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Jose Fernandez played hero Friday by smacking a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run double in the 12th inning as part of a 7-5 win over the Braves.

Never doubt the Marlins’ ace. Fernandez was asked to pinch-hit with two on and two out against Casey Kelly and he delivered by ripping a ball into the gap in left-center field. After doing damage with his bat on Friday, Fernandez will try to do his part on the mound Saturday.
Jul 2 - 12:13 AM

A.J. Ramos blew his first save of the season Friday against the Braves.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Ramos gave up a game-tying leadoff homer to Tyler Flowers to begin the ninth inning. He managed to wiggle his way out of a jam and the Marlins went on to win the game in 12 innings. Ramos had converted 33 consecutive save chances dating back to last season and this wasn’t the best timing for him to break the streak. Fernando Rodney, who was acquired from the Padres on Thursday, pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his Marlins debut on Friday. One hiccup isn’t enough to change things, but the leash could be shorter for Ramos with Rodney in the fold.
Jul 2 - 12:12 AM

Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his Marlins’ debut Friday against the Braves.

Rodney, who was acquired from the Padres on Thursday, walked one and notched a pair of strikeouts in the frame. He was perfect as San Diego’s closer this season, but he’s set to serve as A.J. Ramos’ set-up man with his new team. Of course, Ramos blew his first save of the season on Friday, so this situation is worth watching.
Jul 2 - 12:11 AM

Justin Nicolino yielded four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.

Nicolino was handed an early 3-0 lead, but he squandered it, eventually giving up a go-ahead homer to Chase d’Arnaud in the fifth. The southpaw struck out just one batter and hasn’t completed six innings in a start since way back on May 8. With a 5.34 ERA and his inability to miss bats, he’s not a fantasy option.
Jul 2 - 12:10 AM

Julio Teheran was charged with five runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Teheran gave up a three-spot in the first inning, but settled down from there and saw his offense eventually take the lead back in the fifth. However, he gave up the tying run on a double from Christian Yelich in the seventh and Chris Withrow allowed an inherited runner to score to close the book on Teheran's night. Teheran gave up a season-high 11 hits and saw his ERA jump from 2.46 to 2.72. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Phillies.
Jul 2 - 12:08 AM

Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s extra-inning win over the Braves.

Ozuna clubbed a two-run homer off Julio Teheran in the first inning before putting the Marlins ahead with an RBI single in the seventh inning. The 25-year-old is now up to 17 homers and 47 RBI to go along with a .321/.372/.567 batting line. He’s deserving to represent the Marlins in this month’s All-Star Game in San Diego.
Jul 2 - 12:07 AM

Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

Flowers tied things up with a solo homer against Marlins closer A.J. Ramos in the ninth inning, but the Braves went on to lose the game in extra. The 30-year-old has three homers in his last nine games and six on the year. He’s batting .258/.344/.421 overall while sharing playing time behind the plate.
Jul 2 - 12:06 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Friday that Steven Souza (hip) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Taylor Motter has been optioned to Triple-A to create a spot on the roster. The Rays are in desperate need for help on offense, which Souza should provide. Before landing on the shelf with his hip injury, Souza was hitting .255/.315/.443 with 10 homers and 25 RBI.
Jul 2 - 12:05 AM
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