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Our Noticias: Smith gets no help but makes franchise history, Marlins lose sixth straight

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Plus, Sixto debuts and some Cakes are cookin’ in New Orleans.

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Caleb Smith lost his first game of 2019, going 5.1 innings and striking out eight but getting no run support from his offense. His eight K’s in five straight games mark the first time in Marlins’ history a pitcher has done so in a single season. Charlie Morton threw six scoreless for the Rays.

Remember when the Marlins fired their hitting coach? Well, it hasn’t changed much.

While the writing may be on the wall, Don Mattingly wants to see the rebuild through. Recent call-up Harold Ramírez thinks he can contribute, too.

Drew Steckenrider will be out a while with a flexor strain.

Minor league round-up

Sixto Sánchez debuted dominantly at Double-A Tuesday. We have video evidence.

Zac Gallen continues to build the case for his promotion, striking out nine while allowing just three base runners. Elieser Hernández beat him to the punch, however, earning Pacific Coast League player-of-the-week honors a few days after joining the big league club himself.

The Marlins are leading the tank race for the no. 1 pick in the 2020 amateur draft, and accordingly we have our eye on the best draft prospects.

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Deadspin says Derek Jeter’s culture of accountability leaves a lot to be desired.

A new Earning their Stripes pod is out!

Up next: The Marlins and Rays continue the Citrus Series today at 7:10 p.m. Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will open for the Rays followed by Yonny Chirinos (5-1, 3.61 ERA). José Ureña (1-5, 4.82 ERA) takes the hill for the Fish.