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Marlins News

The Marlins return to action today after an off-day that just happened to coincide with the worst Hurricane to hit Florida in 12 years. They will take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 eastern tonight. It will be Dillons Peters’ third start when he takes on Nick Pivetta. Peters’ first matchup against the Phils went swimmingly; he went seven strong and struck out eight, but the Phillies had the last laugh as they ended up going 1-3 against the Fish that series and helped tank any hopes of ending the playoff drought in Miami.

Roughly 13 million people remain without power in Florida this morning due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Miami Herald has put together a list of businesses that are open in the Miami area. Marlins Park did not make it through untouched as roughly 6% of the weather proofing membrane was torn off by Irma. The club says repairs will commence at season’s end.

There remains a chance that the upcoming series against the Milwaukee Brewers in Miami may have to be relocated, says Sun Sentinel’s Tim Healey. Healey also reports that the Instructional League has been canceled (and will be replaced with mini-camps in early 2018).

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal says that Giancarlo Stanton has reignited the PED debate (must have WSJ subscription). No, not for himself, for the man who holds the all time record, San Francisco Giants legend and former Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds.

Around the League

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ stunning collapse continues, as they have now lost 11 straight ballgames.

On the flip side, the Cleveland Indians have won 19 straight and will tie the American League record for most consecutive wins with a victory tonight (20, set by the 2002 Oakland Athletics). In case you’re wondering, the overall record is 21 by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. Seems attainable.

Whenever you hear “elbow surgery” for a MLB pitcher, you probably think the worst. The Detroit Tigers rough season continues as they have now lost budding ace Michael Fulmer for the season. Fulmer will have ulnar nerve transposition surgery, which, unlike the dreaded Tommy John, will only keep Fulmer down for three to four months. The 24-year-old should be ready to go for spring training.

A ruling will come down soon from the MLB higher-ups regarding the Boston Red Sox sign-stealing controversy. Commissioner Rob Manfred has not ruled out having the Red Sox vacate wins.