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Stanton fourth among outfielders in first All-Star voting results; Heaney shines again

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's almost certain Giancarlo Stanton is going to get selected to the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July. The only question now is if he'll be selected as a starter by the fans or picked as a reserve.

Wednesday, the first All-Star voting results were released by Major League Baseball and Stanton was ranked fourth among all National League outfielders with 426,228 votes. The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon (549,394 votes), the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (467,378) and Brewers' Ryan Braun (446,780) are ahead of Stanton for the three starting spots selected by the fans.

Stanton, who leads the National League in homers (15) and major league baseball with 49 RBI, ranks seventh overall in the National League in votes. He's also the only Marlin listed among the top vote-getters by position. 

"He's been great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday. "Spring training was big for him. You could tell he was a new man. He was energized with the moves we made. He's doing great. He's happy He's gotten some huge hits for us including [Monday's] game. It's been fun to watch him go out there and run around. You can tell he feels healthy, everything is going good. He's in a good place right now and that's good for us."

HEANEY SHINES AGAIN

Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney had another stellar start Tuesday night for Triple A New Orleans, tossing six scoreless innings of one-hit ball in a rain-shorted win at Round Rock.

Heaney (1-0) struck out seven without walking a batter and threw 55 of his 78 pitches for strikes. At one point he retired 16 in a row. 

"[My command]'s been a big help lately," Heaney told MiLB.com. "I've really put a lot of emphasis on pounding the strike zone lately. You don't ever want to give up walks, but I've been working to not give in on 3-1 or 3-2. I want to make guys beat me. You try and stay out of deep counts, but they are going to happen sometimes. It's OK to let them beat me, but not beat myself."

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (27-25): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Derek Dietrich 2B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 7. Marcell Ozuna CF, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Henderson Alvarez RHP.

> Nationals (25-26): 1. Denard Span CF, 2. Anthony Rendon 3B, 3. Jayson Werth RF, 4. Adam LaRoche 1B, 5. Wilson Ramos C, 6. Ian Desmond SS, 7. Kevin Frandsen 2B, 8. Nate McLouth LF, 9. Jordan Zimmerman RHP.

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A Realist

No surprise that Heaney is continuing to put up impressive numbers in the minors. It must really irk Loria because the pressure to bring the kid up is mounting by the day.

On another point, I see people write on here all the time they don't see or expect Heaney to become another Fernandez. I don't understand that. This kid is as dominant as Jose was in the minors. Also, he's a lefty, which makes him even more difficult to face. I know no one wants to put that kind of pressure on Andrew, but he was rated as one of the top 10 prospects in baseball. With that kind of respect there is no reason we shouldn't expect to have two aces at the top of the rotation come 2015 (mid 2015 for Jose).

Ed

The Marlins are poised to select another top of the rotation guy in the major league draft next month. We'll have Fernandez, Heaney and hopefully Carlos Rodon.

Cleveland Spider

Wow what has happened to Alvarez? We cannot afford to lose him.

The Marlins need to bring in Cishek for a two inning save if they have the lead in the 8th. Yes Redmon, Cishek will get to rest for tomorrow; so have some guts and don't fool around in this game. We cannot give up games.

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