July 11, 2014

Bovada says Stanton a 2-1 favorite to win Monday's HR Derby

Just got this email from Bovada in Las Vegas with the odds for Monday's Home Run Derby:

2014 Home Run Derby - Odds to Win     
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins - 2/1
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics - 5/1
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays - 5/1
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers - 6/1
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies - 13/2
Josh Donaldson, Athletics - 10/1
Adam Jones, Orioles - 12/1
Brian Dozier, Twins - 12/1
Todd Frazier, Reds - 12/1
Justin Morneau, Rockies - 15/1

July 10, 2014

Despite late Twitter push, McGehee doesn't win vote for final NL All-Star roster spot

NEW YORK -- The Marlins and their media relations staff hit the social network scene hard Thursday afternoon begging fans to help third baseman Casey McGehee rally and win the fan vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.

But alas, the #VoteHitsMcGehee tweets weren't enough. McGehee, who came into the day trailing heavily among the five players picked for the final vote, didn't get the nod. 

The final spots on the 34-man All-Star rosters for each league went to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (8.8 million votes) and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (6.7 million votes). Rizzo attended Douglas High in Broward County. Sale grew up in Lakeland, Fla. and attended Florida Gulf Coast University.

According to MLB.com, over the final six hours of voting up until 4 p.m., tweets using the designated hashtag of each candidate were counted as part of each player's final vote tally. Balloting had begun Sunday night with the presentation of the five nominees per league by All-Star managers John Farrell of the Red Sox and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.

According to MLB.com's voting map, which actually color-coded every county in the country and awarded it based on the votes received there, Morneau earned an overwhelming 68.6 percent of the tweet vote nationally. McGehee finished fourth in the NL in the tweet vote with 4.9 percent.

McGehee, who leads the NL in hits and average with runners in scoring position, could still make the All-Star team as an injury replacement.

ESPN's Ozzie Guillen, John Kruk talk Stanton, Home Run Derby

NEW YORK -- Ozzie Guillen was only a couple months into his managerial career with the Marlins in 2012 when he told reporters he worried Giancarlo Stanton might actually kill somebody one day -- a pitcher or third baseman -- with one of the laser-shots that come flying off his bat.

Guillen, now working for ESPN and set to broadcast Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field in Spanish for ESPNDeportes, upgraded his prediction on Thursday to include shortstops, too.

"I don't want to know how many Giancarlo is going to hit. I want to see how far he's going to hit one," Guillen said during a teleconference with reporters Thursday to preview Monday's derby. "That's what I'm waiting for."

Guillen, who managed Stanton the first time he made the All-Star team but didn't go because he had to have knee surgery, said he's been impressed with what he has seen from Stanton from afar over the last two years particularly this season with Casey McGehee, Marcel Ozuna and others providing more protection in the lineup.

"He's matured a lot," Guillen said. "He's learning how to hit. Besides that, I think there's a little more protection now for him than when I was managing him. This kid is still learning the process of the strike zone. But this kid is so powerful even when he makes a mistake hitting he still hits the ball hard.

"If he learns how to strike out less and he learns what it takes not to chase bad pitches, little by little he's going to become one of the superstars in the game."

Like Guillen, ESPN analyst John Kruk, who was also on the conference call, said Stanton is the player he is most looking forward to seeing in the derby Monday. Guillen said he's never seen a batter in the game  hit the ball as hard as Stanton does. Asked for a comparison to a previous great who hit the ball nearly as hard, Kruk could only come up with former Marlin Gary Sheffield as a distant comparison.

"Gary was a guy who hit the ball hard like that too, but he's not as big as Giancarlo," Kruk said. "Giancarlo is a tight end. He looks like Tony Gonzalez. He's built like Tony Gonzalez. He's just a huge man."

For as little attention as the Marlins receive nationally -- except when one of Stanton's mammoth blasts makes SportsCenter -- Monday night might be the first real opportunity many baseball fans get a real glimpse of Stanton up close and personal.

Although the Marlins have repeatedly said they are not shopping Stanton and are interested in signing him long term, a big night at the Home Run Derby and a complete, healthy MVP-caliber season this year is only going to continue to raise his trade stock and asking price.

I asked both analysts what they thought Stanton, who leads the National League in home runs and RBI, could net the Marlins right now if they wanted to trade him.

"Well, what it's going to take probably is a No. 1 starter and I don't think teams are ready to give up a No. 1 starter for a right fielder," Kruk said. "It can't be a No. 3 and a minor league prospect. It's going to take a No. 1. Hypothetical, if the Dodgers called and all of their outfielders were hurt again and they wanted Giancarlo, it would take someone like a Zack Grienke; not a Kershaw. But a Grienke and a a top prospect or two to get some one like him."

Said Guillen: "I think whoever they're going to make the trade with it wouldn't be for a top minor leaguer. It has to be a guy that's on the big league roster helping the team, playing everyday. I'm not saying they should trade him to New York or whatever. But if this kid played in New York or Boston or Texas he would be healthier, he would produce more. Marlins Park is so huge. If he got traded to one of those places he might hit 70 [homers]. Like John said, to make a trade, I don't think anybody is prepared to make a trade with the Marlins because they could get a lot of good players for him."

July 09, 2014

Marcell Ozuna homer was a Marlins first; Brad Penny update

PHOENIX -- Greetings from the desert, where the Marlins will wrap up their series with Arizona this afternoon (3:40 p.m. EST). In case you missed it, Marcell Ozuna came through for the Marlins in a big way in last night's ninth inning, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with one swing of the bat.

Ozuna connected on Addison Reed's 2-2 fastball with two outs in the ninth to put the Marlins on top.

It marked the first time in Marlins history that a player hit a home run to give the team the lead after being out out away from a shutout loss. Ozuna also became the first player to drive in the game-tying and game-winning runs on a two-strike, two-out home run in the 9th since Mike Lowell did it June 28, 2003, at Boston's Fenway Park. Lowell hit a 3-run homer to overcome a 9-7 deficit.

Ozuna now has 15 homers, owns a 14-game hitting streak, and has the 10th-best WAR (wins above replacement) figure in the National League.

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Following a successful outing Tuesday for Single A Jupiter, the Marlins are sending Brad Penny to Triple A New Orleans for his next start on Sunday.

Penny, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012, went six innings in what was his second start for Jupiter. He allowed two runs on three hits, striking out two and issuing no walks.

The plan calls for Penny to make at least two starts for New Orleans before the Marlins decide whether to bring him up. Penny has a July 31 out clause in his minor league contract that allows him to sign with another organization if he isn’t on the Marlins’ roster by then.

At the moment, the Marlins have only four starters on the roster and don't need a fifth until July 22. If Penny continues on a normal pitching schedule, he could be available to the Marlins on July 23.

July 08, 2014

Stanton: Cespedes one to beat in HR Derby

PHOENIX -- While many are picking Giancarlo Stanton to win the Home Run Derby, Stanton said he feels Yoenis Cespedes of the A's is the one to beat.

"He won last year, so I'd say him," Stanton said of Cespedes, who will be attempting to become the first back-to-back winner of the home run competition since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.

The field for Monday's Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis was announced Tuesday. In addition to Stanton, the National League field will include the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Reds' Todd Frazier and Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, who is the team captainOver on the American League side, the lineup consists of Cespedes, the Orioles' Adam Jones, Twins' Brian Dozier and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.

One more player from each league will be added to the Derby field on Thursday.

Most of the national focus for the event appears to be focused on Stanton.

"If I didn't get this guy to participate, I'd be in trouble," Tulowitzki said of Stanton on ESPN.

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A few notes:

-- A.J. Ramos (right shoulder inflammationis expected to throw bullpens on Tuesday and Thursday and, if everything goes well, will pitch Monday, most likely in Jupiter. Ramos is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, but Redmond said the Marlins will probably wait until after the All-Star break to activate him.

-- Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) is beginning to jog again.

-- All-Star talk aside, Casey McGehee is on a roll at the plate. He takes a 14-game hitting streak into tonight's game against the Diamondbacks. His 21-game road hitting streak ranks second on the Marlins' all-time list behind Luis Castillo's 27-gamer in 2002. And he's reached base in 31 consecutive games, which is the third-longest streak this season by a National Leaguer, behind only Carlos Gomez (35 games) and Puig (33).

July 06, 2014

Stanton an angry All-Star after McGehee snub

ST. LOUIS --Giancarlo Stanton is not only going to his first All-Star Game and taking part in the Home Run Derby, but was informed by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny that he'll be in the starting lineup as the National League designated hitter.

Despite all that, Stanton was not a happy man Sunday.

The reason? He's the only Marlin picked for the N.L. team. Neither Casey McGehee nor Henderson Alvarez, two players some felt were deserving of an All-Star spot, were picked by either the fans, players or Matheny to be on the team.

"I'm pretty mad," Stanton said. "It still doesn't make any sense. I know people get gypped every year from it. But this is my first case of being together and seeing the dominance that (McGehee) has been."

Fans voted the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez to be the N.L.'s starting third baseman while the Reds' Todd Frazier was picked by the players as the reserve third baseman.

But what is likely to irk Marlins fans is that Matheny used one of the picks available to him on Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, who has not had as strong of a season statistically as McGehee has had. Matheny sought out McGehee during pre-game batting practice Sunday and explained his decision.

"He just said it was a tough decision and he had to go in a different direction with it," McGehee said of his conversation with Matheny. "I'm sure it's a lot harder decision to make when you're the one that actually has to put your name on it. So I can respect that. And I did truly appreciate him coming over. I could tell he was genuine in what he was saying. That meant a lot to me."

There is still an outside shot McGehee makes the team. He is one of five players on the "Final Vote" ballot. Whoever receives the most votes by fans in the online voting at MLB.com will win the 34th -- and last roster spot. But given how poorly the Marlins' third baseman fared in the general voting for the All-Star Game (he finished fifth in the voting for third basemen) it's hard to envision him coming out on top for the final spot.

"He shouldn't have to hope for the last spot," Stanton said. "It's not something he needs to promote himself to get there now. It's something that shouldn't be an unfair situation. If you perform the best, you should be there."

McGehee, who had a pair of singles and walked twice on Sunday, leads the league in hits and hitting with runners in scoring position. He also leads N.L. third basemen in RBI and batting average. But he's also hit just one home run, and his WAR (wins above replacement) ranks fifth among N.L third basemen.

Not even Stanton, who has had arguably one of the top first halves of any player in the majors, received enough support in the fan voting to receive the start as one of the N.L.'s three outfielders. He finished fourth in the voting.

But Stanton said Matheny told him he would be in the lineup as the DH.

"Starting is starting," Stanton said.
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Mike Redmond was never an All-Star as a player. But thanks to Stanton, he’ll get a taste of the All-Star experience next week in Minneapolis. Stanton chose Redmond to pitch to him in the Home Run Derby.

Redmond normally throws batting practice to Stanton.

"I was honored when he came and asked me," Redmond said. "Of course I want to be there."
Redmond, a catcher throughout his major league career, laughed when it was mentioned he would be going to his first All-Star game as a pitcher.

"I know when I retired, I didn't think I ever had a vision of throwing batting practice to someone in the Home Run Derby," he said. "I'm going to enjoy the experience as much as anybody else. I'm going to have my kids and wife there."

Stanton said he chose Redmond because of his familiarity with him.

“I didn’t want it to be someone I know is good but I haven’t hit off them in 3 1/2 months. I don’t like that," Stanton said.

Stanton said he also considered having his father pitch to him.

“I thought about that, too,” he said. “But I haven’t hit off him forever, and I don’t know if he would be nervous doing that.”

The last time Stanton competed in a Home Run Derby was as a minor-leaguer in 2008, and he lost to a prospect named Michael Burgess. While Stanton blossomed into one of the top sluggers in the majors, Burgess remains at the Single A level in the Orioles’ organization.
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July 05, 2014

Andrew Heaney demoted to minors after rough outing Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals had Andrew Heaney seeing red on Saturday, blistering the rookie to the tune of five runs - including back-to-back homers -- in only 3 2/3 innings. Afterward, Heaney was seeing pink -- as in a pink slip.

Following yet another disappointing outing by the young lefty, the Marlins demoted Heaney back to Triple A New Orleans.

"I'm not going to feel sorry for myself," Heaney said after receiving the news. "I'm going to try to get better. I want to be back up here. I have stuff I need to work on. That wasn't the best me I can be."

In four starts, Heaney went 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA.

Had the Marlins not rallied for the win Saturday, he would have become the first pitcher in Marlins history to lose his first four major league starts.

"This guy was in (Single A) Jupiter last year," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Heaney, the Marlins' first-round draft pick in 2012. "We want to make sure he's confident and right."

Redmond said that with an off day coming up on Thursday, the plan was to skip Heaney's next turn in the rotation, anyway. Now, the Marlins plan on getting to the All-Star break with four starters, as Tom Koehler is set to rejoin the team on Monday in Arizona following the birth of his first child.

Heaney struggled to throw strikes Saturday, walking three batters in the first two innings while hitting another with a pitch. But he suffered major damage in the fourth when he gave up four runs, all of them scored with two outs.

One pitch after Allen Craig took him deep for a two-run homer, Jhonny Peralta followed with a solo shot that caromed high up the foul pole in left. Despite the poor showings, Redmond said he is confident Heaney will turn out to be a top pitcher in the majors.

"He's going to be a great pitcher in this league for a long time," Redmond said. "He's got great stuff. He just faced probably two of the best teams in baseball (the Cardinals and Oakland A's). It was a great learning experience. He knows he can pitch up here. Are there areas he needs to work on? Of course. You can say that about a lot of guys."

-- Heaney didn't travel alone on his way back to New Orleans. The Marlins also optioned outfielder Jake Marisnick on Saturday in order to make room for sJhortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who will be activated from the disabled list in time to play Sunday in St. Louis.

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Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch for the 130th time on Friday, moving him into 26th place on the all-time list. Though Johnson is far behind the major league record of 285, held by Craig Biggio, his frequency of being plunked ranks near the top of the list.

On average, Johnson has been hit by a pitch once in every 29.92 plate appearances over his career. Of players who have been hit by pitches at least 130 times, only Ron Hunt was hit by pitches more frequently -- once in every 25.34 pitches. By comparison, Biggio was hit about once in every 44 pitches.

While Johnson stands close to the plate, he also said his opposite-field hitting approach has as much to do with getting hit by pitches as anything else.

“My approach and what I’m trying to do at the plate, other teams know that, and they’re going to try to pitch me in a lot,” Johnson said. “It’s the approach of staying on the ball and trying to keep that front shoulder in as long as you can. I think Biggio was the same way. You look at it, and it’s all guys who hit the ball the other way.”

July 04, 2014

Tyler Kolek loses, Blake Anderson hitless, and more on the Marlins' top draft picks

ST. LOUIS -- It's far too soon to be drawing any conclusions on the Marlins' draft picks. But their two top selections -- pitcher Tyler Kolek and catcher Blake Anderson -- have stumbled out of the starting gate in the Gulf Coast League.

Kolek, the second overall pick in the June amateur draft, made his second start for the Gulf Coast League Marlins Saturday and took the loss, allowing a pair of runs over two innings. Without knowing whether the Marlins are having the gas-throwing Texas work on his other pitches, it's still surprising that Kolek -- he of the 102-mile-per-hour heater -- has struck out only two batters in four innings of work so far.

Anderson, meanwhile, is hitless in 21 at bats. The Marlins surprised draft experts when they used their competitive balance pick (36th overall) on Anderson, who wasn't on Baseball America's Top 200 list of draft prospects. But the word on Anderson when they took him was that his defense was ahead of his bat.

Not all of the Marlins' top selections are struggling. Shortstop Justin Twine, the Marlins' second-rounder, has gone 12-for-35 (.343) in the GCL, and second baseman Brian Anderson, their third-rounder, is hitting .316 (12 for 38 with a pair of homers) for Batavia.

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July 03, 2014

All-Star invite or not, McGehee said he's not just changing his approach at the plate

The deadline for fans to vote for the All-Star Game is 11:59 p.m. tonight, and barring some ballot-stuffing that hasn't been seen before Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is going to need the support of his peers in the player vote to earn a trip to the midsummer classic.

Statistically, McGehee has as strong an argument as any Marlin not named Giancarlo Stanton to earn an invite to Minneapolis July 15. He entered the series finale against the Phillies Thursday third in the National League in hits (100), tied for seventh in RBI (49) and hitting a NL-best .398 with runners in scoring position. 

The last Marlin to have at least 100 hits 84 games into the season was Hanley Ramirez back in 2009. Ramirez, selected by the fans as a starter that season, also had 14 homers at the break.

And that's a number not lost on McGehee. He knows if he had more than one home run through his first 84 games he'd probably would have been much more on the radar of fans.

"That's the cool number kids, anybody voting likes to see. I get it from that standpoint," McGehee said. "But my job isn't to make All-Star teams. My job is to try to help this team win. Like any sport, there are guys that try to do the small things to help their team and make a big difference.

"For me to be back in the big leagues is rewarding enough as it is. If in December when I signed you had asked anybody if I'd be having this conversation -- myself included -- I wouldn't have taken the bet. Just to be in the conversation it means a lot to me. I couldn't ask for a better start to the season.  Make it or not [to the All-Star Game], it's not going to change my approach and what I try to accomplish the second half of the season."

How many more homers does McGehee think he would have if he wasn't playing the majority of his games in spacious Marlins Park? Eight or nine, he said.

"I think there are some ballparks where they would get out and other where they were borderline homers, but it's not where we're playing," McGehee continued. "Honestly I have no complaints about the ballpark because I love playing here. For my game it works well for me. It's fast. The outfield is big. Infield is pretty fast. So you get rewarded for hitting the ball hard. That's all you can do as a hitter anyway. Sometimes you go in places like Philly and the outfielders are bunched up on each other and the spacing gets small real quick. There's definitely positives to hitting in a ballpark like this."

McGehee said hitting few homers in the first half of the season are nothing new for him. He said in the minors it happened to him all the time. "I'd go into the All-Star Break with two and I'd finish up with 10 or 12 or whatever," he said.

"I know people like to talk about it and these guys like to give me a hard time about it especially since I've had years where I hit 23 or whatever it was. But to have only one at this point, it really doesn't bother me," McGehee said. "Me and [hitting coach] Frank [Menechino] talked about not trying to hit home runs -- especially in this ballpark. That's one thing I feel like I've done a good job, being consistent not trying to come off my approach even on the road. I think that's helped me to this point being a little more consistent. The trick is going to be trying to continue that."

What has made McGehee happy are moments like the one in the fifth inning Tuesday. With a runner on second, the score tied at 2 and first base open with one out, the Phillies elected to pitch Giancarlo Stanton instead of intentionally walking him to face McGehee. Stanton, who leads the National League with 15 intentional walks, drove in the go-ahead run. 

"It makes me feel like I've helped him a little bit," McGehee said. "By no means do I deserve any of the credit for what he's done. But just the more opportunities he gets the better off we are as a team. To me, that's gratifying enough."

BABY WATCH CONTINUES

The baby watch continued well into the afternoon Thursday for Tom Koehler and his wife Ashley, manager Mike Redmond said. 

"I remember when my wife had our first. We sat there forever and she ended up having a c-section," Redmond said. "So they're in the process of it, but still a ways away. I would expect it to happen today. It's just a matter of what time."

Redmond said Koehler, who went on the paternity list after tossing six scoreless innings and picking up the win against the Phillies Wednesday, is still in line to pitch for the Marlins Monday in Arizona.

Redmond said the reason he pulled Koehler after six innings and 91 pitches Wednesday because "I wanted him to finish that game on a positive note."

"I think the last couple times we've asked him to do more it's been a struggle for him," Redmond said. "They had three or four lefties coming up and it was a good fit for Dunn. I like that matchup better than if we have him go out there and grind it out if he walks a guy or gives up a hit."

> Reliever Carter Capps, who has been on the disabled list since May 27 with a right elbow sprain, will start throwing again in the next couple days, Redmond said.

> The Marlins were able to outright outfielder Brent Keys back to Double A Jacksonville after they designated him for assignment Monday to make room on the 40-man roster after trading for left-hander Donnie Joseph.

THURSDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (41-43): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Ed Lucas SS, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 7. Marcell Ozuna CF, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Brad Hand LHP.

> Phillies (36-48): 1. Ben Revere CF, 2. Jimmy Rollins SS, 3. Chase Utley 2B, 4. Ryan Howard 1B, 5. Marlon Byrd RF, 6. Cesar Hernandez 3B, 7. Aaron Altherr LF, 8. Cameron Rupp C, 9. Kyle Kendrick RHP.

July 02, 2014

Redmond hoping Hand can lock down fifth spot in Marlins' rotation

Brad Hand is getting another shot at earning a spot in the Marlins rotation.

Back with the team on Wednesday following six minor league starts on rehab assignment, the left-hander will start Thursday in the final home game for the Marlins before a nine-game road trip precedes the All-Star break.

How long Hand remains in the rotation, manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday, "really is up to him."

"We'll see how it goes right?" Redmond said. "We've tried some different guys. It's an opportunity for somebody to run with it. I would love for Brad Hand to step in there and pitch great and be the guy for the rest of the season. That would be outstanding. That would make things a lot easier for all of us."

The Marlins, who rank 12th in the National League in starter's ERA (4.03), have used 10 different starting pitchers through the first half of the season. That's tied for second-most in the NL with the Padres and two fewer than the Rockies. Part of that was losing ace Jose Fernandez for the season. The other part: injuries and struggles by Jacob Turner, who is now the team's long reliever.

Hand, who began the season with the Marlins as a long reliever, was 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA and awful 1.792 WHIP in 16 appearances before he sprained his right ankle back on May 24. He made two starts earlier in the year when Turner was on the disabled list. Hand didn't do very well in either start posting a combined 11.37 ERA and not getting beyond the fourth inning in either appearance, both Marlins losses.

He did pitch well, though, during his rehab assignment going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts with 22 strikeouts and nine walks for Triple A New Orleans.

"It was nice to go down there, get some innings in and make everything comfortable again," said Hand, who in 17 career big league starts is 1-11 with a 5.38 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 47 walks. "When you're a starter you're on a routine. You get a feel for certain pitches. This [season] was the first time I threw out of the bullpen. There's a learning period."

> Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is due to come off the disabled list on Sunday and the hope is he'll be ready then. But if he isn't, the Marlins aren't going to rush him, Redmond said.

Hechavarria, who has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a right triceps strain, fielded grounders and threw to first base pre-game on Tuesday and said his arm felt fine afterward. He'll do the same on Thursday and take swings. If there are no setbacks, Redmond said, Hechavarria will begin a rehab assignment Friday in Jupiter.

> First baseman Justin Bour, called up Wednesday to take the spot of reliever A.J. Ramos on the roster, has been logging some serious airline miles over the past month. Since making his big league debut June 4, he's been optioned back and forth from Triple A New Orleans twice.

"There hasn't been much time to settle down," Bour said. "But I'm not complaining. This last trip I went from Miami to Nashville for two days, New Orleans for one day and then I got taken out of the lineup and sent back here. I'd have quite a few [airline points] this last month."

But the Marlins get those.

> Ed Lucas, who had the walk-off, game-winning hit in Wednesday's 11-inning win over the Phillies, said he received a tweet from the fan who ended up with the ball he hit.

"He said it was flipped to him," Lucas said. "He's keeping it. I've got [the baseballs] for all my firsts. So I'll remember that one."

> Tom Koehler's baby watch continues.

His wife is due to deliver their first child on Saturday. But as Redmond said Wednesday: "I know that baby is ready. Hopefully it comes around 11 or 12 o'clock tonight. Let Tommy go out there and throw a complete game first."

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (40-43): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Ed Lucas SS, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Marcell Ozuna CF, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 7. Jeff Baker 1B, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Tom Koehler RHP.

> Phillies (36-47): 1. Ben Revere CF, 2. Jimmy Rollins SS, 3. Chase Utley 2B, 3. Marlon Byrd RF, 5. Ryan Howard 1B, 6. John Mayberry Jr. LF, 7. Cody Asche 3B, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Cole Hamels LHP.