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Marlins Morning News: On the brink of elimination

News/notes on playoffs, Dee Gordon, Chris O’Grady, Giancarlo Stanton, Junichi Tazawa, more.

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Marlins News

Heading into play today, the Marlins are facing down the inevitable specter of playoff elmination, as a Colorado Rockies win would seal their collective doom in regard to the 2017 season. The Fish have traveled to the desert to take on the playoff bound Arizona Diamondbacks. It will be Adam Conley vs Zack Greinke at 8:40 eastern.

Dee Gordon was interviewed recently by the guys from MLB’s Intentional Talk. You can check the video out below or, if it’s not there, click the link here. They had Gordon on, ostensibly, because he’s the Marlins candidate to win the 2017 Roberto Clemente award.

Don Mattingly is giving Chris O’Grady a test run as a LOOGY.

Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald writes that, a year after Jose Fernandez pitched his last game, another Jose is standing tall in Miami.

Jerry Crasnick over at ESPN collected a bunch of quotes from the guys who are witnessing Giancarlo Stanton’s quest for 62 firsthand.

Junichi Tazawa: Job creator.

Around the League

The “debate” surrounding netting extension in major league ballparks continues, two days after a little girl was hit by a line drive at Yankees Park. The Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners have all already pledged to extend their netting starting in 2018.

With less than a dozen games left to be played, the Chicago Cubs put a little distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central Divsion Title by downing the Brew Crew in 10 innings last night, courtesy a Kris Bryant two run bomb.

Their ever-present rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, kept themselves alive in the playoff hunt by sweeping aside the Reds. They remain a game and a half out of the second National League Wild Card spot.

On the American League side of things, both the Minnesota Twins (currently holding down the second Wild Card spot) and the Texas Rangers made strides in their respective bids to be amongst the post-season hopefuls.

Ex-major league outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison in his native Dominican Republic stemming from money laundering during his time as the mayor of San Cristobal.