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MIAMI -- Miami's Jose Fernandez stood hatless and in an orange T-shirt behind the empty batting cage talking with Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig more than two hours before the start of Monday night's series opener.
The two young Cuban stars had never met, and this was their chance to say a quick hello.
Now, speaking to an opponent before a game might not be as frowned upon as it once was, but ... Fernandez was that night's Marlins starting pitcher.
Most hurlers stay to themselves before a start, keeping interaction to a minimum while they focus on a plan of attack.
Not Miami's 21-year-old kid with the golden arm.
"That was the first time," Fernandez said when asked if he had ever previously spoken to an opponent pregame. "It was actually amazing, we were talking forever. I knew we were going to be incredible friends because we were talking about what we went though to get here and how we left over there back in Cuba. We actually use...
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Jose Fernandez is the ace and future of the Marlins pitching staff
The Miami Marlins have gone through quite a whirlwind two years. Last season they were picked by many to be world series contenders after adding Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell to go along with a core led by Giancarlo Stanton
and a healthy staff ace in Josh Johnson. Fast forward an off-season and...
Any other year and Jose Fernandez would be getting a lot more attention. The Marlins’ rookie starting pitcher recently turned 21 years old and he was promoted to the major straight from Single-A. It was, at least, advanced Single-A, but his experience there was all of 55 innings. Now he’s up to 24 big-league starts, […]
Cuban-born rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was a much anticipated guest at Marlins Park. Fellow countryman Jose Fernandez reminded him and everyone else who owns the place.
Fernandez dominated the ballyhooed match-up holding Puig hitless in three at-bats including a three-pitch strikeout on 97-mph fastballs with two on in the fifth. That effort helped propel the Marlins to a 6-2 win...
The two NL Rookie of the Year contenders chatted on the field during batting practice, discussing how they escaped Cuba before becoming major-league stars this season.
Then they went head to head, and Jose Fernandez bested Yasiel Puig to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fernandez allowed only one earned run in six innings to help Marlins win 6-2 Monday night, giving the Dodgers consecutive...
MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Fernandez bested Yasiel Puig and beat the Dodgers.
Fernandez allowed only one earned run in six innings and the Miami Marlins won 6-2 Monday, giving Los Angeles consecutive losses for the first time since June 20-21.
Puig went 0 for 3 against Fernandez in the first matchup between the Cubans.
Logan Morrison doubled home a run in the seventh to put Miami ahead...
Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez squared up to bunt against the Giants’ Matt Cain on Saturday, but when he saw a Cain fastball heading right toward him, understandably, he bailed. But Henderson’s bat did not bail. Instead, the lumber levitated for a second and bunted the ball anyways, deflecting the pitch into foul territory. It was something you certainly don’t see...
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.
The move was made before Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Polanco was hit in the back of the helmet with a pitch Friday against San Francisco.
The Marlins selected infielder Gil Velazquez from Triple-A New Orleans. They also transferred...
Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco was hit on the
helmet by a pitch during Friday night’s contest against the San Francisco
Giants. While it didn’t initially appear the veteran infielder was facing
concussion symptoms, he later showed signs, causing the Marlins to place him on
the seven-day disabled list, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
The Marlins were...
Ben and Sam reevaluate whether the Marlins` early promotion of Jose Fernandez made sense, then talk about where Robinson Cano will end up.
MIAMI (AP) -- Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that bounced off Giants center fielder Andres Torres and sent the Miami Marlins over San Francisco Giants 6-5 Sunday.
It was 5-all in a back-and-forth game when Ed Lucas led off the eighth with a single against Sandy Rosario (3-1). With one out, Mathis hit a liner to left-center...
MIAMI (AP) -- With his first swing of the night, Yasiel Puig snapped a slump and silenced speculation he's in the doghouse.
The rookie sensation came off the bench to hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Puig was held out of the starting lineup after going hitless in his past 11 at-bats...
Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that bounced off Giants center fielder Andres Torres and sent the Miami Marlins over San Francisco Giants 6-5 Sunday.
It was 5-all in a back-and-forth game when Ed Lucas led off the eighth with a single against Sandy Rosario (3-1). With one out, Mathis hit a liner to left-center and the ball...
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (nine homers, 37 RBI, 29 runs, five steals, .310 batting, .361 on-base percentage) has put himself in position to claim the American League Rookie of the Year award, despite only 51 games in the majors.
But he still falls short of making our countdown of baseball's five best rookies regardless of league affiliation (stats through Aug. 19...