Marlins notebook

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton racking up assists

cspencer@MiamiHerald.comJuly 15, 2013 

Giancarlo Stanton showed off his strong throwing arm Sunday.

Stanton became the third outfielder in Marlins history to throw out two runners in one inning when he gunned down Jayson Werth at second base and Ian Desmond at the plate in the fourth.

Of the two, Stanton received big style points on the throw to second.

Werth lofted a fly ball to right that Stanton lunged for but couldn’t quite catch. But Stanton picked up the ball and, from his knees, threw Werth out at the bag as he tried to stretch the hit into a double.

“He should be a catcher,” joked manager Mike Redmond.

Stanton then threw Desmond out at the plate on Taylor Jordan’s single.

The only other Marlins outfielders to throw out two runners in one inning: Mark Kotsay on July 26, 2000, at Baltimore, and Joe Orsulak on Sept. 7, 1996, against Montreal.

Futures game

Christian Yelich made a nice showing Sunday in the Futures Game at Citi Field, going 2 for 2 with a RBI.

Yelich, who could soon be promoted to the Marlins from Double A Jacksonville, drove in the game’s first run with a double to deep center. He singled up the middle in his second at-bat.

The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2.

Late heroics

Stanton’s game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 2-1 win in 10 innings over the Nationals marked only the second time in franchise history a player has tied a game with a home run in the ninth when the Marlins were trailing 1-0.

The other instance: Jeff Conine on Sept. 21, 1996, off Billy Wagner. In that game, the Marlins’ next batter, Devon White, won it with a walk-off home run.

• Following the All-Star break, the Marlins will go with a rotation of Jacob Turner, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Jose Fernandez.

• The Marlins optioned reliever Duane Below following Sunday’s game. Chad Qualls will be reinstated from the paternity list on Friday.

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