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MLB Playoffs Daily: Miami Marlins stun Chicago Cubs with wild-card series sweep

A Friday with two potential elimination games in the National League got off to a surprising start when the Miami Marlins knocked the Chicago Cubs out of the 2020 MLB playoffs with a 2-0 Game 2 victory at Wrigley Field. The Marlins move on to face the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series while the Cubs will be left wondering what happened to their once-mighty offense.
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Will Miami's surprising run continue? First look at Marlins-Braves NLDS

Two NL East teams advancing to face each other in the MLB playoffs is no surprise. The fact that the Atlanta Braves are in the NLDS again is anything but shocking. But that they are facing the Miami Marlins -- and not the Phillies, Nationals or Mets -- well, nobody saw that coming.
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Marlins vs. Cubs score: Miami pulls off surprise playoff sweep; Chicago's bats quiet in season-ending loss

The Miami Marlins have punched their ticket to the NLDS with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the best-of-three Wild Card Series. On Friday at Wrigley Field, hard-throwing rookie righty Sixto Sanchez threw five scoreless innings with six strikeouts in the win. Garrett Cooper hit a solo home run for Miami and Magneuris Sierra added an RBI single for the game's only scoring.
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I stood outside Wrigley Field during the Cubs’ fan-free playoff opener. I won’t do it again.

After a weird, truncated regular season in which their most notable accomplishment was having none of their players contract COVID-19, the Chicago Cubs made the MLB playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years. In normal times, I would have been inside Wrigley Field for the first game of their series against the Miami Marlins, roaming the aisles as a beer vendor. But these aren’t normal times. There were no fans in the stands this year, which means there was no vending. And so, on Wednesday, I went to see what it’d be like to follow a playoff game from the streets outside Wrigley Field. I was expecting some kind of communal experience, if not a typical gameday scene. Instead, I felt totally alone.
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Pre-NLWC-Game-2: Marlins at Cubs (1:08 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

There are worse elimination games to face than a home game with your veteran ace on the mound against a rookie with 7 Major League starts who plays for a team that – frankly – is not all that impressive. But I guess that would also make losing pretty awful … Whatever. Embrace it. This might be the last time you see some of these players in a Cubs uniform.
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Braves to face Miami Marlins in NLDS

After shutting out the Reds in both games of the Wild Card Round, the Atlanta Braves will face the Miami Marlins in the NLDS starting on Tuesday. The Braves are quite familiar with their NL East foes, who surprisingly finished second in the National League East this year. Atlanta went 6-4 against Miami this year, including three out of four wins during the final week of the regular season to clinch the division title for the third straight year.
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Bleday ready to join Marlins youth movement

The greatest player in Marlins history, Giancarlo Stanton, made four All-Star teams as a right fielder. The franchise's first superstar, Gary Sheffield, played right field. Future first-ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera spent his first full season in Miami as a right fielder. Since trading Stanton to the Yankees following...
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Five Reasons MLB Should Want Miami Marlins To Advance

The Miami Marlins have overcome massive odds just to make these playoffs, but MLB should want Miami playing deep into October. Respect Miami: that’s the message this 2020 Miami Marlins squad has been preaching since February. Yep, even before the playoffs were dramatically expanded on account of the Covid-19 pandemic,...
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Marlins advance to NL Division Series

CHICAGO — Garrett Cooper homered against Yu Darvish in a two-run seventh, hard-throwing rookie Sixto Sánchez dominated for five innings and the Miami Marlins won their first playoff series in 17 years, beating the Cubs 2-0 Friday to complete a two-game wild card series sweep. Miami will face Atlanta in...
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Derek Jeter Is Back in the Postseason With a Whole New Perspective

The chief executive of the Miami Marlins has the most postseason experience of anyone in baseball history. For Derek Jeter, all of it came in his first act, as shortstop for the Yankees — 158 games in the caldron of the playoffs and World Series. Now comes No. 159, on...
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Derek Jeter says Miami Marlins building for the long haul

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins' first MLB playoff appearance since 2003 is not supposed to last long. They're regarded as young, inexperienced overachievers who benefited from the short season and expanded playoff format. They were outscored by 41 runs this year, and no team has longer odds of winning the World Series at 33-1. But even if their postseason ends this week in the wild-card round at Wrigley Field, the Marlins believe it's just the beginning of a new era for the long-suffering franchise.
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Top Marlins prospects making up for lost time in Florida Instructional League

While the major league Marlins continue their improbable pursuit of the franchise’s third World Series title, many of the most talented young players in the organization have assembled in Jupiter, Florida, for five-plus weeks of development. Instructional camp is held at the complex annually at this point on the calendar, but in the absence of Minor League Baseball and the Arizona Fall League in 2020, the initiative has been expanded and rebranded.
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Miami Marlins: The bitter irony of the J.T. Realmuto trade demand

J.T. Realmuto wanted off of the Miami Marlins to get in the playoffs, but guess who made the playoffs?. Among the many lessons delivered by the COVID-shortened 2019 season, one ancient one would be easy to overlook…unless you’re J.T. Realmuto. Be careful what you wish for. The Phillies All Star...
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The Marlins still have a lot to prove

I take great pride in being a lifelong Marlins fan. My first experience of intense fandom was the 1997 World Series. Sure, I wasn’t born until the following spring when the Florida Marlins were 15 games under .500 and 17 games back of first place in the NL East by mid-May, but that’s a mere technicality. My parents, who were pregnant with me at the time, sat way up the nosebleeds at Pro Player Stadium and soaked in the excitement of their franchise’s first World Series. I was born with a passion for baseball in my blood.
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