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Jose Fernandez takes dip in Coors Field home run fountain

DENVER -- Jose Fernandez made himself at home in his first visit to Coors Field. Not only did Fernandez take care of the Rockies on Tuesday in another strong performance by the rookie All-Star, Fernandez said he also took advantage of the surroundings at Coors -- specifically, the home run fountain in center.

""The first day, I go back there behind center field and that thing back there -- that little pool back there -- I went in the water, and the water was nice and cool," Fernandez said. "So it was pretty fun. It was pretty nice. I'm going to do it. Why not?"

Fernandez took the mound for the first time since his All-Star outing last week and improved to 6-5, holding the Rockies to a pair of runs while striking out eight over seven innings. He gave up a solo homer to Todd Helton in the second, but very little else.

Fernandez, of course, was not the star of the game for the Marlins. Christian Yelich, making his major league debut, singled in each of his first three at bats and tied a franchise record by becoming only the third Marlins to have three hits in his first career game. The others: Mike Redmond in 1998 and Giancarlo Stanton (then known as Mike) in 2010.

Afterward, Redmond joked that he feared Yelich might break his record.

"I actually got a little bit nervous there, because I was 3 for 3 with a home run in my major league debut," Redmond said, tongue in cheek. "When he got that third hit, I thought, 'Man, there's no way this guy can top me.' I thought about maybe taking him out of the game."

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Marcell Ozuna, who was optioned following Monday's game to create roster space for Yelich and Jake Marisnick, will see a hand specialist in Miami on Wednesday. Ozuna jammed his left thumb while making a diving catch, and there is a good chance he'll end up on the disabled list. If so, he will continue to accrue big-league service time, and that's important for this reason: he could reach "Super Two" status and become eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season. Had he spent the remainder of the season in the minors, the date for his first big pay bump would have likely been pushed back until after 2016.

As it stands, Derek Dietrich, who was also optioned to Double A Jacksonville, will now likely have to wait until after '16 to become arbitration-eligible, even if he is brought back in September.

 

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