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Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton to participate in Home Run Derby

Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton homers in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton homers in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Staff

Giancarlo Stanton has informed National League captain Troy Tulowitzki that he plans to participate in next month’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

Stanton, who leads the National League in home runs (21) and RBI (60), would be the first Marlin to participate in the event since Hanley Ramirez finished second to David Ortiz in 2010.

Miguel Cabrera, Dan Uggla and Gary Sheffield represented the franchise in the power showcase before that.

Each league will have five participants square off in the Derby and then compete through a bracketed system to create an AL vs. NL final.


Left fielder Christian Yelich will be back from the disabled list Sunday, and Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he plans on starting him out in his usual spot.

Redmond had previously discussed playing Marcell Ozuna in left field to utilize his arm more. Ozuna has started in left field in 10 of his past 13 games with Yelich on the disabled list.

“I know [Ozuna’s] arm plays better in left. I just like him out there in center,” Redmond said. “He covers a lot more ground out there.”

The Marlins optioned Jake Marisnick and pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to Triple A New Orleans after Saturday’s 7-6 loss to the Athletics to make room for Yelich. The team will bring up another pitcher Sunday to add depth to the bullpen.


In the eighth inning Friday, Ozuna hoped to make the final out of the inning with a diving catch. But as he lifted his glove in the air to show the umpire he had made the catch, the ball trickled away.

Ozuna said Saturday that he didn’t realize the ball was out until he heard Marisnick yelling to throw home. Stephen Vogt managed to come around from first to score the tying run on the play.

After the game, Redmond called Ozuna’s dive “a little aggressive,” given the circumstances.

• Friday’s game saw two bang-bang plays at the plate, and the A’s won out on each.

In the third inning, Yoenis Cespedes got his league-leading 10th outfield assist by gunning down Stanton. Stanton did not touch home with his feet, and Derek Norris laid down the tag before Stanton touched the plate with his hand.

“Since you can’t run the catcher over anymore, it’s kind of caused guys to try to go around and avoid the contact, which is too bad,” Redmond said. “It’s just one of those things where it’s going to take the runners some time to get used to.”

In the top of the ninth, Oakland’s Coco Crisp went in feet first and was able to tap a foot on the plate before Jeff Mathis could swipe him with his glove.

Mathis said he needs to work on getting his slap tag down faster, like a middle infielder defending a steal, as he adjusts to the rule Major League Baseball instituted this spring to prevent collisions at home plate.

•  Sam Dyson became the lastest Marlins relief pitcher to get called up from the minors and join a tired bullpen. Dyson gave up one hit in two-thirds of an inning Saturday. The Marlins have used at least five relievers in each of their past three games.


•  Sunday: Marlins LHP Andrew Heaney (0-2, 4.91 ERA) vs. Oakland Athletics LHP Tommy Milone (5-3, 3.89), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Monday: Off.

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