Bang, bang! Pair of 1st-pitch HRs for 1st time in decades
Miami Marlins leadoff batter Miguel Rojas and New York Mets counterpart Jonathan Villar each homered on the first pitch they saw Thursday night, the first time that’s happened in a major league game since at least 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Padres star Tatis has shoulder problem, to be re-evaluated
The Padres said Tatis had discomfort in his non-throwing left shoulder and would be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Corbin Burnes turned in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing two runs on three hits. Jon Lester allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for Washington. He gave up five hits, hit two batters and struck out three. PADRES 5, REDS 4MacKenzie Gore worked 3 2/3 innings in his third start for San Diego, allowing two runs on three hits.
Brian Anderson, Miguel Rojas named Gold Glove finalists
MIAMI – Two Miami Marlins are up for a big award. Marlins 3B Brian Anderson and SS Miguel Rojas are both finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. This is the first time the Marlins have had two players up for the award since 2017 (2B Dee Gordon and OF Marcel Ozuna). The Marlins have had eight players receive a Gold Glove in club history. They’ve never had a short-stop win the award.
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.
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.
Dickerson homers as Marlins beat Cubs 5-1 in playoff opener
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – The Miami Marlins just kept fighting. Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off a fading Hendricks in the seventh inning, and Miami beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their NL wild-card series. The Marlins, who rallied past the Cubs in a memorable NLCS that year, have never lost a playoff series. Yu Darvish starts for the Central champion Cubs, and rookie right-hander Sixto Sánchez get the ball for upstart Miami. “It’s going to be great.”Darvish is making his first playoff appearance since signing with Chicago before the 2018 season.
Marlins shut down Mets 4-0
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK Miguel Rojas two-run single capped a three-run second inning and four pitchers combined on an eight-hitter to lead the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 4-0 on Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the Mets first game since a player and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus. The Marlins scored all their runs against Rick Porcello (1-4) with a pair of two-out rallies. The Mets didnt pitch deGrom Tuesday because he didnt get his usual between starts mound work in until Monday. Marlins: Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 2.29 ERA) is looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time as a big leaguer.
LEADING OFF: Reds wait for virus test results before return
(AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)A look at what's happening around the majors on Monday:WAIT AND SEEThe Cincinnati Reds will wait for their latest COVID-19 test results to see when they can resume the season. Cincinnati had home games against Pittsburgh postponed Saturday and Sunday after a player tested positive. Cincinnati is the third team to have games postponed because one of its players tested positive for COVID-19, joining the Marlins and the Cardinals. Chapman tested positive for the coronavirus during preseason workouts and hasnt pitched yet this season. AILINGBlue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette is on the injured list, interrupting his big-hitting season.
Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players
MIAMI Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating. The Marlins' revamped pitching staff includes right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently acquired veterans. Replacements included seven newly acquired players, and 11 players from the team's alternate training site. The virus infected 21 members of the Marlins' traveling party and forced the suspension of their season July 26 after just three games. We expect to win games, Hill said.
Marlins explode for 11 runs in Philadelphia, take 2 of 3 in season-opening series
PHILADELPHIA The Miami Marlins wrapped up their opening series in Philadelphia with an impressive display of offensive firepower. Backed by Miguel Rojas' big day at the plate, Miami took down the Phillies 11-6 to claim their second win of the young season. Rojas made a run at Marlins history, trying to become the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, but ended up coming a double short. Miami also got home runs from newcomers Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar, his second of the weekend. Miami will be back in action on Monday for its home opener at Marlins Park against the Baltimore Orioles.
Hit or error? MLB official scorers work remotely thru virus
Baseball is back, but because of the coronavirus, official scorers this season will rule remotely on hits and errors and other plays. MLB is limiting the number of people at the ballpark, including in the press box, and decided official scorers could make their calls without seeing the game in person. Probably a touch unfair to the official scorer, which could end up affecting the players, Francona said. "Its tough enough to be an official scorer when youre sitting up high. You never know until you try it.So the scorers will render their rulings from the study or porch or kitchen table, the decision then debated by countless would-be official scorers also watching while safe at home.
Miguel Rojas says Marlins embrace ‘Why Not Us’ mindset
MIAMI – The Miami Marlins are hoping a shorter season will help them make the playoffs. Infielder Miguel Rojas said, “It’s not just a mentality, it’s a way to approach the season. It’s nothing new or something that’s just going to be us doing it, everyone is going to be of the same mindset. Rojas said, “In Spring Training we went 8-2 or something like that and won a lot of games in a row. The Marlins season starts on the road Friday at Philadelphia.
Marlins' Rojas says team is poised to make big progress
FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas fields a ball during a baseball workout at Marlins Park in Miami. Another change: Rojas believes the Marlins will be good. Another change: Rojas believes the Marlins will be good. But like the teams management and some outside observers, Rojas says the Marlins are poised for a big leap forward in Year 3 of Derek Jeters rebuilding program. Im really excited about the starting pitching, and our offense is way better than the last couple of years, Rojas said.
Phillies hold on to beat Marlins in 15 innings
Haseley's fielder's choice scored Rhys Hoskins with the winning run in the 15th inning and Philadelphia outlasted the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Friday night. Adam Conley (2-11) hit Hoskins and then walked Phil Gosselin to open the 15th. With the Marlins using five players in the infield, Haseley hit a hard grounder to shortstop. But, Rojas bobbled the grounder, allowing Hoskins to score the winning run in a game that lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes. The Marlins had a hit in every extra inning, except the 15th, but couldn't score.
Nationals score 6 runs in 10th, beat Marlins 10-4
Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins hits a single against the Washington Nationals. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)MIAMI - Brian Dozier hit a go-ahead RBI single during Washington's six-run 10th inning, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-4 Saturday night. Adam Eaton had an RBI single and Juan Soto walked with the bases loaded. Washington squandered a 4-0 lead as the Marlins scored four runs in the eighth off reliever Fernando Rodney. Washington increased its advantage in the eighth on Robles' run-scoring single and a fielders' choice by Gomes that scored Zimmerman from third.
Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas inks new deal with team
Associated PressMIAMI - The Miami Marlins and shortstop Miguel Rojas have agreed to a new contract that will keep the 30-year-old in South Florida for at least the next two seasons. Rojas inked a two-year contract with an additional year option that would take him through 2022. Rojas has enjoyed one of the better hitting seasons of his career with a .285 batting average, 45 RBI and 27 doubles. The shortstop has also set a career high with 127 hits. The RBI total is just eight shy of his career best 53.
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.
Marlins place shortstop Miguel Rojas on 10-day IL
Mike Stobe / Getty ImagesNEW YORK - The Miami Marlins placed shortstop Miguel Rojas on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring before Wednesday's series finale against the New York Mets. Rojas was injured in the third inning Tuesday night, stumbling over first base while trying to avoid a double play. "He's going to be missed," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Infielder Deven Marrero was selected from Triple-A New Orleans to take Rojas' roster spot. "We're getting a baseball player with experience and a guy that you know you can count on," Mattingly said.
Marlins use homers to beat Arizona 5-1
MIAMI - Rookie outfielder Harold Ramirez homered, hit a line drive that scored the tiebreaking run and made consecutive catches against the fence to help the Miami Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Sunday. Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (9-7), the subject of trade speculation, allowed two earned runs in six innings. Anderson homered in the sixth, and Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the seventh, his sixth. Miami's Elieser Hernandez, making his first start since July 4, allowed one run in four innings. TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: INF Christian Walker was available off the bench after being hit by a pitch on his left arm Saturday.
Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th, Padres beat Marlins
Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eight inningMIAMI - Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night. The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team never to have thrown a no-hitter. After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed, matching the longest outing of his career. Paddack retired the first 15 batters before Cesar Puello reached on a throwing error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 6.30) is scheduled to make his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Nationals complete sweep of Marlins
WASHINGTON - Anthony Rendon hit his 20th homer and knocked in the go-ahead run to help the Washington Nationals finish off a three-game sweep of the last-place Miami Marlins with a 5-2 victory Thursday. Rendon hit a solo shot in the fourth off Elieser Hernandez (1-3) and drove in Gerardo Parra with a single in the fifth. RARE MARLINS DINGERMiguel Rojas connected on Sanchez's fifth pitch of the game, hitting his first homer of the season and No. The Marlins began the day last in the majors in home runs, six behind 29th-place Detroit. Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer is on the paternity list and is expected to make his start Saturday on Montreal Expos day.
Scherzer fans 10, Nationals beat Marlins 6-1
MIAMI - Max Scherzer struck out 10 in eight innings and won his fifth straight start, leading the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Tuesday night. Trea Turner hit a three-run homer and Juan Soto knocked in two runs for the Nationals, who have won six of eight. Curtis Granderson knocked in the Marlins' only run while Garrett Cooper had his 14-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night. The Nationals scored three runs in the third on Soto's two-run single and a grounder by Howie Kendrick. Granderson's RBI single in the fourth was the first run Scherzer had allowed in 13 innings.