RHP Jacob Turner had lost in his only appearance against the Braves, but he redeemed himself Wednesday by allowing just two runs in seven innings. Turner, who started the season in the minors, has emerged as a standout with a 2.33 ERA. He has been particularly good at home, going 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA over seven career starts. He also hit his first career triple.
SS Adeiny Hechavarria extended his hit streak to 10 games Wednesday, matching his career high. He is hitting .436 during that span. Defensively, he had just four errors in his first 77 games but has three in the past 12.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi will be facing the Nationals for the first time when he takes the mound Friday. He has pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts, giving the Marlins good length. In seven career starts at Marlins Park, he is just 1-4 despite a stellar ERA of 2.34.
CF Marcell Ozuna has eight assists, third in the league behind Arizona's Gerardo Parra and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, who each have nine. Ozuna credits Hall of Famer Andre Dawson with helping him with his footwork and former Marlins reliever Jon Rauch for teaching him the right grip to promote accuracy in his throws. Ozuna also said a minor-league coach helped him by stressing the fundamentals -- such as hitting the cutoff man.
1B Greg Dobbs is being pursued in trades by teams looking for a left-handed pinch hitter. RHPs Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls are also being sought by teams who need bullpen help. Qualls and Dobbs are eligible for free agency after the season. Webb will be eligible for a pay increase through salary arbitration.
3B Placido Polanco had three RBIs on Wednesday against the Braves, the most he has had since he got four on June 10, 2011. At $2.75 million, he is the highest-paid player on the Marlins' roster. That means that the highest-paid Marlin makes less than the major-league average salary of $3.25 million. Polanco also makes less than the $4 million the Marlins are paying Arizona closer Heath Bell this season and next. Picking up that $8 million combined was the only way the Marlins could avoid paying Bell the $20 million he is owed through 2014. As for Polanco, the Marlins would likely trade him if they could find a taker.
OF Justin Ruggiano, who has hit 12 homers this season -- all on the road -- is reportedly being pursued by the Yankees and Red Sox in trades. Ruggiano's power off the bench would be a valuable commodity for teams in contention. He will be eligible for a pay increase through salary arbitration, and that's something the tight-fisted Marlins usually try to avoid.