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MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH
Rookie Jose Fernandez said he won't show up another team again like he did to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday after hitting a home run. But he said he won't tone down his enthusiasm on the field, either.
"I'm going to keep being who I am," Fernandez said. "That's what got me here. It was a little mistake. I talked to some of the players I needed to apologize to. I think everything is good. I'm going to keep doing what I do, and hopefully, I get better."
The Braves thought Fernandez hot-dogged by admiring his home run. When Fernandez crossed home plate, he started talking to Braves catcher Brian McCann and both benches cleared.
Fernandez said he apologized to Braves players.
"For sure, I can promise 120 percent that will never ever happen again," he said. "No matter what happens in the game, I'll never show anybody up. To me that's embarrassing."
Manager Mike Redmond caught heat from analysts and internet critics for admonishing Fernandez for his antics, saying he "ruined the night" in his last start.
"Everybody has their opinion and if you're only watching two clips of that game than I can see how they can say whatever they want," Redmond said. "I think the important thing is we're a young team, 30 games under, we're teaching guys to respect the game and play the game the right way. That's a teaching moment, learning moment for Jose. I know he understands where I'm coming from and where his teammates are coming from and that's it."
Before Miami's 6-1 loss in the series finale Thursday, Redmond said he hoped the focus on Fernandez would now shift to the pitcher's bid to win the National League Rookie of the Year award.
"He's a young kid and he's going to be one of the top pitchers in this league for a long time. You want your pitchers and players to be judged for the way they pitch and the way they compete, not the theatrics," Redmond said. "Unfortunately for him, what gets overshadowed by last night is the year that he's had and how dominant he's really gone out there and pitched. We should be talking about him for rookie of the year. For me he is. We should be talking about how great a year he had as a pitcher and rookie of the year instead of what we are."
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Marlins' LHP Brad Hand (0-0, 0.00) at Mets' LHP Jon Niese (6-7, 3.86)
--LHP Brad Hand, who has pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief this year, will make his first start of his career Friday at the New York Mets. For his career, Hand is 1-9 with a 4.54 ERA in parts of three seasons. Hand, 23, was the Marlins' second-round pick out of a Minnesota high school in 2008.
--LHP Brian Flynn gave up six hits, six walks and six runs in four innings against the Braves on Thursday. It was just his second big-league start, and perhaps he was nervous. He walked the bases loaded to start the third and gave up four runs that inning.
--RF Giancarlo Stanton has missed 44 games due to injury this season. Still, in June he reached 100 homers after just 400 big-league games. That ties him with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the eighth-fastest journey to 100 in big-league history. Ahead of him are legends such as Joe DiMaggio and Mark McGwire. Of Stanton's 20 homers this year, 15 have come at home. He entered Thursday ranking fourth in the National League in homers in his home stadium.
--RHP Jose Fernandez finished a brilliant rookie season with a 12-6 record, a 2.19 ERA, 187 strikeouts, a .182 batting average allowed and a 0.98 WHIP. He set club rookie records in the latter four categories. He also finished second behind Kevin Brown in 1996 for ERA and WHIP among all Marlins pitchers. The last National League rookie with a WHIP under 1.00 was Dick Hughes in 1967. Fernandez leads the majors in batting average allowed. The last MLB pitcher to do this well in that category was Pedro Martinez in 2000.
--RHP Sam Dyson, a rookie reliever, tossed three scoreless innings Thursday against the Braves. Dyson, who entered the game with a 4.50 ERA in two career appearances, allowed just two hits and one walk in the best performance of his young career. A native of Tampa, Fla., Dyson attended the University of South Carolina and was drafted by the Marlins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He missed the 2011 season after elbow surgery and made his big-league debut last month.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I took our team out of the game real early. (Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez) said I just need to move on before I start again on Tuesday. We're going to try to iron this out before then (in side sessions)." -- LHP Brian Flynn, who gave up six hits, six walks and six runs in four innings in a 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - ROSTER REPORT
--C Jeff Mathis (thumb contusion) left the Sept. 9 game early and did not play Sept. 10-12.
--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