Yelich, Stanton, Prado are All-Star Ambassadors

Yelich, Stanton, Prado are All-Star Ambassadors

MIAMI -- All-Star fever is heating up in South Florida and three prominent members of the Marlins will be front and center representing the organization during the event.

Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Martin Prado have been named All-Star Ambassadors, tasked with helping generate public awareness for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. They will represent the organization, along with a couple of legendary Marlins who have previously been tabbed as ambassadors -- Jeff Conine and Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins can't get going, blanked by Mets

Marlins can't get going, blanked by Mets

MIAMI -- Steven Matz gave hitters another pitch to think about on Wednesday. The left-hander unveiled a slider for the first time this season, sprinkling in four of them on a night his sinker was inducing plenty of ground balls and soft contact.

Backed by two-run home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson, Matz worked seven brilliant innings and the Mets cruised to an 8-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Mike Petriello

Realmuto is MLB's most athletic catcher

Marlins backstop owns best pop time and fastest Sprint Speed

Realmuto is MLB's most athletic catcher

J.T. Realmuto has a reputation as one of baseball's most athletic catchers, and perhaps that's because he hasn't always been a catcher. When Realmuto was drafted by the Marlins in 2010, he was listed as a shortstop, where he'd played on a state championship team in high school. He also had opportunities to play quarterback at Division I football factories; instead, he chose baseball, and now he's developed into one of the better young starting backstops in the Majors.

It's one thing to say that Realmuto looks athletic, of course, and another thing to actually quantify it. But as we continue to progress with using Statcast™ metrics to help improve our understanding of catchers, we're continually learning one thing: Realmuto constantly stands out.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urena looks to continue stellar run vs. Mets

Urena looks to continue stellar run vs. Mets

You likely haven't heard much about him, but Jose Urena has been one of baseball's best pitchers of late. The Marlins hope to ride his hot hand to a win as they take on the Mets in the rubber game of the series Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Since June 13, Urena (6-2, 3.33) is 2-0 and owns a 1.50 ERA over his last three starts, ranking 7th in MLB among pitchers with at least 15 innings in that span. New York has yet to figure him out this season, as the Mets have scored just one earned run in 10 innings off him.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichi-pro! Vet's pinch-hit finds hole, sinks Mets

Ichi-pro! Vet's pinch-hit finds hole, sinks Mets

MIAMI -- There was nothing flashy about Ichiro Suzuki's 3,051th MLB hit, other than the placement and perfect timing. The slapped pinch-hit single through the hole at short in the seventh inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

The exit velocity of the RBI single was a mere 87.8 mph, and according to Statcast™, the hit probability was just 29 percent. To the Marlins, the single was highly impactful because it helped them take the series opener against the Mets at a time both clubs are looking to track toward the .500 mark and into contention.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Stanton looking forward to fun of Miami Derby

Defending champ hoping to put on a show for fans

Stanton looking forward to fun of Miami Derby

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton welcomes all challengers to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, set for July 10 at Marlins Park. What the Marlins' slugger is quick to remind is that whoever commits, they should remember to have fun.

Stanton, who won the 2016 Derby in record fashion, announced on Sunday that he will defend his crown in his home park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After Hech deal, Riddle starts to reward faith

Firmly entretched as starting shortstop, rookie breaks out of slump, shows off glove

After Hech deal, Riddle starts to reward faith

MIAMI -- JT Riddle didn't waste much time showing the Marlins' front office it was right to entrust him with the starting shortstop job.

A day after Adeiny Hechavarria was traded to the Rays, Riddle collected two hits, reached base three times and made a crucial defensive play in Miami's 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Surge puts Ozuna in line to start in NL OF

Left fielder in 3rd in voting amid breakout year; Stanton 6th

Surge puts Ozuna in line to start in NL OF

MIAMI -- A consistent approach and big power numbers are paying off for Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins left fielder, who has been one of the most impactful players in the National League, has now jumped into the starting All-Star picture.

The latest results were released on Monday, and with 1,270,464 votes, Ozuna has replaced Jason Heyward of the Cubs for the third starting outfield spot for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins trade Hechavarria to Rays

Miami acquires Minor League outfielder Lee, righty Clark

Marlins trade Hechavarria to Rays

MIAMI -- The Marlins traded slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays for outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark on Monday.

Lee will report to Double-A Jacksonville, where he will play center field. Clark, whose fastball is in the 92-96 mph range, will be joining Class A Greensboro's rotation.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF

Marlins vet, at 43 years, 246 days, surpasses HOFer Henderson's record

Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki is a pretty safe bet to be enshrined in Cooperstown one day, and Sunday's 4-2 win over the Cubs marked another day of history along the way for the international icon.

At 43 years and 246 days old, the Marlins outfielder started in center against the Cubs, making him the oldest starting center fielder since 1900, per Elias Sports. The record was previously held by Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who made his last start in center on July 24, 2002, at 43 years and 211 days old, while with the Red Sox.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Marlins on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Steckenrider makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Steckenrider makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

The Mets have MLBPipeline.com's top-rated first-base prospect in Dominic Smith. They also have another promising first baseman in Peter Alonso, who has hit well when able to stay healthy.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen steps up as Marlins ride big 1st frame

Bullpen steps up as Marlins ride big 1st frame

MIAMI -- Martin Prado lined a two-run double in a three-run first inning and Giancarlo Stanton provided insurance with his 20th homer in the seventh as the Marlins edged the Cubs, 4-2, to split a four-game series Sunday at Marlins Park.

Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna continued his All-Star worthy first half by roping a single to knock in Ichiro Suzuki to ignite the first-inning rally. Two batters later, Prado collected his first two RBIs since coming off the disabled list on Friday.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Marlins on Sunday.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Sunday.

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Experience a full story on Stanton's laser HR

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Experience a full story on Stanton's laser HR

If you've stepped into a movie theater at the height of blockbuster season, you know the standard dramatic structure well by now. Giancarlo Stanton condensed all of those bloated two-hour movies into one at-bat in the seventh inning of Sunday's 4-2 victory against the Cubs. 

It all began when he stepped to the plate. This would be his challenge. Could he best Cubs reliever Pedro Strop? Things looked dire, as Stanton waved helplessly at a slider way off the plate for strike one. 

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Held to 4 hits, Fish can't ride HR, pick up Nico

Held to 4 hits, Fish can't ride HR, pick up Nico

MIAMI -- Check the Marlins off the list for Jon Lester. The veteran left-hander, who hadn't faced them much in his career, was winless against Miami until Saturday afternoon. Lester overcame a sluggish three-run first, regrouped and was dominant for the rest of his seven innings in the Cubs' 5-3 win at Marlins Park.

In four previous career starts, Lester was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings against the Marlins. The 33-year-old has now beaten 29 of the 30 big league clubs. The lone team he hasn't beaten are the Red Sox, the club he broke in with and has never faced.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Saturday.

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Realmuto #ASGWorthy with bat, glove

Catcher has Marlins talking after robbing Almora of bunt base hit

Realmuto #ASGWorthy with bat, glove

MIAMI -- Bunt on Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto at your own risk. Albert Almora Jr. found that out in the second inning Saturday, when his seemingly perfectly placed bunt resulted in the Cubs' center fielder being thrown out at first.

Realmuto impacts a game in so many ways, and in Miami's 5-3 loss to Chicago at Marlins Park, the 26-year-old made a must-see defensive play to go along with his three-run homer off Jon Lester.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

Miami slugger, who won '16 HR event, belts 458-foot shot at home park -- site of this year's festivities

Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton served another reminder that he is the defending Home Run Derby champion. The three-time All-Star right fielder crushed a two-out home run off John Lackey in the third inning on Friday night in the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

The thunderous shot was vintage Stanton. Per Statcast™, it landed a projected 458 feet away, with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, and it was the third-longest home run of the season for the 27-year-old.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

Marlins' top 3 picks sign, get look at MLB park

MIAMI -- Before embarking on their professional baseball careers, the Marlins' top three picks in the 2017 Draft got a small sample of big league life on Friday at Marlins Park.

The club announced that their top three picks -- first-rounder Trevor Rogers, Competitive Balance Round A choice Brian Miller and second-rounder Joe Dunand -- finalized their contracts. They were introduced to Marlins players and were special guests at batting practice.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

Urena extends streak as Marlins blank Cubs

MIAMI -- When the season started, the Marlins used Jose Urena in a long-relief role. The 25-year-old has since become a stopper of sorts, especially in recent weeks.

Urena scattered five hits over six shutout innings, and backed by a home run from Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins edged the Cubs, 2-0, on Friday night at Marlins Park. Urena has now won his last five decisions.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Friday.

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Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

Former slugger on hand for news conference, where Dunand 1 of 3 Draft picks to sign

Proud A-Rod sees Marlins introduce nephew

MIAMI -- Alex Rodriguez achieved his big league dream, and on Friday afternoon, he made sure he was on hand to watch his nephew, Joe Dunand, take the first steps of his professional baseball career.

Drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Marlins earlier in the month, Dunand was one of three picks who signed on Friday and was introduced to the media late in the afternoon.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

Marlins activate Prado from disabled list

MIAMI -- The Marlins are getting their team leader back. Martin Prado, one of the most respected players in the clubhouse, was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday after being out about six weeks with a right hamstring strain.

In a corresponding move, infielder Christian Colon was designated for assignment.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

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Prado has epic return to Marlins' dugout

Prior to Friday's game with the Cubs, the Marlins activated Martin Prado from the disabled list -- where he'd been for the past six weeks with a hamstring strain. 

When it comes to Prado's role on the Marlins, well, he's definitely a "leader." Just look at this elaborate sequence of dugout handshakes he indulged in with teammates, such as Miguel Rojas and Dan Straily. 

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Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

Slugger makes a little Marlins history, accounts for lone run vs. Arrieta, Cubs

Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night

MIAMI -- At the rate he's going, Marcell Ozuna is likely to eclipse his season high for home runs before the All-Star break.

Ozuna struck yet again on Thursday night, crushing a Jake Arrieta fastball over the wall in left field for his 20th homer of the season. It was an impressive drive, but not nearly enough to energize a rally, as the Marlins lost, 11-1, to the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

Locke, Marlins' bullpen can't contain Cubs

MIAMI -- In tinkering with a lineup now minus Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stuck with Addison Russell in the fourth spot on Thursday night. Russell cleaned up, collecting four hits, including a home run, and the shortstop was a triple shy of the cycle.

Russell, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and the Cubs rolled to an 11-1 win over the Marlins in the four-game series opener at Marlins Park.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Cubs on Thursday.

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Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

Marlins place Ziegler on DL, activate Tazawa

MIAMI -- The Marlins welcomed one veteran reliever back Thursday, while another headed to the disabled list.

Junichi Tazawa was reinstated from the DL, and Brad Ziegler was placed on the 10-day DL with a right back strain.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

Marlins break up Scherzer's no-no, rally for win

MIAMI -- Max Scherzer was on the brink of joining historical pitching company, but instead, he was victimized by a two-out error that led to an agonizing loss on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

A.J. Ellis broke up Scherzer's no-hit bid with a one-out infield single in the eighth inning, and the Marlins ended up rallying for a 2-1 win over the Nationals, scoring the go-ahead run on Giancarlo Stanton's two-out RBI single to left.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

Unconventional eighth inning lifts Marlins

MIAMI -- Dominant. Electric. Unhittable. Max Scherzer was all those things for most of Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

But the unpredictability of baseball took over in the eighth inning, and the Marlins went from nearly being no-hit to rallying to an improbable 2-1 victory over the Nationals.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

Outfielder also runs through stop sign to score run in game vs. Nats

#ASGWorthy Ozuna stays hot with home run

MIAMI -- Everything seems to be going Marcell Ozuna's way right now, even his risky baserunning. After racing through a stop sign at third base to score one run, the 26-year-old left fielder showcased his power in his next at-bat.

Ozuna connected on a two-run homer and scored twice, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Nationals Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.