half of the spots.

At FishStripes

-Giancarlo Stanton injury: Explaining the hamate bone fracture - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a hamate bone fracture. Here is the injury explained.

-Miami Marlins' A.J. Ramos drawing interest - Fish Stripes

The 28-year old closer is drawing a notable amount of interest.

-Giancarlo Stanton injury: Reasons to still watch the Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are no longer a must-watch team thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's injury, but while we wait for his return, here are a few other reasons to still watch your favorite team.

-Miami Marlins promote Cole Gillespie, Miguel Rojas - Fish Stripes

Both will give the Marlins right-handed depth off the bench.

-Miami Marlins should consider selling after Giancarlo Stanton injury - Fish Stripes

At 30-45, the Marlins will likely consider trading several veteran pieces before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.