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Miami Marlins morning news: Homers provide the difference in 5-3 win

Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour both homered last night to back Adam Conley's quality start as the Marlins beat the Phillies in the first game of the series. Plus links on Jose Fernandez and Don Mattingly.

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Marlins News

Marcell Ozuna showed no ill effects of his collision with Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday afternoon as he homered to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Justin Bour also went yard, and Adam Conley only gave up one run over six innings in the win.

The two flashes of power overshadowed a lingering issue for Miami, though, as 12 baseunners were stranded over the course of the game and the team went 2-10 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins own a MLB-best .313 batting average with the bases empty, but that number drops to .256 with runners on second and/or third.

Adam Conley returned to the win column last night after his rough outing against Milwaukee at home, and preventing Philadelphia from stealing bases was key.

For the fourth time in his career, Jose Fernandez has been named the NL player of the week. After posting 22 strikeouts in 14 innings while allowing only one run, Miami's ace returned to the realm of elite pitchers.

Even though the Marlins have remained over .500 for the past few weeks now, they still have a losing record against the NL East, and that has to change if they are to seriously challenge for the playoffs.

Various links about Miami's improving farm system and Don Mattingly's positive impact on the clubhouse can be found here.

Around the League

If you admire dominant pitching, then tonight is a night to tune in as nine staff aces will be on the mound, highlighted by Max Scherzer facing-off against Noah Syndergaard in New York.

After a video review, Rajai Davis was declared safe after missing the tag by stumbling over home plate. No one said it has to be pretty.

The Detroit Tigers had a wild ride last night. The blew an eight-run lead and manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the process, but they prevailed and beat the Twins 10-8.

Tim Lincecum looks set to join the Angels' rotation, but they shouldn't rely on him to lead an injury-ravaged pitching corps.

Barry Bonds thinks that Bryce Harper should impact the game with his legs if the opposition walks him and doesn't allow him to have an impact with his bat.

Warwick Saupold may not be a household name, but someone made a 27 hour journey to see his MLB debut.