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Dan Straily, Martin Prado close to returning to Marlins

After struggling through one of their worst opening months, some help appears to be on the way for the undermanned Marlins. Several key players are progressing on injury rehab assignments in the minor leagues. Pitcher Dan Straily and veteran infielder Martin Prado are getting close returning to...

Fish Stripes

Marlins RHP Matt Givin undergoes Tommy John surgery

The 20th-round draft pick aims to return to competition by mid-2019. Fish Stripes has learned that Marlins right-hander Matt Givin underwent Tommy John surgery last Tuesday to address a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews. His recovery is estimated at 12-15 months. Givin, 18, signed with the organization as a 20th-round pick in last year’s amateur draft. He made his pro debut in late July and thrived in the rookie Gulf Coast League (23.1 IP, 0.39 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). That performance boosted his stock...

Tampa Bay Times

Wall Street Journal: Baseball in Florida 'has been a disaster'

The Rays and Miami Marlins "are at a moment of reckoning" after histories of low attendance and an offseason in which they sold off many of their top players and were singled out by the MLB Players Association for failing to spend revenue-sharing money,

Pinstripe Alley

What the Yankees have already lost in the early going

The season has only just started, but the Yankees have already lost a significant amount of ground in the division race. The Yankees have not had a strong start to the season. They’ve muddled along around .500, and have suffered a few particularly ugly defeats, notably a 14-1 shellacking on the road in Boston, and an embarrassing 9-1 loss at home to the cellar-dwelling Marlins. They’ve sustained injuries, come up short in key moments, and have just overall been middling so far. Get past the general malaise and the tough losses, though, and you can still see a great team. Even with the...

New York Post

Potential Mets trade target bashes Yankees in return from injury

One pipe dream to solve the Mets’ catching injuries is officially back from an injury himself, making an entrance in The Bronx loud enough to hear from Citi Field. The Marlins activated J.T. Realmuto from the disabled list Tuesday in time to make his season debut against the Yankees and smash a three-run, opposite-field home...

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Marlins better with Realmuto, but more contributors needed to boost offense

J.T. Realmuto announced his long-awaited return from a back injury Tuesday by saying he hoped to provide a spark for the struggling Marlins offense. He did just that over the next few hours in a 9-1 rout of the Yankees with two hits, including a three-run homer, four RBI and two runs scored. “I...

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Realmuto hopes to be spark to get Marlins going

Marliins catcher J.T. Realmuto discusses his return from a back injury, says he hopes to help the team get on winning trac.

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees may have an answer at second base in Tampa Bay Rays Brad Miller

The New York Yankees should pull the trigger on acquiring Brad Miller from the Tampa Bay Rays. Back in December, the New York Yankees made a big splash by trading for the NL reigning MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the salary-dumping Miami Marlins. The New York Yankees also acquired the remaining $295 Million on Stanton’s contract. […] New York Yankees may have an answer at second base in Tampa Bay Rays Brad Miller - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

d’Arnaud to have Tommy John, Nimmo and Lobaton up

The Mets made a flurry of moves as their Opening Day catchers are both sidelined. The New York Mets announced on Friday that catcher Travis d’Arnaud will have Tommy John Surgery to repair a partial UCL tear. The team has placed him on the 60-day disabled list. Earlier in the day, the Mets announced that they were placing catcher Kevin Plawecki on the 10-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right hand, an injury Plawecki sustained in Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Plawecki is expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action. To replace d’Arnaud, the Mets purchased the...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for April 13, 2018

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Travis d’Arnaud was “shocked” by the news that he has a partial tear of his UCL. He hadn’t experienced any discomfort in the elbow until Monday during some throwing drills before the game. He still has yet to decide whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery. Justin Mears explores what a potential trade with the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto might look like and posits that it’s something the Mets should consider. Anthony Castrovince named Seth Lugo the pleasant surprise on the Mets so...

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Game 12: Phillies aim to continue hot ways in Tampa

After a rough go of things during the opening week of the season, the Phillies visit Tampa Bay on Friday riding a three-game winning streak into Tropicana Field for a series with the last-place Rays. The Phillies won five of six at Citizens Bank Park this past week over the Marlins and Reds, finishing the homestand with a +28 run differential scoring an average of 7.3 runs per game.The starting pitching has been equally magnificent with a combined 2.87 ERA over 47 innings dating back to April 3.Friday's starter Vince Velasquez tossed six innings in his previous outing, surrendering one earned...

Rising Apple

New York Mets: Catcher J.T. Realmuto is too far out of reach in 2018

New York Mets fans would love to solve their catching problem by acquiring Miami Marlins backstop J.T. Realmuto. What we all have to realize is that Realmuto is out of reach for the Mets this season. Immediate panic set in when New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud suffered a possible season-ending injury the second week […] New York Mets: Catcher J.T. Realmuto is too far out of reach in 2018 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies have chance to gain ground in NL East against Rays

The Phillies climbed their way back into the picture in the NL East at home and now have a chance to gain ground on the division-leading Mets. The Phillies opened the year by dropping four of five games on the road, putting themselves in last place in the division. Even the lowly Marlins were a […] Phillies have chance to gain ground in NL East against Rays - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Arizona Diamondbacks: Steven Souza Jr. takes aim at former club

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. took a shot on twitter at his former club, the Tampa Bay Rays The Miami Marlins made all the headlines during the off-season in Florida with their purge of players, but the Tampa Bay Rays had their own fire sale, one that extended into Spring Training. Two of those […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Steven Souza Jr. takes aim at former club - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Straily encouraged by bullpen session

Marlins manager Don Mattingly discusses Dan Straily's progress in injury rehab with first session on the mound.

www.bostonherald.com

Silverman: Unbeatable Red Sox doing everything right

That memo, the one that read something about the Yankees being the stiff competition the Red Sox needed to bring them down to earth after feasting on the Marlins and Rays for their first nine games?Pure spam.After last night’s deliriously one-sided and dominating 14-1 series-opening romp, the Red Sox made the Yankees look like any other roadkill foolish enough to cross their path in this young but increasingly promising season.If the third-inning sight of Giancarlo Stanton striking out on a Chris Sale pitch that was eye-high didn’t set the tone well enough, then the old-school David...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Series Preview

The Yankees face the Red Sox for the first time in 2018. Two teams projected for similar success in 2018 have started the season on two different paths. The Red Sox are 8-1 after nine games, benefitting from an easy schedule against the Rays and Marlins. The Yankees, meanwhile are just 5-5 in their first 10 contests after an embarrassing series against the Orioles. Both teams are likely to normalize before long, but will the Yankees turn it on in order to turn Boston off? As much as the Yankees have been hit by the injury bug, the Red Sox have not been immune either. Xander Bogaerts...

Florida Marlins Blog | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marlins Brinson, Bour cope with slumps

Marlins manager Don Mattingly discusses slumping hitters Lewis Brinson and Justin Bour and the hand injury that has sidelined Garrett Cooper.

Fish Stripes

Mets Series Preview: Q&A with Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane from our Mets sister site stops by to discuss the upcoming series with the Mets. The Marlins will be home for the entire upcoming week, and it starts with a three-game series versus the New York Mets. Looking to bounce back after a disastrous road trip, the Fish will face off against Noah Syndergaard Monday night at 7:10pm ET. The Mets have been one of baseball’s hottest teams out of the gate, currently holding a 7-1 record. However, they’re coming off one of the more disappointing seasons in recent memory as they were plagued by injuries, poor performances from key...

Amazin Avenue

Zack Wheeler will start for Mets on Wednesday

Wheeler had a great start for Triple-A Las Vegas, and he’s getting the ball in a major league game this week. The Mets have announced that right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler will start on Wednesday as the team visits the Miami Marlins. At the end of spring training, Wheeler was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, and Seth Lugo was named to a spot in the team’s rotation to take the place of Jason Vargas, who is working his way back from hand surgery after his glove hand was struck by a line drive in a spring training game. Wheeler was excellent on Friday night in his first start with Vegas....

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Silverman: Red Sox show early resilience in 2018 campaign

Six wins are six wins, no matter how you slice and dice them.And while the innards of some of their recent victories reveal some gory tendencies in the baserunning and relief department, the 2018 Red Sox are showing they can win ugly just as easily as win pretty.Maybe more easily.Even when their glass looks half-empty, they keep flipping it over and filling it right back up.The Red Sox are 6-1 and yesterday was their second consecutive extra-inning win, this one against the Rays, two days earlier against the Marlins.Whatever it takes for these Red Sox in this ultra-extended spring...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees’ three-headed monster is just getting started

Considering the offensive environment, we’re poised to see more from the Yankees’ three best hitters. In case you didn’t see the cover of any newspaper in the New York-metro area, all of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton homered against the Rays on Wednesday. It was something a lot of fans have fantasized about since Stanton came over from the Marlins: with those three players bunched together in the lineup, one could envision 140 home runs in this offensive environment. Well, about that offensive environment. While 2017 yielded the most home runs in a single season...

DRaysBay

Preview: Rays @ Red Sox

After five straight losses, the Rays turn to a rookie to reverse their fortune in Boston This afternoon, Yonny Chirinos and the Rays look to snap their five-game losing streak against a Red Sox team that has won five straight. Boston pitching has been on a roll lately, allowing just eight runs during their five-game winning streak against the Rays (three) and the Marlins (two), while Rays pitchers struggled against a fierce Yankee lineup that is bound to make a lot of pitchers look foolish during the 2018 season. Today, Boston will send David Price to the mound for their home opener....

Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins links, 4/5/18: Marlins sign former closer. Psych! No, they didn’t.

Also, the roof! The roof! The roof will be open! And more Thursday links. The Marlins were off yesterday but not without intrigue. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, they signed former Cardinals’ closer Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league deal. (Click the tweet below and read the replies. It’s worth your time if you like to laugh, particularly Rosenthal’s response.) The Miami #Marlins sign #STLCards closer Trevor Rosenthal to a one year contract while recovering from Tommy John surgery that will pay him $88,900 in the minors and the league minimum of 545,000 if he returns...

NESN.com

Red Sox Vs. Marlins Lineup: J.D. Martinez Returns To Lineup For Boston

The Boston Red Sox have responded from their season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Rays by reeling off four straight... Read More »

Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins links, 4/2/18: Marlins split series with Cubs, Tayron Guerrero, Trevor Richards, Out with the Orange

Monday’s links! Your Miami Marlins links for Monday, April 2nd, 2018 Miami and Chicago begin their season at .500 Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Due to some spring training injuries the Marlins have had to go with Dillon Peters in yesterday’s game against Chicago. After a rough spring training Peters (Miami’s no. 15 prospect according to MLB Pipeline) pitched his best game as a Marlin going six innings without allowing a run on only six hits. This is best performance by a Marlins pitcher in the first four games. The Marlins won with a final score of 6-0 after...

Tampa Bay Times

Could be worse, Rays fans; you could be the Marlins

Rays fans, just keep this in mind Thursday and throughout the rest of the season: At least you're not the Marlins.Here's how the team down in Miami started the 2018 season ... at 12:43 p.m. ... on the first pitch ... in all of major-league baseball.

Fish Stripes

A look at Jarlin Garcia, Marlins Starter

Due to injuries, Garcia will look to take advantage of his opportunity in the rotation. After being called up to the Marlins early in the 2017 season, Jarlin Garcia was a pleasant surprise addition to the Marlins’ thin relief corps. Garcia was called up to get left-handed batters out and provide middle relief help to the beleaguered Marlins staff. Mattingly said at the start of spring training: “We think [starting is] probably the best for his development. Last year was a little bit of a shortcut to the bullpen. Right now he’s a starter, we feel like he’ll be a starter this year....