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2013 ASG: Fernandez fans two in scoreless sixth

The Marlins sent out two promising youngsters, second baseman Derek Dietrich and center fielder Marcell Ozuna, optioning them to Double-A Jacksonville and trading them in for two fresh ones.

Miami's top two prospects, outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, will get the call from Jacksonville on Tuesday as the Marlins take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

"I want to make this clear: The offensive woes of this team -- I don't want to be attributed to [Dietrich and Ozuna]," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "That's not why this is happening. I want that to be clear.

"It seems we just had a rough weekend and now we're sending a couple players out. I don't want it to be construed in that manner at all. Those kids did an incredible job. We rushed them here to the big leagues out of need. They had very little to almost no Double-A experience, and they did a great job for us."

Yelich, who has hit .280 with an .883 OPS in the Minors this season, is expected to play left field while Marisnick, a speedster who also belted 12 homers in 67 games, should play center.

"These are two guys who definitely are going to improve our defense in the outfield," manager Mike Redmond said. "Jake plays a great center field, and Yelich too. I think those guys will bring excitement and hopefully another boost of energy to this team and this lineup."

Miami snapped the scoreless streak in Monday's 3-1 victory against Colorado, ending the longest drought since the Astros failed to plate a run for 42 straight frames from July 13-20, 1985.

Part of the problem for Miami in its scoreless showing in Milwaukee was the club's inability to bring home runners in scoring position. Despite tallying only 15 hits in three games, the Marlins finished 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Miami hit .037 (1-for-27) with runners in scoring position in its past five games.

"We need to focus on getting guys on base and grinding out at-bats," Redmond said. "As we talked about earlier in the season, somebody's got to step up and get a big hit, drive in a big run, hit a home run, whatever. Whatever it takes and get this offense going again."

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, who has been red-hot on the mound, will take the hill against the struggling Marlins on Tuesday.

Chacin has recorded five quality starts in his past six starts, tossing two scoreless outings during a stretch that has lowered his ERA from 4.52 to 3.50.

Jose Fernandez will be on the mound for Miami, making his first start since becoming only the third pitcher younger than 21 to strike out two or more batters in an All-Star Game.

Marlins: Bullpen shining
The Miami bullpen gave up only one run on four hits with one walk and 17 strikeouts in three games against Milwaukee. Marlins relievers pitched another two scoreless frames in Monday's victory.

"They've done their job," Redmond said. "They've come in and they've thrown strikes. I think one of the biggest focuses ... was limiting our walks and especially two-out walks. I know that's hard and everybody says the same thing, but really that's huge for us, and we want to make sure if we're going to get hit or we're going to get beat, then they're going to earn it. We don't want to be giving them any freebies."

Rockies: Tulowitzki beginning second half on tear
All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki recorded his third multi-hit game in four games since the break with a 2-for-4 effort on Monday night. He is batting .375 (6-for-16) with a homer and three RBIs since the All-Star break.

Tulowitzki hit his 17th home run on Monday night, tying him with Baltimore's J.J. Hardy for the most among shortstops in the Majors.

Worth noting
• Three Marlins prospects at Class A Jupiter threw a combined no-hitter on Monday night. Starter Angel Sanchez, who came over in the Ricky Nolasco trade with the Dodgers, pitched the first six innings.

• Although Drew Pomeranz ended Colorado's streak of starters allowing one or no runs at six games on Monday night, he extended the starting staff's streak of consecutive outings allowing three earned runs or fewer to 12 straight games. Comments