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Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 2

June, 20, 2014
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MIAMI -- The Mets twice tried to get the tying run across the plate in the eighth inning Friday night -- with a single and with a challenge. They failed both times in what became a crazy 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The game ended when left fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out a runner at the plate for the second straight inning.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, pinch hitter Eric Campbell singled to left field, scoring Eric Young Jr. as the Mets pulled within a run. David Wright also attempted to score from second on the play after being sent by coach Tim Teufel. However, Wright was out by a comfortable margin on Ozuna’s throw to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Or was he?

Terry Collins asked for a review, challenging whether Saltalamacchia had provided a lane to the plate for Wright.

Arguably, the Marlins catcher did not in the strictest sense, although the baseball beat Wright by a considerable margin. The home office in New York nonetheless upheld the call on the field that Wright was the inning’s second out. And the Mets never did pull even.

MLB had acknowledged earlier in the day that it erred in reversing a similar call Wednesday in a game between the Reds and Pirates. So it undoubtedly would have been doubly wary about giving the Mets a run they seemingly did not deserve.

Meanwhile, trailing 3-2, the Mets also threatened to pull even in the ninth. Pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a leadoff double against Steve Cishek in the outfielder's first at-bat since April 25. He was bunted to third base, then the unbelievable happened. Ozuna again fired to the plate on Chris Young's seeming sac fly and nailed Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game.

Alibi: We can safely conclude it was not Dave Hudgens’ fault.

The Mets were held scoreless until posting two runs in the eighth. In their past 10 games, they have scored 21 runs. And that’s with a six-run outburst last Friday against the San Diego Padres.

The Mets have scored three runs in their past 41 innings at Marlins Park.

Henderson Alvarez tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings Friday. He shut out the Mets on May 6 and has now tossed 18 1/3 straight scoreless innings against the Amazin’s.

Rafael Furcal tripled to lead off the bottom of the first against Daisuke Matsuzaka and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria’s groundout.

The Marlins tacked on two runs (one earned) in the seventh against Vic Black, with help from an error by Anthony Recker.

Jake Marisnick singled, stole second, stole third and scored on Recker’s errant throw. Wright later tried to barehand Hechavarria’s two-out grounder but could not come up with the baseball as the Marlins took a 3-0 lead. The play initially was scored an E-5 and changed to a double a half-inning later.

The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth with a one-out RBI single by Wright (2-for-4) against Kevin Gregg. Left-hander Mike Dunn entered and walked Curtis Granderson to load the bases. Campbell then had the run-scoring single in which Wright was thrown out at the plate. Wilmer Flores then made the final out to strand Granderson at second base.

Tough luck: Matsuzaka suffered his first loss since Sept. 2, snapping a personal six-game streak of winning decisions, despite limiting the Marlins to one run in 5 1/3 innings. Matsuzaka was making his first start since getting pulled from Sunday’s appearance at Citi Field after one inning with a severe stomach issue.

With the Mets trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Matsuzaka surrendered consecutive singles to Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee that placed runners on the corners with none out. Matsuzaka then struck out Saltalamacchia looking on pitch No. 85.

With lefty-hitting Garrett Jones due up, Terry Collins inserted Josh Edgin. However, Marlins manager Mike Redmond countered by pinch-hitting with Jeff Baker. Edgin proceeded to coax an inning-ending double play to hold the deficit at 1-0.

Collins said pregame that it was undetermined who would lose a rotation spot when Dillon Gee eventually returns from the disabled list. Gee (lat strain) will make his first minor league start Tuesday, in the Gulf Coast League. He will need multiple rehab appearances before being activated from the DL.

Ouch! Recker was struck in the left arm by Ozuna’s backswing as the Marlin struck out to end the fourth inning. Recker shook the arm heading to the dugout, but led off the next half-inning and completed the game.

Heating up: After a woeful 12-game stretch, Wright now has a five-game hitting streak. He also doubled with one out in the sixth, but was stranded at third base when Granderson and Bobby Abreu consecutively flied out.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom again attempts to notch his first major league win. DeGrom (0-4, 4.39 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84) at 4:10 p.m. ET Saturday.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014
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Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”


Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.


• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Marlins 11, Mets 1: Colon logs 4 in debut

March, 10, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bartolo Colon surrendered three fourth-inning runs and the Mets whiffed at an early bases-loaded, no-out situation in an 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Colon, making his Mets debut after being slowed by a calf injury early in camp, surrendered a two-run triple to Ed Lucas for the big blow after the teams had been scoreless through three innings.

“It was meaningful,” Colon said through an interpreter about his four-inning Mets debut. “I was happy I was able to locate my pitches today and was able to pitch well.”

Colon had plenty of extra work to do in the second inning. He twice had Jake Marisnick picked off first base, but ump Jerry Meals twice called Marisnick safe. (No video replay was in effect for this spring-training game.) Reed Johnson, at the plate at the time of those safe calls, then was mistakenly ruled safe by Meals after David Wright dove and fielded his grounder and fired to first base.

Colon, a master of adding and subtracting velocity from his fastball, said he pitched against the Marlins as he would during the regular season and was not guarded against the division opponent.

“I don’t shy away from throwing what I’m going to throw normally,” Colon said. “That’s my pitch. I’m a fastball pitcher. That’s what I’m going to use. I’m going to use my best pitch.”

Asked if it was realistic to expect he could duplicate last year’s 2.65 ERA with the Oakland Athletics, Colon said: “Whatever happened last year, it already happened. I’m focusing on this coming year.”

Shortcoming: Ruben Tejada, who had three misplays and was charged with one error Friday, again had difficulty in the field. Tejada lost the baseball exchanging it from his glove to hand on a routine second-inning grounder by Marisnick for his second Grapefruit League error.

A half-inning later, Tejada did snap an 0-for-7 drought to begin exhibition play with a double down the left-field line against Brad Hand.

It’s no secret the Mets would like to upgrade at shortstop. Probably not coincidentally, the Seattle Mariners again had two scouts at Monday’s game.

Terry Collins has indicated Wilmer Flores will start a game at shortstop early this week, although it would appear unlikely Flores would demonstrate the requisite range to return to a regular role at that position.

Strike force: The Mets set a franchise record with 1,384 strikeouts last season. They may break that record this season, and even threaten the MLB single-season record (1,535 by the Houston Astros, also in 2013).

That strikeout propensity was on display Monday. After loading the bases with none out in the first inning against Hand, Curtis Granderson, Josh Satin and Travis d’Arnaud consecutively struck out -- albeit Satin on a very borderline called third strike. Hand went on to strike out five straight batters before Tejada doubled in the second inning.

Monster shot: Giancarlo Stanton produced a monster two-run homer against left-handed prospect Jack Leathersich in the seventh inning, after belting a monster shot earlier in the at-bat that went foul.

Other deep thoughts: Ryan Reid surrendered a two-run homer to Derek Dietrich in a four-run, six-hit eighth against him.

What’s next: Expected Opening Day starter Jonathon Niese makes his 2014 Grapefruit League debut Tuesday against Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, Fla. Niese had been dispatched to New York on Feb. 26 for an MRI of his pitching shoulder.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 0

August, 1, 2013
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MIAMI -- Superman has kryptonite. Matt Harvey has the Miami Marlins.

For the third time this season, Harvey failed to get through six innings. All three of those starts have come at Marlins Park.

This time, Harvey dominated the Fish through five innings, surrendering only one hit -- a two-out single to opposing pitcher Tom Koehler in the third.


Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressMatt Harvey remained winless against the Marlins.


But the Marlins posted three runs against Harvey in the sixth, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Donovan Solano to cap a nine-pitch at-bat that chased the ace.

The Marlins went on to earn a split of the four-game series with a 3-0 win Thursday afternoon.

Harvey is now winless in four starts against the Marlins this season. The Mets are 5-10 against Miami in 2013 with one series remaining -- a four-game set Sept. 13-15 at Citi Field.

Harvey's line Thursday: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. He threw 110 pitches (71 strikes).

No offense: The Mets had ample opportunities against the Stony Brook University product Koehler, who ended up tossing six scoreless innings.

Ike Davis stranded five men on base in his first two at-bats alone. He struck out to end the top of the first and popped out in foul territory to end the top of the third.

In the fifth, with two runners on base and one out, Marlon Byrd sent a sinking liner to right-center. Rookie Jake Marisnick made a stellar diving catch to rob Byrd of an extra-base hit and doubled David Wright off at first base.

Harvey -- although it's not his primary responsibility -- twice ended innings by stranding runners in scoring position, too.

What's next: The Kansas City Royals, who are bidding this afternoon to stretch their winning streak to nine games, make their first visit to Queens since 2002. Dillon Gee (7-8, 4.13 ERA) opposes right-hander Wade Davis (5-9, 5.50) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. opener at Citi Field. O.A.R. performs postgame.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 2

July, 31, 2013
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MIAMI -- Sandy Alderson kept the New York Mets intact, prioritizing a strong finish over obtaining a middling prospect for Marlon Byrd.

The first game after the trading deadline was not what the GM preferred.

Jenrry Mejia surrendered three runs in six innings and the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Wednesday night. Worse, David Wright may be injured.

Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsJenrry Mejia allowed three runs in six innings Wednesday.

Despite the loss, the Mets finished July with a 15-12 record -- their first month with a winning mark this season.

Uh oh? After stealing second base with the Mets trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wright appeared to clutch his right hamstring, prompting a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez. Wright stayed in the game, but that definitely bears watching. During an ensuing pitching change that inning, Mets manager Terry Collins went to the field to check on Wright.

Wright was stranded at third base as the potential tying run when Mike Dunn entered and retired pinch hitter Josh Satin. Wright then took the field for the bottom of the eighth and did not look entirely comfortable.

Oh, Jenrry: After tossing seven scoreless innings at Nationals Park on Friday, Mejia this time allowed a second-inning solo homer to Jake Marisnick. Mejia then surrendered consecutive sacrifice flies to Placido Polanco and Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning as Miami took a 3-0 lead.

After Stanton’s RBI, Ramirez and Collins visited Mejia on the mound, but the right-hander remained in the game. The issue was not clear. Mejia did experience leg cramping in his previous start, Collins had said.

Mejia’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3, R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4, K, 1 WP, 1 HR. He threw 94 pitches (59 strikes).

The Mets wasted an opportunity to score in the third inning, after Eric Young Jr. delivered a two-out triple against Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez.

Umpires reviewed the shot to determine if the baseball hit shrubbery above the right-center wall, but stuck with their initial call of a three-bagger after checking the video. Young was stranded at third base after Alvarez walked Daniel Murphy, then coaxed a fly out to right field from David Wright.

Ike Davis’ sixth-inning double into the right-field corner plated Byrd with the Mets’ first run. Chad Qualls, after inheriting Young on third base from Alvarez in the eighth, uncorked a wild pitch as the Mets pulled within a run.

Extra help: Carlos Torres, who next starts Saturday against Kansas City, pitched the eighth inning in lieu of throwing a between-starts bullpen session. The Mets may have needed Torres' services with LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell unavailable due to recent use.

What’s next: Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67) in the 12:40 p.m. series finale Thursday. The Mets will not see another division opponent until facing the Braves on Aug. 20 at Citi Field.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 2 (10)

July, 30, 2013
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MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler went from flirting with history to flirting with disaster in a span of three batters.

The rookie took a no-hit bid one out into the seventh inning, when he walked Logan Morrison, then surrendered consecutive singles to Ed Lucas, Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick. By the time Wheeler coaxed a double-play groundout from Jeff Mathis, the Marlins had evened the score at 2.

Although Wheeler did not factor into the decision, the Mets ultimately beat the Marlins, 4-2, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. John Buck produced a tiebreaking two-run single against Steve Cishek with the bases loaded and none out.


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler ended up with a no-decision after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.


Wheeler’s effort marked the fifth time this season a Mets starting pitcher had taken a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Matt Harvey has done so three times. And Dillon Gee held the Atlanta Braves hitless until Freddie Freeman produced a leadoff single in the seventh only eight days ago at Citi Field.

The Mets, of course, did not record a no-hitter until the 8,020th game in franchise history, when Johan Santana ended the drought on June 1, 2012.

Wheeler’s final line Tuesday: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. He threw 87 pitches (64 strikes).

Wheeler flirted with the feat in his eighth career game.

The last pitcher to record a no-hitter quicker to begin a major league career: Clay Buchholz with the Boston Red Sox in his second major league outing, on Sept. 1, 2007 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Opportunity lost: The Mets wasted a golden opportunity in the eighth. With the score tied at 2, Marlon Byrd belted a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls. But Ike Davis struck out and Buck grounded out to third base, forcing Byrd to hold. After Juan Lagares then walked, Omar Quintanilla struck out to strand Byrd at third as the score remained even.

Qualls was so excited by the Quintanilla strikeout, he wildly pumped his fist, lost his balance and fell down.

Davis twice failed to drive in a runner from third base with less than two outs. He popped out to second base in the fourth with David Wright on third and one out. Lagares bailed Davis out that time -- with a two-out, two-run triple against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi to stake the Mets to a 2-0 lead.

What’s next: The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Jenrry Mejia, who tossed seven scoreless innings in his first major league appearance of the season, then opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013
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Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.


Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.


Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 4, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) right-handers Alex Sanabia, Ricky Nolasco and Jose Fernandez this weekend.
METS (2-1, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (0-3, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alex Sanabia (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 2.70) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.00), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Greensboro and Jupiter.

The Marlins opted to use the rookie with Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, both with shoulder inflammation.

Fernandez arrived in the U.S. from Cuba by boat as a refugee in 2008. In preparation for Sunday’s start, Fernandez threw a simulated game Tuesday in D.C., with first-year manager Mike Redmond and hitting coach Tino Martinez acting as batters. Both are not that far removed from major league careers.


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John Maine made the Marlins' Opening Day roster. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Mets.


• Ex-Met John Maine made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. He did not appear during the season-opening series at D.C., so his first major league action since his Mets days may come this weekend at Citi Field. Maine last threw a big league pitch on May 20, 2010 in Washington. It was after that abbreviated outing that pitching coach Dan Warthen called Maine a “habitual liar” with respect his truthfulness about injuries. Maine went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six games during spring training. He struck out nine and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

• Fellow ex-Met Jon Rauch signed a one-year, $1 million free-agent contract with the Marlins on Feb. 5.

• Miami, which completed its latest fire sale during the offseason, mustered only one run while getting swept in a season-opening three-game series at Nationals Park. The Marlins became the first team to total no more than one run in the team's first three games since the 1988 Orioles (also one run), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The '88 Orioles opened that season 0-21.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco batted cleanup the first two games of the season. He had never started a game in that slot previously in his 16-year career.

• First baseman Casey Kotchman will land on the disabled list Friday, two days after straining his left hamstring. He becomes the third first baseman the Marlins have lost this season. Logan Morrison (knee surgery) is on the 60-day DL, while Joe Mahoney is on the 15-day DL with an intercostal strain. Among the flurry of moves last season, the Marlins traded first baseman Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July 31.

Greg Dobbs should handle the bulk of the first-base duty for now, while Austin Kearns and rookie Chris Valaika may see action at the position, too.

Giancarlo Stanton, the lone remaining threat in Miami’s lineup, led the NL in slugging percentage (.608) and finished second to Ryan Braun in homers last season, with 37. Stanton now has 93 career homers, matching Frank Robinson for fifth-most in MLB history before turning 23. The only players with more: Mel Ott (115), Eddie Mathews (112), Tony Conigliaro (104) and Alex Rodriguez (95).

• Catcher Miguel Olivo signed with Miami on March 29 after playing in 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds during spring training. Jeff Mathis suffered a broken right clavicle early in spring training.

• In the Nov. 19 trade that sent Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, the Marlins received minor leaguers Anthony DeScalfani, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino as well as Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mathis. Reyes bristled during spring training at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, after Loria denied advising Reyes days before the trade to buy a house in Miami.

Alex Sanabia, 24, will make his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2011 in the series opener. He went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 17 starts last season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he also had three DL stints.

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

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ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

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Around the minors 8.16.12

August, 16, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 5, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler surrendered five runs on eight hits, including a solo homer to Sebastian Valle, while striking out eight and walking none in five innings. Wheeler now has a 4.60 ERA through three Triple-A starts. Justin Hampson and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Lucas May and Lucas Duda contributed a sacrifice flies in consecutive innings. Brad Emaus and Fred Lewis scored, both after doubling. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: New Hampshire's John Tolisano launched a tiebreaking three-run homer off Greg Peavey in the fourth inning and the B-Mets stranded 10 runners. Binghamton struck first, plating a run in the second inning against starter Fernando Hernandez. Jefry Marte reached on a one-out walk, took second on a passed ball, advanced on a single and scored when Wilfredo Tovar beat out a double play. The Fisher Cats tagged Peavey for four runs in the fourth. After Jake Marisnick’s leadoff single, Brad Glenn tied the score with a double. Ryan Goins then singled to set the stage for Tolisano, who blasted a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence. Binghamton threatened, placing two runners aboard in the fourth and sixth, but failed to score in either frame. Sean Ochinko extended the Fisher Cats' lead with a solo homer in the sixth. Binghamton’s struggles with runners on base continued in the seventh. Ronald Uviedo allowed a pair to reach, but struck out Eric Campbell to end the inning. The B-Mets plated their final run in the eighth. Uviedo departed after issuing a leadoff a walk to Raul Reyes. After Marte greeted reliever Chorye Spoone with a single, Francisco Pena rolled into a double play that left Marte as the surviving runner at second. Tovar brought him home with a single. Spoone retired Pedro Zapata to end the inning and handed off to Sam Dyson for the ninth. Dyson threw a perfect frame. Peavey (6-8) went a career-high eight innings, but allowed five runs on eight hits. It was his second complete this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, PALM BEACH 5: Angel Cuan limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings. Palm Beach rallied from a 7-1 deficit with a four-run eighth against Jeffrey Walters. Cory Vaughn launched his 21st homer and Alonzo Harris Jr. also had a two-run shot. Box

SAVANNAH 6, HICKORY 5: Yucarybert De La Cruz produced a three-run homer in the seventh as the Gnats overcame a 4-3 deficit. T.J. Chism picked up his 18th save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 14, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Corey Oswalt allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 2: With three Cyclones starting pitchers having appeared in Tuesday's New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Brooklyn leaned on its relief corps. Matt Bowman made his first professional start and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two. Tri-City starter Lance Day matched Bowman until the fifth, when Brooklyn opened the scoring. Jeff Glenn doubled and moved to third on Juan Gamboa's groundout. Dimas Ponce then singled to plate Glenn. Matt Koch replaced Bowman and found himself in a fifth-inning jam. M.P. Cokinos and Jean Batista connected on back-to-back hits that put two in scoring position with one out. After Dan Gubransen's sacrifice fly, Emilio King launched a two-run homer to put Tri-City ahead, 3-1. Brooklyn answered a half-inning later, after a fielding error and a walk put a pair of runners aboard. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Phillip Evans and slice Brooklyn's deficit to one run. In the seventh, the ValleyCats restored a two-run lead, although Logan Taylor limited the damage. After entering with the bases loaded and nobody out, Taylor induced a sacrifice fly and a double play to hold the deficit to 4-2. In the eighth, Jayce Boyd doubled and Plawecki singled, but Stefan Sabol and Glenn struck out to end the threat. Box

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Around the minors 8.15.12

August, 15, 2012
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LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1: A four-run fourth inning doomed Chris Schwinden, who was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. First baseman Adam Loewen had an error in the inning. C.J. Nitkowski, Elvin Ramirez and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Olson was making his first appearance since clearing waivers and rejoining the Bisons. Loewen had doubled and scored on Matt den Dekker's single as the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the second. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Raul Reyes homered and had four RBIs and Darin Gorski allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings to collect his team-leading eighth win. Reyes got the B-Mets on the board in the fourth against starter Deck McGuire. With a runner aboard, Reyes blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in center field. The B-Mets added two more runs in the inning on three additional hits, including Juan Lagares' RBI double. The Fisher Cats took advantage of an error to answer with a run in the fourth. With a runner on first, Wilfredo Tovar bobbled a possible double-play ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. Following a walk to load the bases, Brian Van Kirk delivered a sac fly. Gorski limited the damage by inducing Sean Ochinko to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Against reliever Matt Daly in the fifth, Reyes produced a two-out, two-run single. Staked to a five-run lead, Gorski held off the Fisher Cats in the sixth. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Gorski then got Ochinko to roll into a double play to end the threat. Gorski allowed his only earned run in the seventh, on a two-out solo homer by Ryan Schimpf. Gorski ended his night by retiring Jake Marisnick on an inning-ending groundout. Gorski (8-6) had his second-longest appearance as a B-Met. He went eight innings against Altoona on June 16. Brad Holt and Drew Carpenter combined for two scoreless relief innings. McGuire suffered his league-leading 14th loss, and fourth against the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0: Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight. He surrendered two hits and walked two en route to his fourth victory. Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th long ball this season. In the fifth, Travis Taijeron ripped a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0. Blake Forsythe hit a solo homer and Cesar Puello produced an RBI double in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Box

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2: Brian Harrison helped power the Sand Gnats, who took two of three from Lexington and finished a six-game homestand at 5-1. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer. The Gnats scored three first-inning runs. With two aboard, Harrison laced a two-run double to put Savannah in front. Harrison scored on Greg Pron’s groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Harrison homered to lead off the third, providing the Gnats with a four-run cushion. Savannah starter Marcos Camarena worked around baserunners in the first three innings. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Legends broke through for two unearned runs in the fifth, thanks to Harrison's fielding error on a groundball to his right at first base. Camarena departed after five innings. Reliever Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless innings. The Gnats pulled away with four runs in the eighth. With two outs and the bases empty, Harrison singled and Dustin Lawley doubled to plate him. Albert Cordero singled home Lawley. Charley Thurber completed the scoring with a two-run double. Box

KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jorge Rivero and Yeixon Ruiz drove in three runs apiece. John Gant surrendered one run, unearned, in six innings. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but the Cyclones fell in the first game after the league's All-Star break. St. John's product Craig Hansen, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, who did not pitch last season, made his organization debut in the eighth. Hansen, 28, allowed a run on three hits and a walk. Tri-City opened the scoring with a two-run fourth. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jarrod McKinney then hit a groundball to Cessa, who committed a throwing error. Jesse Wierzbicki and M.P. Cokinos scored. The Cyclones placed a runner on third in the fifth, after Juan Gamboa walked and advanced on a fielding error, but were unable to capitalize. The ValleyCats put up another run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Neiko Johnson reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dimas Ponce. Preston Tucker followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn's Eudy Pina opened the seventh with a double. Brandon Nimmo then had a bunt single and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With Boyd batting, Tri-City reliever Jeremiah Meiners threw a wild pitch, allowing Pina to score and the runners to advance. Boyd grounded out to the shortstop, but Nimmo came home on the play to cut the ValleyCats’ lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Tri-City scored two more runs, charged to reliever Tim Peterson. Box

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HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
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ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187