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MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH
Rookie outfielder Christian Yelich is showing encouraging signs of adjusting to major league pitching.
Yelich went 14-for-32 on the Marlins' recent road trip. He was batting .252 when the road trip started Aug. 27. He will take a .288 batting average into Miami's homestand that starts Sept. 5.
"He continues to get more and more confident," manager Mike Redmond said. "They're bringing in a lot of lefties against him, but he's been having good at-bats. You're starting to see the results of him facing those lefties. He's starting to get some hits now."
Yelich, 21, recorded five multi-hit games on the trip.
He hit .216 in nine games in July after getting called up from Double-A Jacksonville. He batted .275 in 27 games in August and he is batting .529 (9-for-17) over his first four games in September.
A left-handed hitter, Yelich is batting .203 against left-handers and .343 against right-handers.
"He gives us a great at-bat every time," Redmond said. "He's a great young player and is going to be a great player in the big leagues for a long time."
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Nationals (Dan Haren, 8-12, 5.02) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez, 10-6, 2.33)
--1B Jordan Brown was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Brown batted .200 in 15 at-bats over 14 games with the Marlins this season.
--LHP Brian Flynn was disappointed that his major league debut didn't work out quite as planned. "I was (looking forward) to this day for a while and you'd like to have your best stuff," he said. "I was definitely not as sharp or as crisp." Flynn worked four innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits -- including two home runs. He struck out two and walked three. "It was kind of a letdown for me," he said. Flynn was the ninth pitcher in Miami history to make his major league debut against the Cubs, but just the third to do so at Wrigley Field. He also recorded his first big league hit -- a fifth inning single to center field.
--RF Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with two runs scored but performances took a back seat in the sixth inning when his bat flew into the stands after a swing and struck a child. "Thank goodness he's all right," Stanton said. "Because the way his dad carried him out it looked like the worst." According to one report, the child was struck in the jaw, but the family returned to their seats later in the game. Stanton said he'd check on the child to make sure all is well. "He has my bat and I'll give him a (call) a little later."
--SS Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-4 with his second career grand slam, a sixth inning shot that gave the Marlins a temporary 6-3 lead. It was his second career grand slam after one May 5 at Philadelphia. Hechavarria also collected a career high-tying three hits for this sixth time.
--LF Christian Yelich went 1-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to six games with a seventh inning single. He's batting .480 in that span and .288 through 40 games this season.
--RHP Jose Fernandez (10-6, 2.33 ERA) takes the mound as the Marlins open a three-game set against the Nationals. He's 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 13 starts at home and one of three rookies in major league history to go unbeaten in a season (minimum of 10 starts). He's held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts, going 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA in those outings. He also has 74 strikeouts and just 16 walks in that span.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Flynn was a little bit wild in the zone. They got some decent hitter counts and got a couple of runs off him. And last night the bullpen came in and it was lights out. Today it didn't happen." -- Manager Mike Redmond on LHP Brian Flynn after a 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Kevin Slowey (strained right flexor) went on the 15-day disabled list July 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1.
--OF Marcell Ozuna (torn ligament and avulsion fracture in left thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 19. He had surgery July 26.
--RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 23.
--LF Matt Diaz (left knee bone contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4.
--RHP Jose Ceda (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31 after suffering a setback in spring training. He pitched July 21-27 on a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter before he was shut down again.
--OF Alfredo Silverio (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31. He underwent a second Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Tom Koehler
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Dan Jennings
RHP Sam Dyson
LHP Zach Phillips
RHP Chris Hatcher
LHP Brian Flynn
LHP Brad Hand
RHP Arquimedes Caminero
1B Logan Morrison
2B Donovan Solano
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Placido Polanco
INF Ed Lucas
INF Greg Dobbs
LF Juan Pierre
CF Justin Ruggiano
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Christian Yelich
OF Jake Marisnick
OF Chris Coghlan