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July 17, 2013

Colin Moran hits HR in first pro at bat

      Colin Moran made an instant splash in his pro debut tonight for Single A Greensboro. The Marlins' top draft pick homered in his very first at bat for the Grasshoppers.

       Moran's solo shot was hit to right.

       Not a bad way to debut for the third baseman out of North Carolina, who could make his way to the big club by the end of next season if everything works out just right.

       Moran flied to center in his second at bat and grounded to short in his third.

Posey, Davis among the many impressed by Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez

NEW YORK -- The guy who caught his perfect sixth inning of work was last year's National League MVP.

The last guy he struck out might be this year's American League MVP.

Count Giants catcher Buster Posey and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis as two guys at the forefront utterly impressed by 20-year old Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez and his history-making sixth-inning performance at Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

"He's really impressive -- especially for the situation," said Posey, who caught Fernandez in the sixth. "You figured there would be a lot of nerves and excitement. But he showed great poise and obviously the stuff speaks for itself."

Fernandez sandwiched strikeouts of former MVP Dustin Pedroia and Davis, the current major league home run leader, around getting Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop out to first.

Fernandez's strikeouts came on a 96-mile per hour two-seamer at the knees against Pedroia and then a nasty curveball in the dirt against Davis, who slugged 37 homers in the first half of the season.

"He was dirty man," Davis said. "He threw me that curveball to start off the at-bat. It looked like a heater coming in and then it just disappeared. Then he finished me off with it.

"Knowing where he came from and where he's at, he's got a very high ceiling. He's a guy I'm glad I don't have to see on a regular basis.

Fernandez called the experience "neat, very nice."

Fernandez hit 98 miles per hour three times on the radar gun against Cabrera, a former Marlin.

"I'm proud of how I went out there and didn't try to over-do anything," he said. "The result was fine, it was good. I think adrenaline just carried me a little. Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in the game. It was incredible to face those guys and get them out."

Fernandez's performance was interrupted at times on television by an interview FOX was conducting with Pirates closer Jason Grilli. Fernandez was unaware of that -- and what his teammates and family and friends were saying about him because after the game his cell phone was dead.

"I'm sure I missed a lot," Fernandez said. "But I can't wait to get back home and see my teammates, see my family. My teammates said they were going to watch me. This is for the Marlins, for the city of Miami."