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Marlins morning news: bats fail to back up Straily

Despite allowing two home runs, Dan Straily threw seven strong innings, but the Marlins were quiet offensively in a 3-1 loss. Plus links on Justin Bour and All-Star voting.

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Marlins News

Both Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. hit home runs for the Cubs into a strong Chicago breeze last night, while the Marlins could only manage a Dee Gordon sacrifice fly in what was a strong pitching performance by both teams. Justin Bour could have provided the spark that Miami needed, but he was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left ankle which may require time on the DL to heal.

For the second year in a row, the Marlins are playing important games against the Cubs in June; winning this current series would confirm that Miami’s season is back on track, and could propel them to heights that seemed impossible just two weeks ago. Here are the story lines to follow over the next two games.

As predicted, the Marlins rotation has been a patchwork job so far in 2017, as a mixture of injuries and struggles have held this team back from the beginning of the season.

The latest figures for All-Star voting have been revealed, and the Marlins currently need help if they are to have any players represent the team in this year’s Midsummer Classic in Miami.

The Marlins may not have been to the playoffs since 2003, but they have achieved more incredible feats than most since their first season in 1993.

Around the League

The Houston Astros now have a 14-game lead in the AL West after they extended their winning streak to 11 games last night.

David Ortiz is discussing a possible role with the Red Sox, but it is unclear whether it would be in the dugout or the front office.

The Nationals beat the Dodgers 4-2 yesterday in their first trip to LA since the being eliminated in the NLDS last season.

The MRI scan on Justin Verlander’s groin has come back clear, but he still may miss his next scheduled start.

For the first time in a long time, the Giants may have to start thinking about a rebuild.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge may only be a rookie, but the hype surrounding him has led to someone paying a lot of money for one of his game-worn jerseys.