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Jose Fernandez NL Player of Week (Again); Marlins release 1B Casey Kotchman

WASHINGTON -- For the second time in four weeks, Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez has been named co-N.L. Player of the Week. He shares the award with Cubs starterJeff Samardzija.

Fernandez won both his starts last week, defeating both the Dodgers and Rockies and holding the two teams to only one earned run over 13 combined innings in which he struck out 16.

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To say that the Marlins didn't get their money's worth out of veteran first baseman Casey Kotchman would be a gross understatement. Kotchman, who spent almost the entire season on the disabled list with a wide assortment of injuries, was recalled from his rehab assignment on Monday, activated from the DL, and released unceremoniously.

The Marlins signed Kotchman before the season for $700,000. It went downhill -- literally from day one -- from there. Kotchman cut his hand on a pop-up machine on the second day of spring training, pulled a hamstring the second game of the season, and returned to the DL with an oblique strain. He went 0 for 20 this season as a Marlin.

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