Marlins cut ties with veteran power-hitting 1B Jesús Aguilar
The Miami Marlins designated power-hitting Jesús Aguilar for assignment on Friday, moving past the first baseman after falling out of contention for a spot in the playoffs. The 32-year-old Aguilar led the Marlins with his 15 home runs and 49 RBIs but he was hitting only 236. With Miami losing 15 of 22 games in August and falling out of NL wild-card contention, Aguilar lost significant playing time to rookie Lewin Díaz.news.yahoo.com
Seeing is believing: Bauer shuts eye, pitches shutout ball
Bauer wound up pitching three scoreless innings with the creative approach, striking out three while allowing two hits and a walk. Known for speaking his mind and going his own way, Bauer said he regularly shuts one eye during bullpen sessions and other workouts. METS 6, ASTROS 1 (6)Jacob deGrom pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, striking out three and allowing one hit. AdBLUE JAYS 7, PHILLIES 1 (7)Newcomer Tanner Roark made his first start for Toronto, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings. Jorge López threw three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Spring games begin with fans, new faces, moment for Mancini
AdJazz Chisholm of the Marlins and Adam Haseley of the Phillies did even better — they led off games with home runs. Mancini took off his helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation that included the fans, the Orioles and the Pirates. Marco Gonzales made his first spring start for Seattle, allowing two hits and an unearned run in two innings. Center fielder Trent Grisham, coming off his first Gold Glove last season, doubled and scored a run for San Diego. Top prospect Jeter Downs had a two-run home run and RBI single, while Michael Chavis hit a solo shot.
Anderson sharp, Markakis alert, Braves blank Miami, lead 2-0
Atlanta Braves' Ian Anderson delivers a pitch during the fourth inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Houston. Anderson blanked Miami into the sixth inning, Markakis made a nifty play in right field to help preserve the lead late, and the Braves threw another playoff shutout in a 2-0 victory Wednesday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Division Series. “It’s hard to bunch hits together, pitching is too good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Miami manager Don Mattingly didn't fault Dickerson for being thrown out because he said Markakis could've dived to catch it. On a day when Atlanta got only four hits, Swanson and d’Arnaud provided the offense.
D’Arnaud, Braves rally in 7th, beat Marlins 9-5 to open NLDS
And another hit — once more by the Marlins, this time with Sandy Alcantara's fastball to the left hip — fired up the Braves and fueled their comeback in a 9-5 win Tuesday. “I think it woke us up,” said Travis d’Arnaud, who launched a tiebreaking homer during Atlanta’s six-run rally in the seventh inning . Braves manager Brian Snitker said that even though he didn’t believe this pitch was on purpose, the Marlins have hit Acuña far too many times. The Braves trailed 4-3 in the seventh before Austin Riley and Acuña hit consecutive singles with no outs to chase Alcantara. UP NEXTRight-hander Pablo Lopez will make his postseason debut when he starts for the Marlins in Game 2 against Ian Anderson.
'Bottom-feeding' Marlins are making a splash in playoffs
Members of the Miami Marlins celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Chicago. The Marlins won the series 2-0 to advance to the division series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)MIAMI – Their T-shirts say Bottom Feeders, even though the Miami Marlins are showing they’re a different kind of fish in 2020 — the sort that rises to make a splash. After holding the Cubs to one run and nine hits in two games, the Marlins posed for a team photo in the Wrigley Field infield. They are young and inexperienced, but it's just baseball.”And the Marlins are getting better at it.
Cooper homers, Sanchez dominates as Marlins knock out Cubs 2-0
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler, left, and catcher Chad Wallach (17) celebrate a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – The Miami Marlins didn't need a hand from a fan at Wrigley Field to knock the Chicago Cubs out of the playoffs this time. Led by manager Don Mattingly and CEO Derek Jeter, the Marlins remained unbeaten in all seven postseason series they have played following triumphs in the 1997 and 2003 World Series. The Cubs haven’t advanced since the 2017 team lost in the NLCS. You can make your first half disappear.”BRAVE WORLDThe Marlins lost six of 10 against the Braves, including a 29-9 romp at Atlanta on Sept. 9.
Marlins clinch 1st playoff berth since 2003, beat Yanks 4-3
It really goes back to the players believing,” Mattingly said Friday night after a 4-3, 10-inning win over the New York Yankees. “I can’t contain the tears, because it’s a lot of grind, a lot of passion,” shortstop Miguel Rojas said. “I don’t like any time somebody celebrates on our field or if we’re at somebody else’s place and they celebrate on their field,” Yankees star Aaron Judge said. Garrett Cooper, traded to the Marlins by the Yankees after the 2017 season, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off J.A. UP NEXTRHP Deivi García (2-2, 4.88) starts Saturday for the Yankees and LHP Trevor Rogers (1-2, 6.84) for the Marlins.
Marte's homer gives Marlins 3-2 win over Blue Jays
Miami Marlins' Starling Marte celebrates as he rounds first base after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, helping the Marlins top the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night. He learned of his trade to the Blue Jays during Miamis game at New York on Monday afternoon. TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (sprained right knee) took ground balls, hit in the cage and ran sprints. UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 2.97 ERA) will face the Marlins in the series finale Wednesday.
Fauci says Marlins virus outbreak could endanger MLB season
Miami Marlins' manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)MIAMI The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, although he doesn't believe games needs to stop now. More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, stranding the team in Philadelphia and raising anew questions about MLB's attempts to conduct a season. The Marlins outbreak was the talk of baseball, and Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez choked on his words as he discussed the situation. Whether that was shutting down a part of the season, the whole season, that depends on the circumstances.
Marlins postpone tonights opener because of coronavirus outbreak on team
MIAMI The Miami Marlins home opener has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the team. ESPN is reporting that eight more players and two coaches with the Marlins have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of cases in recent days to at least 14. The infections include four players Jorge Alfaro, Jose Urena, Harold Ramirez and Garrett Cooper who had reportedly tested positive within the last few days. The team won two of three games in their opening weekend series in Philadelphia, despite the news of positive tests. The plan was to have the members of the team who tested negative to travel to Miami to play the home opener on Monday night against Baltimore.
Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans
Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week. ... just sitting behind the dish at a major league stadium with major league players on the field and no one else there and playing in competition, Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns said Thursday. Baseball returned for workouts last week after the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic during spring training. The season will start without fans in the stands and will likely remain that way for a while as coronavirus hotspots continue to pop up across the country. "In terms of the actual game and the way that the game played out, I think it looked like normal baseball."
Diaz, Reynolds rally Pirates past Marlins 6-5
Bryan Reynolds celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off two run RBI single to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park on September 4, 2019. PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Bryan Reynolds' two-run bloop single capped a three-run ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Elias Diaz started the winning rally with a leadoff homer against Jose Urena (4-8) that drew the Pirates within a run. TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Rookie OF Jason Martin will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left shoulder Tuesday night when Marlins RHP Jarlin Garcia fell on him during a play at the plate. Pirates: RHP Dario Agrazal (4-5, 4.50) has won his last two starts despite giving up seven runs in 10 innings.
Late homers by Rojas, Cooper help Marlins end record road skid
Jose Urena pitched a perfect 10th for his first save of the season and second of his career. Frazier led off the first inning with a home run, drove in three runs and had three of the Pirates' four hits. Pirates rookie right-hander Mitch Keller left the game in the second inning when he sustained a bruised right wrist when struck by Cooper's line comebacker. The Marlins had pulled ahead in the top of the inning on Cooper's RBI double to deep center field. INSTANT OFFENSEFrazier's leadoff blast marked the fourth time in five games the Pirates started a game with a home run.
Anderson 3-run HR as Marlins beat Padres
MIAMI - Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the first inning Tuesday night and the Miami Marlins went on to a 12-7 win over the San Diego Padres, who lost their fourth consecutive game. Padres rookie Logan Allen (2-2) had his second rough start in a row, allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. ... RHP Pablo Lopez (right shoulder strain) and RHP Drew Steckenrider (right elbow inflammation) continued their rehab by throwing bullpen sessions. He was an eighth-round draft choice by the Marlins in 2015, and was traded to San Diego the following year. Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-10, 4.18) had a season-high eight strikeouts when he beat the Padres on June 2.
Donaldson's HR helps Keuchel, Braves beat Marlins
The Braves are 10-2 against the Marlins this season and 24-7 the past two seasons. Miami's Jorge Alfaro led off the ninth with an infield hit off Braves closer Luke Jackson. He helped the Braves hit a franchise-record 143 homers before the All-Star break. The Braves are 10-2 in decisive games of three-game series this season, including five straight wins, and 7-0 in those decisive games at home. Braves: Keuchel, RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.75) and RHP Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.42) will be Atlanta's starters for their three-game series at San Diego, beginning on Friday.
Rivera helps Marlins break out with 15 hits, beat Braves 5-4
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ATLANTA - Yadiel Rivera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning and the Miami Marlins beat Atlanta 5-4 on Saturday for only their second win over the Braves this season. Rivera was hitting .125 with one RBI before his line-drive single to left field drove in Garrett Cooper and Castro. JT Riddle entered the game as a pinch-runner after Cooper's single to left field. ... 3B Brian Anderson (elbow contusion) missed his fourth straight start and popped out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... As expected, SS Dansby Swanson (sore left quadriceps) was rested for the second straight game.
Harper's HR, 4 RBIs help Phillies down Marlins, 13-6
Garrett Cooper of the Marlins throws down his batting gloves after striking out in the third inning against the Phillies at Marlins ParkMIAMI - Bryce Harper homered and drove in four runs Sunday to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a streak of five consecutive losses to the last-place Miami Marlins with a 13-6 victory Sunday. Harper hit run-scoring singles in the first and sixth innings and a two-run homer in the eighth, his 15th. Jake Arrieta (8-6) allowed four runs in six innings but contributed a two-run single. Arrieta improved to 8-1 in 11 career starts against the Marlins and has won all three starts against them this year. When Alfaro threw to second, Harper stopped before reaching the base.