The Marlins closed out the first half of the season with a 10-8 victory against the San Francisco Giants. Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs to power the Marlins to a sweep over the Giants. The Marlins enter the All-Star break at 41-46, and they are 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East.
Even though the Marlins are only five games below .500, they will probably be sellers at the trade deadline. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are seeking a package that includes third baseman Martin Prado and relief pitcher David Phelps.
The Marlins hosted the Futures Game at Marlins Park Sunday afternoon. Marlins prospect Brian Anderson was very solid, as he went 2-4 with one run scored. Anderson might be back at Marlins Park very shortly with the Marlins looking to make changes to their roster.
Parking can always be a nightmare at sporting events, but it shouldn’t be too difficult at the All-Star Game. With four parking garages open, plus other options, parking at Marlins Park shouldn’t be a headache.
Around the League:
Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland was two outs away from a no-hitter, but Melky Cabrera managed a single in the ninth to break it up. The Rockies still won 10-0, and it was the best start of Freeland’s career.
The Indians placed second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 10-day DL with a mild hamstring strain. The Indians don’t play again until Friday, which will allow for Kipnis to rest without missing any games. The second baseman is hitting .232 with 26 RBI this season.
The Astros got their 60th win before the All-Star break after a 19-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. The 19 runs are the third most scored by any team this season. Houston has the second-best record in baseball, and they have a 16.5 game lead in the AL West.
Clayton Kershaw was brilliant once again in the Dodgers 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Kershaw threw a complete game struck out 13 batters with zero walks. The Dodgers enter the break with the best record in baseball at 61-29.