2:12 PM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014

Heaney looking forward to his last start Friday, competition this spring

Andrew Heaney's first go-around in the big leagues hardly went the way he wanted it to, but he's happy the Marlins are giving him a chance Friday to finish the season right. The organization's top prospect, who went 0-3 with...

Phillies' Kendrick confounds Hand, Marlins

— It has been a season with little tangible return for Brad Hand.

Marlins' newcomer Kike Hernandez impresses with versatility

Considering he didn't get invited to big league camp this spring and is finishing the season playing regularly in the majors, Kike Hernandez has experienced enough this year to make any young player's head spin.

Alvarez helps Marlins snap four-game skid with latest home gem

Henderson Alvarez and two relievers combined on the club's 16th shutout win of 2014.MIAMI – Henderson Alvarez entered his final Marlins Park start of 2014 Tuesday tied with Clayton Kershaw for the best home ERA (1.75) in the majors. Wednesday, Alvarez will wake up in sole possession of the top spot.

Marlins notes: DeSclafani begins serving three-game suspension

Out for the final home series of 2014, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani is candidate to start one of the doubleheader games in Washington Friday.MIAMI – The Marlins are without right-hander Anthony DeSclafani through Thursday. Suspended three-games for throwing at Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez, DeSclafani's appeal was unsuccessful. He began serving Tuesday.

Wednesday: Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.

Brad Hand to start second-to-last Marlins' home game.7:10 p.m., Marlins Park, Miami

Phillies' RHP Kyle Kendrick going for 14th career win vs. Miami Marlins Wednesday

With a win Wednesday, Kyle Kendrick would become the sixth pitcher to total 14 or more in his career against the Marlins. Kendrick, who is making his 26 th lifetime appearance (21 st start) against them can boast a 13-3 record and 3.57 ERA in 126 innings in the series.

All quiet at the top for Marlins as season enters final week

As the season winds down and underachieving teams begin to dole out pink slips (see Frank Wren in Atlanta), the Marlins aren't planning any such major moves. Manager Mike Redmond will keep his job, as will president of baseball operations...

Tuesday: Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.

Marlins open their final Marlins Park series of 2014.

Miami Marlins: Big batting average increases rare for young players

Adeiny Hechavarria has shown great improvement at the plate. From 1990-2013, he was one of eight major league hitters to total 500 or more plate appearances in an age-24 season or younger and hit less than .230. His 47-point improvement is second only to Brian McRae during that span.

Nationals complete first-ever four-game South Florida sweep of Marlins

Stephen Strasburg dominated through seven innings as the Nationals won their third straight one-run game over the Marlins.MIAMI – As far as the Marlins have come in 2014, the just completed four-game series against the National League East champion Nationals was a humbling reminder of how far they have to go.

Marlins notes: Ozuna sprains ankles, out for last seven games

A high ankle sprain will keep center fielder Marcell Ozuna sidelined for the final week of the regular season.MIAMI – It wasn't as gruesome as some of the other notable Marlins' injuries this season, but Marcell Ozuna turning his right ankle as he cruised into second base Sunday wasn't easy on the stomach.

Loss to Nats eliminates Marlins from wild-card contention

The Miami Marlins hung around the playoff picture after losing their ace Jose Fernandez in May and when their biggest bat, Giancarlo Stanton, was lost last week.

Marlins looking for Eovaldi to finish season strong

Marlins manager Mike Redmond has been preaching to his players to finish the year strong, and that especially applies to Sunday's starter, Nathan Eovaldi.

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