<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Sports]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:12:49 -0400 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:12:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[LL Coach Killed by Baseball]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:23:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A 50-year-old little league coach died on Long Island after he was struck in the head with a baseball, authorities said.

Richard Becher, of Holbrook, was hit with the baseball during warm-ups before a game Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, a baseball facility in Yaphank.

According to police, bystanders were performing CPR on Becher, who was unconscious, when officers and paramedics arrived.

Becher was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived, police said.

Newsday reports that Becher was hit while pitching batting practice to his 12-year-old son's team.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Injury Woes Continue for Miami As Ozuna Sprains Ankle]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455880388.jpg

The Miami Marlins lost another big bat on Sunday when Marcell Ozuna went down with a season-ending right ankle sprain.

Ozuna did not slide while approaching second base with a double and twisted his ankle awkwardly as he tried to step on the bag. The center-fielder crumbled to the ground and appeared to be unable to put any weight on his leg. With help from the training staff, Ozuna exited the field.

After leaving the game, Ozuna was sent for x-rays on the ankle which came back negative. It was good news but the sprain itself will keep Ozuna out for the last seven games. The 23-year old was seen with crutches and a walking boot following the injury.

This is the second straight season that Ozuna will end while injured. Last year, Ozuna's year came to an end on July 23rd. On an attempted catch in the outfield at Coors Field, Ozuna sustained a left thumb ligament tear and ended up having surgery. He was actually optioned to AA prior to the injury being diagnosed but likely would've returned later in the season if healthy.

2014 was a breakout season for Ozuna who settled in nicely in the middle of Miami's lineup. Ozuna finished with a slashline of .269/.317/.455 to go along with 23 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Also of note were 26 doubles and five triples in addition to his excellent defense in the vast outfield at Marlins Park.

Going into 2015, Ozuna could find himself getting a promotion in the lineup. It is possible that he will slide into the four-spot and hit behind Giancarlo Stanton. That slot was held by Casey McGehee for the majority of this season. McGehee had a lackluster second half which could ultimately lead to the change.

Ozuna is under team control until 2020 and is not arbitration eligible until the 2016 season. He is a candidate to be bought out by Miami as well.



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<![CDATA[Sweep Ends Hopes of Winning Season]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:49:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455875054.jpg

The Miami Marlins will need to win their remaining seven games to finish with a .500 record after the Washington Nationals won 2-1 on Sunday.

The win completed a four-game sweep for Washington and sent the Marlins reeling to their fourth consecutive loss. Miami is only 3-7 in its last ten games and has fell to fourth place in the division. It remains possible that the Marlins could tumble all the way into last.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the seventh inning when Marcell Ozuna injured his ankle on a play at second base. The center-fielder had to be helped off the field and was diagnosed with an ankle sprain that will end his season.

Nathan Eovaldi did about as much as he could but it wasn't enough. Eovaldi allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of work. That goes down as a quality start in the books but also his 13th loss of the season. The right-hander is expected to make one more start this year and he will look to improve upon his 4.44 E.R.A.

Andrew Heaney gave the Marlins a nice positive sign next with three fantastic innings of relief. The top prospect allowed only one hit, walked none and struck out two. Heaney will enter Spring Training with a chance at cracking the starting rotation in 2015.

The one run batted in for Miami was courtesy of Donovan Solano in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Marlins only had four hits on the day as Stephen Strasburg dominated them along with the Washington bullpen.

Miami will begin its final home series of the year on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Henderson Alvarez will make the start for the Marlins.



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<![CDATA[Hurricanes Fall in Nebraska]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:51:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455830366.jpg

The Miami Hurricanes went into Nebraska for a game against the 24th ranked Cornhuskers on Saturday and lost 41-31.

Brad Kaaya had a night to forget as he threw two interceptions. The efficiency wasn't there either for Kaaya who was only 28-42 on his pass attempts. That was good for 359 passing yards overall. The freshman did also throw three touchdown passes on a busy night in the air for the Hurricanes.

Those passing yards were divided up relatively evenly with Duke Johnson leading the way. Johnson caught five passes for 84 yards in the air and also added 93 rushing yards on the ground. The Junior took one of his runs into the end zone and now has three rushing touchdowns on the year.

The aforementioned other three touchdowns for Miami came by way of the passing game. Clive Walford, Braxton Berrios, and Malcolm Lewis each picked up a touchdown reception. Walford caught the most passes of the day with seven in what was the busiest day of the year thus far for the Senior.

Miami was 4-10 on third downs and 2-3 on fourth downs. The big problem was Nebraska's efficiency in similar situations. The Cornhuskers did not need to attempt a fourth down conversion and were 7-10 on third downs. The ability to continue to pick up a fresh set of downs allowed Nebraska to dominate the time of possession in the game.

The Hurricanes will take on the Duke Blue Devils in Miami next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Eliminated From Playoff Contention]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455812980.jpg

The Miami Marlins were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with their 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

The loss was the third straight for the Marlins and also their 80th of the season. One more loss would eliminate the opportunity to have a winning season. Miami has been in a tailspin since losing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a season-ending injury.

Jarred Cosart continued his fine season as a Marlin with three-run ball over 6.1 innings. The loss was tagged to Cosart though due to a lack of run support. With nine hits and two walks, it wasn't Cosart's best outing but it was still a quality start. The right-hander is now 13-10 on the year when combining his time with the Houston Astros.

Mike Dunn, Chris Hatcher and Carter Capps combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief after Cosart exited. That kept the Marlins in the game even though it ended up being a wasted effort when Miami's bats were silenced.

Justin Bour continued to show that he is big league ready with another solid day. Making a second straight start at first base, Bour had two hits and a run batted in. While he's struggled off the bench, Bour has been exceptional as a starter.

Reed Johnson made another start in right-field and doubled for the 13th time on the season. Most of the starts in the corner outfield spot have gone to Johnson as of late. Johnson mishandled a couple of plays in right field along the way.

The Marlins will try to salvage one win in the four-game series on Sunday when Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound.



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<![CDATA[Week Three Preview: Chiefs at Dolphins]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:18:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455440346.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be looking for a bounce back win on Sunday when they battle the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium.

Last week Miami fell to Buffalo in a game that was dominated by the Bills. The Dolphins lost Knowshon Moreno early and never found their footing. At the end of the day, the Bills dropped the Dolphins to 1-1 on the year. 

One thing that Miami knows going into this one and is that it will be without Moreno. He's going to be gone for several weeks with a dislocated elbow. The majority of the snaps on the ground are coming to come by way of Lamar Miller. For Miami to succeed, Miller is going to need to step up big and take some pressure off of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill had a tough day last week in Buffalo. The QB was put on the ground four times for 31 yards. He was forced to throw 49 passes due to the unexpected loss of Moreno. Tannehill would throw one touchdown pass but he also threw a pick. The average passing yardage came in at 4.9 as the Dolphins struggled to get their offense going.

As for the Chiefs, they will be without their running back as well. Jamaal Charles is out with a high ankle sprain. Without Charles, Kansas City will turn to Knile Davis instead.

This will be the first game between Kansas City and Miami since 2011 when the Dolphins trounced the Chiefs 31-3.

After an exciting comeback win in Miami in the season opener, the Dolphins will hope for some more home cooking on Sunday. The game is set to begin at 4:25 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Bears' Jared Allen on Peterson Case]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jared+allen+9-20.jpg

Chicago Bears defensive end and former Minnesota Viking, Jared Allen, spoke out about the allegations surrounding his former teammate and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“I’ve said it all along that I have my beliefs and my opinions,” Allen said after practice Saturday, noting his focus has been on the Chicago Bears. “And that’s what they are and I live my life a certain way. I believe good people can make bad decisions. I’m not perfect so I’m not one to cast judgments on others.”

Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail last week on a charge alleging that he spanked one of his sons with a wooden switch.

Peterson was benched for last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings initially decided to allow Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas, the team quickly reversed course and benched Peterson indefinitely. The organization put Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning he is off the active roster while he deals with his legal affairs. 

“Obviously, they’ll have to deal with those circumstances,” Allen said. “Adrian and everybody [with the Vikings] will have to deal with that going forward. It’s a tough deal and it’s sad. I guess that’s my best answer. It was sad to hear.”

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Bour Hits First Career Home Run in Loss]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:21:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454732002.jpg

The Miami Marlins had another quiet day offensively as they fell to the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday.

Justin Bour hit his first career home run, a mammoth shot to right field. Bour has been excellent when he starts games but has struggled as a pinch-hitter thus far. In this game, he made the start and added a walk another run batted in as well.

Despite having only five hits, Miami had three extra-base hits. Garrett Jones doubled for the 29th time on the year on a ball that nearly left the ballpark. Marcell Ozuna added his fifth triple of the season. With runners in scoring position, the Marlins were 0-4 and this has been an area where they have struggled mightily as of late.

Tom Koehler failed in his bid to reach double digit wins but didn't pitch terribly. The problem for Koehler in this game was efficiency as he hurled 98 pitches in only five innings. With a lack of offense, the right-hander found himself on the losing end with his tenth loss of the season.

With Koehler out early, the Marlins needed a lot of work from the bullpen and it began with Sam Dyson. The middle reliever turned in a two-inning effort that featured only one baserunner. Up next was A.J. Ramos who turned in a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.

In the ninth, the ball was handed to Chris Hatcher who was tasked with keeping the deficit at one run. He did just that with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.

The Marlins will again try to even the four-game series on Saturday when Jarred Cosart takes the mound for Miami.



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<![CDATA[Dion Jordan Ineligible Through Week Seven Under New Suspension]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:07:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453329757.jpg

Dion Jordan had his original suspension lifted on Friday but the Miami Dolphins linebacker was promptly hit with an all-new ban.

Under the previous rules of the league, Jordan received a four-game suspension for a Performance Enhancing Drug Violation. That suspension was wiped out by a new policy that went into effect on Wednesday. Coinciding with that decision, Jordan on Friday was suspended for a new set of four games for an official reason of violating the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.

All told, this will mean Jordan misses six games instead of the original four that were expected. With Miami on a bye during Week Five, this puts Jordan out until the game against Jacksonville in Week Eight. Officially, he can join the roster again on October 20th where a roster move will need to be made to make room.

“I am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation. I am working hard to become a better man and to make better choices in the future. I am especially looking forward to returning to the team. I also want to thank my family, Coach Philbin and the Miami Dolphins organization for their support," Jordan said in a release from the team.

Jordan was the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft out of Oregon. In his first season with the Dolphins, Jordan played in all 16 games and compiled 26 tackles, two sacks, and two passes defended.  Now in 2014, he has been unable to take the field and won't be able to do so until the seventh game of the season for the Dolphins.

“We were informed that Dion’s suspension for performance enhancing drugs was lifted, however, we also learned that he has been suspended four games for violating the Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.  While we were disappointed to learn of this result, we support Dion for proactively taking steps to voluntarily seek treatment to better himself. We will continue to support and work with him as he takes advantage of all available resources during this time," head coach Joe Philbin added.

The Dolphins will look to bounce back from a loss in Buffalo when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Raw: Hundreds Line Up to Exchange Rice Jerseys]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ray_rice_baltimore_ravens.jpg Hundreds and hundreds of people lined up outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland Friday to exchange the jersey of running back Ray Rice.

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<![CDATA[Pa. School Board Bans Boys From Field Hockey Team]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg

No boys allowed. A school board in Lehigh County confirmed a committee's decision to ban boys from its field hockey team after concerns they caused injuries to girl players.

The Allentown School Board ruled 8-1 that boys would be prohibited from playing on school-sponsored teams that are usually all-female in the United States.  The vote upheld a decision made by a school committee in the Pennsylvania county Sept. 4.

"We had an injury where there was an incidental collision between a boy and a girl," Russell Mayo, Allentown School Board president, told NBC10 earlier this month. "Upon legal counsel, we decided that we would err on the side of safety."

The PIAA - the state's governing body of high school sports -- decided earlier this summer that boys who do play on girls' teams are not allowed to participate in post-season games.

But not everyone in the Allentown School District, which includes William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, is in agreement with the decision.

"The girls were disappointed because [the boys] were a great part of the team," Inez Seyler, Dieruff's field hockey coach, told LehighValleyLive.com. "I'm disappointed because they don't really have a sport that is comparable to field hockey for boys."

"It's going to be heartbreaking to them," added Karen Nilson, William Allen's coach.

Mixed gender teams are allowed under the PIAA's rules, but only under special circumstances that protect girls on the team from injury or disqualification for size differences from potential male teammates.

Other standards for Pennsylvania schools, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, support the right to a "physical environment for safety." This includes physical standards along with social, emotional and intellectual. These policies are intended to protect students' wellness and physical health.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Heat Add Smart and Quinn To Coaching Staff]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:33:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/164762894.jpg

The Miami Heat added two new assistant coaches on Wednesday when Keith Smart and Chris Quinn joined the staff.

Smart was last seen as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings in the 2012-13 season. Previous to that, he led the Golden State Warriors for a season and was also an interim head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers at one point.

Most of Smart's coaching career has come as an assistant coach which is what he will be doing in Miami. Prior to taking over head coaching duties with the Kings, he was an assistant for a season there. That followed a long run in Golden State for Smart who was an assistant from 2003-2010 before being named the head coach.

Smart had a brief NBA career as he only appeared in two games as a player, both coming with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1988-89 season. He'd play in various other leagues around the world after his playing career came to a close in the NBA.

Quinn most recently served as director of player development for Northwestern University. He has no coaching experience but does have a history with the Heat. From 2006-2010, Quinn was on Miami's roster. The shooting guard even started 25 games during the 2007-08 campaign.

In addition to being an assistant coach, Quinn will work in player development for Miami which will call upon his recent work in the NCAA.

The Heat also added Brandon Gilliam and Wes Brown as Assistant Trainers. Gillam will hold the title of Director of Rehabilitation as well. Eric Foran rounded out the new additions when he was named Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Miami will open the 2014-15 season on October 29th against the Washington Wizards.



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<![CDATA[Best of NFL: Week 3]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:39:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455677434.jpg Don't miss the most dramatic images from the third week of the 2014 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Sets Sights on Throwing Program]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:10:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/486148117.jpg

The Miami Marlins will likely be without Jose Fernandez for at least half of 2015 but the ace could begin a throwing program soon.

Fernandez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday for a checkup on his surgically repaired right elbow. Dr. ElAttrache performed Tommy John Surgery on Fernandez back in May. The full recovery for Fernandez is expected to be around 14 months which would have him back on the mound at Marlins Park around the All-Star Game.

The first major step in returning is beginning a throwing program. Fernandez has not thrown a ball since May 9th when he exited a rough start in San Diego. Velocity was down for Fernandez in the start and he was quickly sent for tests which confirmed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. At that point, Miami knew it had lost its biggest arm for not just the remainder of 2014 but also some of the following year.

At only 22-years old, Fernandez has age on his side and he also is in exceptional shape. While rehab for this injury can be grueling, Fernandez is a prime candidate to bounce back and return to the form that made him the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year. The right-hander was considered a Cy Young contended this season as well before the injury.

Fernandez ended his season with a 4-2 record and a 2.44 E.R.A but that number was inflated by his final start. The ace only had a 1.74 E.R.A going into the game against San Diego and also ended up striking out 70 in 51.2 innings.

Another young star recently returned to the mound for the first time albeit against a simulated batter. Matt Harvey of the New York Mets took the mound and threw before the game on Monday while the Marlins were in town. Harvey had his Tommy John Surgery performed on October 22nd, 2013. 

Fernandez could be a big boost to the starting rotation when he returns but setbacks are always possible and the time-line is ever-changing. 



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<![CDATA[Marlins Open Final Homestand With Loss]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:05:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455676576.jpg

The Miami Marlins who are winding down the 2014 season fell to the Washington Nationals by a final score of 6-2 on Thursday.

The game was the first of what will be the final homestand for Miami this season. It was the 78th loss of the year for the Marlins who will need a strong finish to have a winning record. The majority of the remaining games on the schedule are against these same Nationals.

Brad Hand gave up six runs but five of them came in the fourth inning alone. Until that frame, Hand held the Nationals in check. Once the batting order came up a second time though, the story changed significantly. In all, the left-hander allowed eight hits and struck out four while he fell to 3-8 this season.

Despite only having six hits total, the Marlins collected three doubles. Reed Johnson (12), Christian Yelich (28), and Enrique Hernandez (5) all had two-base hits. For Johnson, it was another start in right field where he has seemingly taken over as the regular option. Johnson has been swinging a better bat with more consistent playing time.

Yelich who is enjoying an exceptional first full season in the big leagues also swiped his 21st base of the year. It was third base that Yelich stole as he continues to excel as a leadoff hitter. It remains to be seen if Yelich will bat in a different spot going into 2015.

Miami struggled once again with runners in scoring position going 1-7 on the day while leaving four total men on base.

The Marlins will have Tom Koehler on the mound on Friday when they look to even the series.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Jeter's Rousing NY Sendoff in New Ad]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Derek-Jeter-Day007.jpg

Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"  is a soothing sound to Yankee fans, accustomed to hearing it over the Yankee Stadium speakers when the Bombers win a home game.  But another signature Sinatra song may soon take its place in Yankee lore alongside that classic.

A new Gatorade commercial uses  "My Way" to say goodbye to the Captain, as it shows Derek Jeter exiting a cab near the stadium and feeling the love from New Yorkers in the streets of the Bronx before buttoning up his No. 2 jersey and stepping onto the field to the roar of the crowd.

Even the most bitter Mets fans may find themselves wiping away a tear at the rousing commercial shot in iconic black and white, and hardcore Bombers fans may need an entire box of tissues. 



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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Mariners, Win AL West]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455630948.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

Howie Kendrick sparked the Angels' five-run rally in the seventh by scoring from first base when Chris Denorfia misplayed David Freese's single to right for an error.

Los Angeles' surge broke up a pitchers' duel between Wilson and Seattle rookie James Paxton, who traded zeros until the seventh.

Wilson (13-9) earned his third straight victory in intimidating fashion, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners in a major improvement from recent starts. He escaped his only jam in the seventh, stranding two runners.

Paxton (6-3) yielded four hits and had eight strikeouts for the Mariners, who have lost six of eight. Seattle managed just one hit and is two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for the second AL wild card.

Paxton kept the Mariners in contention until his teammates made two errors and reliever Danny Farquhar flopped in the seventh inning.

After Kendrick's one-out single, Denorfia thought about diving to catch Freese's drive, but instead pulled up and allowed it to roll past him to the right-field wall. Austin Jackson then double-clutched the ball while retrieving it, and Kendrick scored easily.

Farquhar relieved Paxton with two outs and two runners on, but Cron mashed his 11th homer into the fake rock pile behind center field. Kole Calhoun followed with an RBI double as the Angels batted around.

Paxton was even more dominant than Wilson, retiring 17 of the Angels' first 18 hitters. Paxton allowed only two bouncing singles in the first six innings while striking out Mike Trout three times.

Trout also struck out to end the seventh, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead with 173 strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias headed back to Seattle for an MRI after feeling stiffness in his elbow. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is probably done for the season.

Angels: Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup after feeling a bit sore following his return from a shoulder injury Tuesday. The cleanup hitter likely wouldn't have started anyway against a tough left-hander.

UP NEXT

Two aces meet in the series finale when Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14 ERA) takes on Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).



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<![CDATA[Alvarez Continues Strong Season With 11th Win]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455618466.jpg

The Miami Marlins won their series against the New York Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday.

Henderson Alvarez continued what has been a great season for him with his 11th win. Alvarez who took over as the ace of the staff with Jose Fernandez gone now has a 2.82 E.R.A as well. The right-hander allowed two runs on eight hits in his six innings for a quality start.

Following Alvarez's effort, Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos worked a scoreless seventh inning. Chris Hatcher allowed a run in the eighth inning which cut the Miami lead to only one.

Steve Cishek made that run hold up with his 37th save in the ninth inning in 1-2-3 fashion.

Reed Johnson made a second straight start in the revolving door known as right-field but had a rough day going 0-2. It is likely Johnson will go back to his role off the bench with manager Mike Redmond mixing and matching other names in the corner outfield spot.

Marcell Ozuna who has been in the cleanup spot the past week had a three-hit game to lift his average to .271. Donovan Solano also had three hits and a run scored to go along with his 26th run batted in this year. Casey McGehee had a pair of hits and a run scored out of the three hole in the lineup.

Brad Hand will take the mound on Thursday when the Marlins return home for their final homestand of 2014. Their opponent will be the Washington Nationals who clinched the division title on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Officially Done For Season]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454523562.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton wanted to come back this season but the Miami Marlins made it official on Wednesday that he will not.

Stanton is recovering from a serious injury to his face that involved fractures. Those will heal on their own but it will take over a month. There would be a major risk involved in playing prior to being fully recovered. With the team out of playoff contention, there was no benefit at all to taking such a risk. It's very likely that even if the team was still in the hunt, Stanton would not be on the field.

On Tuesday, Stanton shared an image of his injuries as well as his recovery thus far. A drastic improvement is noticeable immediately but those fractures are still less than a week old. They are non-displaced fractures which means surgery wasn't necessary. Playing in competitive games could hinder the recovery process especially for a player who goes all out on the field like Stanton.

The slugger finishes his 2014 season with a slashline of .288/.395/.555. His OPS of .950 was the second best of his career trailing only 2012. Stanton amassed 37 home runs and brought home 105 runs. He also doubled 31 times and stole 13 bases which was easily the highest total of his career. With several fine defensive plays in right field and an arm that is feared around the league, Stanton showed production in every facet of the game.

Stanton could still take home the MVP award for the National League despite his shortened year. One man who could get in the way of that is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ace is sure to win the Cy Young award for a second straight season but could also be named MVP after a stellar year. Despite missing several starts at the beginning of the season, Kershaw has 19 wins and has dominated all of baseball.

Stanton is under team control for two more seasons and is expected to remain a key piece for the Marlins going into 2015.



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<![CDATA[Steve Cishek Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/452806966.jpg

Steve Cishek is enjoying a fine year as the closer for the Miami Marlins and is now also their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

Every team has one nominee for the award which is distributed annually. The award which is named in honor of the Hall of Famer recognizes a player's contributions both on and off the field. Voting for the award is done by both the media and fans with the winner announced during the 2014 World Series.

This season Cishek has saved 36 games for Miami and was a big reason that the team entered September with a chance at the postseason. His reliable arm at the back of the pen gave confidence to manager Mike Redmond as well as the starting rotation. The closer has a 3.32 E.R.A and has struck 80 hitters in 62.1 innings.

Cishek is active in the community for the Marlins in addition to his on-field excellence. One of the main causes that Cishek supports is entitled Bunkers in Baghdad. Via this charity, troops in many parts of the world are sent golf equipment. This venture gives countless troops a way to get away from it all and relax whenever possible. The charity also sends golf equipment around the country to help rehabilitate veterans who have returned home injured.

No Marlin has ever won the award and Cishek faces stiff competition in this year's voting. Names such as Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, and Evan Longoria are up for the award as well.

Voting for the award is taking place at MLB.com and will be open until October 6th.



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<![CDATA[Vikings Bar Peterson From All Team Activities]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/186722617.jpg The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.



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<![CDATA[RB LaMichael James Works Out For Dolphins]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/464374313.jpg

The Miami Dolphins worked running back LaMichael James out on Tuesday according to a report from ESPN.

James was released on September 8th by the San Francisco 49ers and then subsequently cleared waivers.

With Knowshon Moreno on the shelf for at least a month due to a dislocated left elbow, Miami is looking to beef up its roster at the RB spot. Moreno was at the top of his game when he went down with the injury during Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Entering that game, he trailed only one RB in rushing yards in the NFL and that was Le'Veon Bell who played in two contests.

On Monday, the Dolphins signed some depth for RB when they brought Daniel Thomas back. The veteran player is expected to play behind Lamar Miller who should see the majority of the snaps. Miller is currently expected to start on Sunday as he recovers from an ankle injury that occurred late in Sunday's game.

It's unclear what James would change as far as Miami's plans with the running game. The former Oregon standout is still only 24 years old. In 2010, James rushed for 1,731 yards which was the biggest total in the entire nation. James took home the Doak Walker Award that year which recognizes the nation's best running back.

In the NFL, it's been a different story for James though albeit in limited opportunities. Since being drafted in the second round in 2012, James has played in parts of three seasons. This year, it took only one game and two snaps before he was shown the door. During his NFL career, James has taken 41 snaps as a running back for 184 yards and no touchdowns.

One other aspect of James' game is receiving which could end up being how he's also used in Miami if he signs. James has tallied 45 receiving yards in five tries and has the ability to go deep for a long game-changing pass.

The Dolphins will battle the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday as they look to get back into the win column.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Manage Only 1 Run On 13 Hits in Loss]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:26:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455557520.jpg

The Miami Marlins didn't have trouble getting on base but brought only one run in during Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the New York Mets.

Miami had 13 hits in the loss but only two went for extra bases when Reed Johnson doubled for the 11th time this season and Ed Lucas collected his fifth two-base hit. This has been a trend for the Marlins ever since Giancarlo Stanton was injured last week. The Marlins have struggled to get a big hit and collect extra base hits overall.

As a team, Miami was 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base. Johnson who was serving as the right-fielder in this one had a three-hit game. The Marlins have gone with several names in the corner outfield spot without Stanton available.

Donovan Solano also had three hits in a start at second base. It's been a decent season for Solano but of his 67 hits, only 13 have gone for extra-bases. Miami needs more offensive production from second base and will likely look to upgrade going into 2015.

Nathan Eovaldi has had a tough go at it as of late and that only continued on Tuesday. Eovaldi allowed six runs in 4.1 innings. With a career high 186.2 innings thrown this season, it is possible that the right-hander has simply run out of gas. The Marlins could elect to shut Eovaldi down and get him ready for 2015.

A man who will almost certainly not be a part of the team's plans in 2015 entered next. Brad Penny in his second stint as a Marlin has not been productive and he allowed this game to get out of hand. Penny allowed three runs on five hits in only two innings and now has a 6.29 E.R.A this season.

The Marlins will go for the series win on Wednesday when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound.



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<![CDATA[Winston Benched for "Vulgar" Comments]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/454405308.jpg

Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston is once again in the headlines and it’s not for his latest performance on the football field.

According to reports from Deadspin.com and SB Nation, Winston was seen on Florida State's campus jumping on a table and yelling an expletive-laden phrase alluding to a sex act. The specific phrasing came from an Internet meme that saw some people yell it into live microphones during interviews on television.

The entire incident was tweeted by multiple people who witnessed the entire incident Tuesday.

FSU released a statement Wednesday saying WInston would be benched for the first half of the Seminoles' game against Clemson, calling his comments "offensive and vulgar."

"As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," the school said in a statement. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

The latest incident with Winston comes less than a year after the local state attorney’s office concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to sustain criminal charges against the quarterback when he was accused of sexual assault.

It also comes just months after Winston was caught on video shoplifting crab legs from a Publix grocery store. After admitting to the crab caper, Winston released a statement that read in part: “I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach.”

According to Yahoo.com, the FSU athletic department said the topic of Winston’s expletive-lade shout never came up when head coach Jimbo Fisher was meeting with reporters after practice Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Orioles Clinch AL East With 8-2 Win]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*131/455561388.jpg

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Afterward, the Orioles converged behind second base, fireworks soared in the outfield and streamers sprayed throughout the crowd.

It was Baltimore's ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career list.

Baltimore is 42-23 in a division that includes the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, the free-spending New York Yankees and pitching-rich Tampa Bay. The Orioles led by only four games on Aug. 6 before going on a 27-11 run.

The clinching victory featured an unlikely list of contributors, not at all unusual for a team that often delved deep into its 25-man roster. Ubaldo Jimenez was making his first start in a month; Pearce has morphed from a bit-player to a key starter; and Paredes didn't join the team until Aug. 28.

Pearce provided the Orioles with the lead for good with a three-run drive off Drew Hutchison (10-12) in the first inning. Pearce has 18 home runs this year, one more than he had in 290 games as a part-timer from 2007-13.

Paredes hit a solo shot in the second to make it 4-2. It was his second homer in 10 games with Baltimore.

In addition, newcomer Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. De Aza came to the Orioles in an Aug. 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Jimenez (5-9) survived a rocky start to limit the Blue Jays to two runs and two hits over five innings in his third start since July 5. After signing a $50 million, four-year deal in the offseason, Jimenez struggled with his control for much of the season, sprained his ankle in a parking lot before the All-Star break and ultimately lost his place in the rotation.

Pressed into service because the Orioles played a doubleheader Friday, Jimenez issued four walks in the first two innings. But he bounced back to retire his last 10 batters.

Orioles fans have until Friday to register for a ticket lottery online. Winners will be notifed next Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Marlins Overcome 16 Strikeouts in Win]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/455503244.jpg

The Miami Marlins were overmatched for most of the game but stormed back for a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday.

Jacob deGrom of the Mets struck out the first eight batters of the game which set a franchise record. That mark also tied for Major League record for consecutive strikeouts to begin a game. In addition, it doubled the previous record in Miami history in terms of strikeouts by the opposition to start a game.

The Marlins got to deGrom in the seventh inning for three runs after he had struck out a career high 13 batters. Those three runs gave Miami a lead after it trailed 2-0 for most of the evening. After the Mets regained the advantage in the bottom of the seventh, the Marlins put another three on the board in the eighth frame.

The six runs were scored without the benefit of a single home run. Justin Bour had one of his finer days in the big leagues as he went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis also had two-hit days. The shortshop doubled for one of his hits and had a pair of runs batted in as well.

The Marlins lineup tallied plenty of strikeouts all game long even after deGrom exited. In all, the Marlins struck out 16 times with five players striking out multiple times. Marcell Ozuna had the toughest time with his three strikeouts on the day.

Jarred Cosart pitched well but was out-dueled by deGrom and came away with a no-decision. Cosart allowed two runs in his six innings of work. The Mets managed five hits and walked twice against Cosart.

In the ninth, Steve Cishek sealed the victory for his 36th save of the season.

The series in New York will continue on Tuesday when Nathan Eovaldi makes the start for the Marlins.



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