Miami Marlins Looking For 11th Straight Win

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CBS Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez’s outstanding stretch has already put him in the Miami Marlins’ record books, but it’s not sending him to the All-Star game.

The Marlins are looking for an 11th straight win with Alvarez on the mound as he attempts to continue his dominance of the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field on Friday night.

Alvarez (6-3, 2.27 ERA) is fourth in the NL in ERA, including a 1.04 mark over his last nine outings while going 4-0. His last 10 starts have ended in Marlins victories, the longest active streak in the majors and a team record.

“I’ve always wanted to be a leader,” the 24-year-old right-hander said through a translator. “I’m just focused on being a pitcher.”

Despite his tremendous run, Alvarez was snubbed for his first All-Star appearance. However, he’ll likely be an option as a replacement…

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Miami Marlins On The Road Against The Phillies

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MIAMI (AP) – With Cole Hamels on the mound, the reeling Philadelphia Phillies should at least believe they have a solid chance to end their latest skid.

The left-hander looks for another strong outing while trying to help the visiting Phillies avoid matching a season high with their sixth straight defeat Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins.

Philadelphia’s Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to tie the score Tuesday, but Ed Lucas delivered a run-scoring single in the 11th to help Miami (40-43) snap a four-game skid with a 5-4 victory.

While the Marlins hope they are back on track, the Phillies (36-47) have totaled 12 runs during their five-game losing streak. Philadelphia dropped six in a row May 31-June 5.

“It just seems like the games we’re close to, we just don’t win them,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “We’ve been in spots to…

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Koehler Roughed Up By Dodgers In Marlins’ 6-5 Loss

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Florida Marlins had to endure yet another early exit from one of their starters. And to manager Mike Redmond’s surprise, it was Tom Koehler’s turn to hit the showers early after throwing 15 scoreless innings in his previous two outings.

Christian Yelich helped stake Koehler to a 3-1 lead with a solo homer in the third inning, but the Marlins’ right-hander never made it through the fourth and gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Yasiel Puig in a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night.

“That’s four in a row for us, where we haven’t had a starter get past the fifth inning — and it’s tough to win a ballgame like that at home or on the road,” Redmond said.

Koehler (3-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings. In his previous two starts, he beat the Dodgers…

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Miami Marlins Have Home Field Advantage Over Mets

Let’s Go, Marlins!

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MIAMI (AP) – Giancarlo Stanton displays his power so frequently that Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond doesn’t even bat an eye during flight of one of Stanton’s tape-measure home runs.

Miami also is getting pretty used to winning at home.

Stanton, the National League’s leader in homers and RBIs, looks to stay hot against New York Mets starter Jonathon Niese and help the Marlins improve on the majors’ best home record Monday night.

Miami (16-15) has made up for its dismal 2-10 road mark by going 14-5 at Marlins Park, winning there for the eighth time in nine games with Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Baker’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth scored Adeiny Hechavarria with the winning run.

“We have a comfort level here,” Redmond said. “We seem to play with so much confidence in this ballpark, and you could just feel the…

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Marlins Welcome Padres After Dispensing Of Rockies

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A year after going 0-4 in the opening series of the year, the Miami Marlins are red hot winning three of four from the Colorado Rockies heading into the second series against the San Diego Padres.

The Marlins are being led once again by a strong young pitching corps, but unlike last year, the batting order is also putting up some solid offensive numbers.

Take Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton for example. Stanton struggled mightily through the first month of the 2013 season, but that can’t be said for the 2014 season.

Through the first four games of the year, Stanton has a hitting line of .375/.444/.688. He’s already hit a moon-shot home run and driven in seven runs on the young season.

Believe it or not, even though Stanton is off to a great start, he’s not leading the team in RBI’s. Third baseman Casey McGehee has…

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