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8/19/2014 | Bullpen has enjoyed turnaround since Morris deal

Marlins relievers have come a long way from the 3.25 ERA they posted in the first half. Since the All-Star break, Miami's bullpen has been one of the stingiest in the Majors. Its 2.08 second-half ERA ranked fourth in baseball entering play on Tuesday.

8/19/2014 | Marlins fan helps Stanton take Ice Bucket Challenge

Marlins Park has been the site of several ALS Ice Bucket Challenges over the last week. A handful of players (including Casey McGehee), manager Mike Redmond and even team president David Samson have all dumped ice over themselves in an effort to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease. The challenge that drew the most attention, though, took place on Tuesday, when Giancarlo Stanton executed his bid differently.

8/19/2014 | Samson eager for MLB to address pace of game

Improving the pace of games is a top priority for MLB's next Commissioner, Rob Manfred, and it is an issue Marlins president David Samson is passionate about. To grow the sport locally, nationally and internationally, Samson says, it is imperative that games speed up.

8/18/2014 | Marlins are good and not going away anytime soon

As much as we've focused on the Nationals and Braves, as much as we wanted to see if the Phillies had one last run in them, the Marlins have kept going.

8/18/2014 | There's more to Marlins' outfield than Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton's imposing stature and impressive home runs gain a majority of the attention. But when it comes to the Marlins' outfield as a unit, it is much more than a one-man show.

8/17/2014 | With 62nd victory, Marlins match '13 win total

With their 10-3 win over the D-backs on Sunday, the Marlins reached the .500 mark and gave legitimacy to their claim they are in the playoff mix.

8/17/2014 | Stanton powers Marlins back to .500

On Sunday, Giancarlo Stanton's bat propelled the Marlins to .500 for the first time since July 29 as they beat Arizona, 10-3, and secured their third consecutive series win. With four RBIs, Stanton's season total climbed to a National League-best 88, surpassing his career-high of 87 set in 2011.

8/17/2014 | Scoring change erases 'E' in D-backs-Marlins tilt

After further review, the decisive run scored in the Marlins' 2-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night is now earned.

8/17/2014 | McGehee sticking with up-the-middle hitting approach

Staying with an up-the-middle approach is a big reason Casey McGehee has enjoyed a productive season. It's factored into the Miami third baseman batting .333 with runners in scoring position entering play Sunday, as well as providing protection behind Giancarlo Stanton.

8/17/2014 | Rest helps Cishek return to form

The Marlins entered Sunday as one of three teams with 17 wins in the second half, a feat that has forced them to rely on closer Steve Cishek more than usual.

8/16/2014 | Marlins seek series vs. D-backs, elusive return to .500

For Miami to have a shot at reaching .500 for the first time since July 29, Tom Koehler will have to get over the 8.00 ERA he has in two career starts against Arizona. Koehler and the Marlins wrap up a four-game set and their season series with the D-backs and Josh Collmenter on Sunday at Marlins Park.

8/16/2014 | Marlins capitalize on errors, reward sharp Alvarez

Henderson Alvarez not only returned from the disabled list on Saturday night. The right-hander quickly regained his All-Star form. Alvarez allowed one run and struck out six in seven innings, and Miami was able to capitalize on five Arizona errors to claim a 2-1 victory at Marlins Park.

8/16/2014 | Replay confirms no violation on play at plate in Miami

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked for and was granted a crew-chief review of a possible violation of Rule 7.13 in the first inning of Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night. After a one-minute, 27-second review, the ruling on the field was confirmed and there was no violation.

8/16/2014 | Loria talks Manfred, replay, state of Marlins

Jeffrey Loria believes the future of Major League Baseball is in good hands with the naming of Rob Manfred as Bud Selig's replacement as the next Commissioner, the Marlins owner told reporters Saturday afternoon as he addressed a number of topics.

8/16/2014 | Hand or Penny headed to Marlins' bullpen

The Marlins have two days off scheduled next week on Monday and Thursday, and the rest not only gives the Marlins some time away from the ballpark, it affords manager Mike Redmond the chance to dwell on which starter -- either 24-year-old Brad Hand or 36-year-old Brad Penny -- he will send to the bullpen to accommodate Henderson Alvarez's return to the rotation on Saturday.

8/15/2014 | With Alvarez returning, DeSclafani optioned

The return of Henderson Alvarez to the mound on Saturday meant there was going to be the odd man out of the Marlins' pitching staff. Anthony DeSclafani was the one, being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced after Friday night's 3-2 loss to the D-backs. Alvarez will be activated from the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder inflammation) before the third game of the series on Saturday.

8/15/2014 | Marlins' All-Star hurler returns to face D-backs

The Marlins are getting their ace back on Saturday, when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound for the first time since July 29. Alvarez, who stepped up as Miami's No. 1 starter after Jose Fernandez went down in May, has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Alvarez's counterpart, Wade Miley, will need to cut down on the home runs if he's going to finish 2014 strong. Miley enters the game third in the league in home runs allowed.

8/15/2014 | Double plays derail Marlins' comeback attempt

The Marlins found themselves in double trouble all night. A bid for a second straight comeback win over Arizona on Friday night was pretty much put to rest by four double plays. The double plays, combined with home runs from Cliff Pennington and Aaron Hill, lifted the D-backs to a 3-2 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

8/15/2014 | Furcal's season over after just nine games

Nine games at the Major League level is all Rafael Furcal is going to get this year. The infielder, who signed with the Marlins this past winter to play second base, will undergo surgery on Wednesday in Miami to remove scar tissue from the left hamstring that's plagued him all year.

8/15/2014 | Walks to Stanton not altering Redmond's strategy

Intentional walks have been so common for Giancarlo Stanton that Marlins manager Mike Redmond occasionally will sacrifice bunt ahead of the slugger no matter the situation in the late innings.

8/14/2014 | Dunn sets Marlins mark with 10th relief win

Not only did Thursday night's 5-4 victory mean that Miami had recorded its Majors-leading 10th walk-off win of the season -- it also meant that reliever Mike Dunn notched his 10th win of the season, which is more than anyone on the team. And the bullpen has made fun of Dunn all season, calling him a vulture for stealing all the starters' wins.

8/14/2014 | Resurgent Cahill tries hand at Hand, Marlins

Trevor Cahill, who has been relegated to the bullpen and designated for assignment this season, has a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts, pitching seven innings each time for the D-backs. But on Friday at Marlins Park, he's going to face a pitcher who has been hot lately, as well. Marlins starter Brad Hand had a 2.28 ERA in four outings -- all quality starts -- before his most recent one.

8/14/2014 | Marlins rally, walk off on Ozuna's double in 10th

Contenders find a way. The Marlins did just that on Thursday night, walking off against the D-backs, 5-4, on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double in the 10th inning.

8/14/2014 | Reflective Jennings eyes September return

A week after being struck on the side of the head by a line drive, Dan Jennings was playing catch Thursday at Marlins Park and anticipating a return to game action by September.

8/14/2014 | Ozuna's unique handshake an internet sensation

It's not the first time Marlins antics have gone viral on Twitter. At the end of July, right-hander Tom Koehler got some attention for trying to "dunk on" Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the dugout in Houston. But now Marcell Ozuna's got the spotlight after coming up with an elaborate dance that was caught on camera on Wednesday.

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