Marlins shifting to a six-man rotation in September

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In part because Wade LeBlanc has earned an opportunity and in part because limiting rookie Jacob Turner’s workload seems like a good idea the Marlins have decided to go with a six-man rotation down the stretch.

Or as manager Ozzie Guillen put it:

I don’t want to burn bullets with a guy when we don’t need it. They’re only going to miss one start, the big boys. It gives us an opportunity to rest those guys and see the kids.

LeBlanc and Turner will join Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco, and Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation and if the Marlins stick with their plan each guy will get 4-5 more starts.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.