There’s still a month to go before fan voting ends for the 2015 All-Star Game, but if the polls had closed Monday the struggling Marlins would still have two players in the National League's starting lineup: second baseman Dee Gordon and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Gordon (1,531,048 votes) maintained the lead at his position in the second round of voting results released Tuesday. The Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (1,185,972 votes) is the only player within earshot of Gordon, the major league leader in hits.
Stanton, meanwhile, remains in third place among outfielders with 1,210,108 votes. He trails only Washington’s Bryce Harper (2,323,186 votes) and St. Louis’ Matt Holliday (1,654,428). San Francisco’s starting outfield of Nori Aoki (1,012,117 votes), Angel Pagan (782,876) and Hunter Pence (692,922) are right behind Stanton.
The Marlins have only had two starters in the All-Star Game: third baseman Gary Sheffield in 1993 and shortstop Hanley Ramirez from 2008 to 2010.
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Adeiny Hechavarria, who ranks seventh among NL shortstops in OPS (.724) and is having an All-Star caliber season batting .300 with 20 RBI, is not ranked in the top five at his respective position.
Flores called up
The Marlins opted on Tuesday to call up right-hander Kendry Flores, one of two minor league pitchers acquired from the Giants last December in the Casey McGehee trade, to help bolster their bullpen as a long reliever after the demotion of closer Steve Cishek on Monday night.
Flores, ranked the 11th-best prospect in the organization according to MLB.com, was 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA in nine starts for Double A Jacksonville.
Flores pitched for Marlins bench coach Mike Goff when Flores was in low-A ball in 2013 with the Giants. Flores went 10-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 22 starts for the Augusta Giants before moving up to high-A ball the following season where he went 4-6 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts.
Manager Dan Jennings said the Marlins liked “the great angle” to Flores’ fastball and that he showed “a plus curveball at times.”
“Goff is obviously our bench coach,” Jennings said. “So we had a little insight there to know what he’s about makeup wise, and how he showed the ability to use his pitches.
“With us going to Colorado and then an American League city where we’ll have the DH we just felt it was more important to have that extra pitcher.”
Cishek will have a familiar face to throw to in Jacksonville as he works out his mechanical issues. Catcher Jeff Mathis is doing his own rehab assignment there.
The Marlins moved Mathis down to Jacksonville from Triple A New Orleans over the weekend.
“I think that will be very helpful and beneficial because Matty’s caught him so much,” Jennings said. “Matty knows what to look for and what to expect. He’ll be a good sounding board for him.”
Mathis, on the disabled list since April 13 with a right hand fracture, finally got his first hit in the minors Monday night, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. He started his minor league assignment 0-for-17 at the plate.
Pitcher Mat Latos will make his first rehab start Thursday in Jupiter. Jarred Cosart will make his first rehab start Saturday in Triple A New Orleans.
▪ It was “Back To The Future Night” on Tuesday in honor of the hit three-part 1980s movies series, which in the second movie predicted a Marlins-Cubs World Series in 2015.
Asked about the movie Tuesday, Jennings replied: “I wish I could be more help. I think the last movie actually saw was Patton.”
▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Dan Haren (5-2, 3.03) vs. Cubs LHP Jon Lester (4-3, 3.30), 7:10 p.m.
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