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Marlins Morning News: Homer 53 not enough to top Nats

Giancarlo Stanton tied Roger Maris’ home run pace through September 4th last night, but the solo shot was overshadowed by another dominant showing from Washington. Plus links on Wei-Yin Chen and Ichiro.

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Marlins News

Adam Conley labored through four long innings last night against the Nationals, but it was actually the bullpen that let the game slip away as the recent cold streak continued for Miami, who lost 7-2. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 53rd home run of 2017, a solo shot, and while it may not have done much damage on the scoreboard, it did break some very expensive equipment.

Wei-Yin Chen was back for the Marlins last night for the first time since injuring his elbow back in April, and he threw one perfect frame in relief.

It has been a fun and historic three years, but at least one writer thinks that Ichiro Suzuki will not be returning as a fourth outfielder for Miami next season.

If you believe the gossip, then Stanton may not be with the Marlins for much longer, but considering what nearly happened at the Trade Deadline in 2008, fans should take a minute to appreciate all 261 of his home runs to date, and how they all came in a Marlins uniform.

The Marlins look set to drastically cut payroll once the new ownership group takes over, and the notion of another fire sale is already drawing criticism.

Around the League

The Indians now own the longest win streak of the season after beating the White Sox yesterday, which was their twelfth victory in a row.

The AL East race is tightening up as the Yankees have now won four of their last five courtesy of a 7-4 comeback victory over the Orioles. Meanwhile, the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, cutting their division lead to 2.5 games.

Despite going through a rough season by Pittsburgh standards, the Pirates have signed manager Clint Hurlde to a four-year contract extension.

Aaron Judge has become the first rookie to walk 100 times in a season since 1953.

Jake Arrieta left Chicago’s 12-0 loss yesterday in the third inning with a hamstring issue, but remains optimistic that he will not miss his next start.