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Marlins win the lottery

ATLANTA -- The Marlins came out winners on Wednesday without ever stepping on the field, as their name was the first drawn in the Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 Major League Draft.

As a result, they’ll have the first selection in Competitive Balance Round A, which immediately follows the first round of the draft.

Compensatory picks are the only draft picks that can be traded, and the Marlins did exactly that earlier this year when they dealt one of their two picks to Pittsburgh for reliever Bryan Morris.

Only franchises that are located in one of the 10 smallest major league markets or have one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to participate in the lottery to determine the order for those compensatory picks.

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Steve Cishek doesn’t have the quickest delivery. And he isn’t one to overly concern himself with base runners, preferring instead to focus most of his attention on the hitter.

But when the Braves put the tying run aboard with no outs in Tuesday’s ninth inning and sent in speedy Jordan Schafer as a pinch-runner, Cishek became especially attentive.

In an effort to hold the runner close, Cishek threw over to first four times. When Cishek finally delivered to the plate, Schafer took off and was thrown out by Jeff Mathis. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria assisted, picking Mathis’ one-hopper and tagging Schafer just before his hand could get to the bag. Cishek then retired the next two batters to preserve a 6-5 win.

“We knew he was running,” said manager Mike Redmond. “So we at least bought ourselves a half a step (by holding Schafer with repeated throws), which night have been enough to get him.”

Braves fans booed as Cishek kept throwing to first.

“I think it’s kind of comical,” Cishek said of the booing. “It’s like, ‘Boo, how dare you hold the runner.’ (And I’m supposed to think) oh, you booed me. I better throw it home now?”

-- For the first time in his career, Cishek posted a save in three consecutive games.
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Donovan Solano stepped to the plate in the eighth inning Tuesday with a chance to become only the 15th player in Marlins history to register a 5-hit game. But he ended up walking on five pitches.

Asked if he thought the pitcher was trying to pitch around him, Solano laughed, noting that Giancarlo Stanton was on deck.

“I don’t think so,” Solano said, rolling his eyes.

The last Marlin to tally five hits in a game was Stanton in August of 2010.
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Henderson Alvarez is good to go for Thursday's scheduled start after being struck in the leg by a batted ball in his previous outing.

Though Alvarez doesn't throw bullpens between his starts like most pitchers, Redmond said he is certain Alvarez is feeling just fine. The reason?

"I saw him out there trying to rob homers during batting practice, so I took that as full green. He's good to go," Redmond said.

Alvarez has had a number of injuries over the course of the season that seemed bigger at the time but always turned out to be not-so-bad.

"I remember Brad Penny back in the day always had something wrong with him, too," Redmond said. "Those were the days you were always excited because you said, 'Man, he's going to have a big day today.' He was either throwing up, or sick as he's ever been. But he always went out and pitched well."

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Speaking of Penny, he was hit around pretty good earlier today in Iowa, giving up eight runs (only three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Penny had pitched well in his two previous starts for Triple A New Orleans.

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