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38 Michael Morse 1B
Height/Weight: 6-5/245 | Birthdate: 3/22/1982 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Miami | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $6,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 24/8 | Average Draft Position: 224.25
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Struggling Marlins first baseman Michael Morse sits again Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) For the second straight game, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse will be out of the starting lineup. Morse will be on the bench for Friday's game against the Orioles, while Justin Bour gets another start at first.

Morse's struggles this season have been well-documented, and they will earn him another night on the bench for the Marlins.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse will not start against Diamondbacks


(5/21/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse, who has struggled in the month of May, will not start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

In his last eight games, Morse has hit .167/.200/.167. He will be replaced by Justin Bour in the lineup for the second time in four games.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse returns to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Struggling first baseman Michael Morse is in the Marlins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Morse, who was benched for Monday's contest, will bat seventh in the order for just the second time this season.

Morse has had a tough time at the plate all year, and has been held hitless over his last five games. Overall, he has just eight hits and one RBI in 40 at-bats this month.


Marlins 1B Justin Bour moved to cleanup in lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour will bat fourth in the lineup on Monday against the Diamondbacks, the first time he has done so this year, the team announced.

Bour, who will make just his fifth start of the year, will replace Michael Morse at first. Marcell Ozuna, the normal cleanup hitter, will slide down to fifth.

"Putting Justin there, putting him in the four hole," manager Dan Jennings said to Fox Sports Florida. "Trying to create some left, right leverage in the lineup. Let's see what happens. As I told these guys. There are 13 position players that are going to be utilized. We'll get guys days off, we'll use the bench, we'll rest our regulars. We all need to be ready to contribute when the bell rings.

J.T. Realmuto also returns to the lineup on Monday after getting the day off Sunday.

The Marlins are currently the favorites (-122) against Arizona.


Marlins rest Mike Morse, Christian Yelich vs. southpaw Alex Wood


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse and left fielder Christian Yelich were given the day off against left-hander Alex Wood and the Braves on Saturday. Jeff Baker will take over at first base and bat fifth, while Ichiro Suzuki will bat sixth and play left field in Yelich's absence.

Morse has been held without a hit over his last 11 at-bats. He is hitting .214 on the year and is a .143 lifetime hitter against Wood.

Yelich is a lifetime .409 (9 for 22) hitter against the southpaw, but is hitting.160 (4 for 25) since returning from the disabled list.

Miami is favored (-125) at home against Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse collects three hits on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse seems to be emerging from an extensive slump at the plate. Morse, who was benched for a three-game stretch last week, picked up his first three-hit performance of the season in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. He now has six hits and an RBI over his last three games.

Morse is still hitting just .236 with two home runs on the season, but he has been a much better hitter in May than April during his career. Morse has a lifetime .313 batting average in May, compared to .243 in March/April. 


Marlins 1B Michael Morse back in lineup for Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) After being held out of the last three games due to an ongoing slump, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse returned to the lineup for Thursday's game at San Francisco, reports the Sun Sentinel

Morse is hitting just .193 on the season and he was benched in favor of Justin Bour. Morse will face the Giants, who he helped lead to a World Series title last season. Morse will bat sixth and go against Tim Hudson, who he is 6 for 29 against in his career with one double.

The Marlins are the underdogs (+125) at San Francisco on Thursday.


Michael Morse still not starting for Marlins on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Struggling first baseman Michael Morse was held out of the Marlins lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday. Morse hasn't recorded a hit since April 28, and will receive his fourth day off in the last five games.

Justin Bour, who has seven hits in 14 at-bats since being recalled on April 25, was the starting first baseman for the third straight day for manager Mike Redmond.


Nationals 1B Michael Morse on benching: I understand


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) If you figure Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is upset with Mike Redmond for playing Justin Bour ahead of him lately, figure again. He completely understands.

Morse, after all, is batting just .183 with two home runs and eight RBI in 23 games. He has fanned 28 times, including in three of four at-bats Sunday. So never mind the two-year, $16 million deal he signed in the offseason.

"I'm always just about winning and I'm happy for anybody that gets a chance to play - especially [Justin] Bour," Morse told the Miami Herald. "He's swinging the bat awesome. ... Even if I was in there (Tuesday) I'd probably run into the manager's office and tell them, 'Better play that guy.'"

Bour has seven hits in 12 at-bats and homered Monday.


Marlins first baseman Michael Morse out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, with Justin Bour drawing the start, according to the Miami Herald.

Morse will get his second day off in the last three after struggling at the plate early on in the year. Morse is hitting just .193 with two home runs and eight RBI in 88 at-bats. Bour is 6 for 9 with a double so far this season.

The Marlins are currently the underdogs (+170) against Washington Monday.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse gets rare day off Saturday vs. Phillies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse was given the day off and held out of the lineup on Saturday. Morse, who is sitting for just the second time this season, is batting a subpar .154 with zero home runs and one RBI over his last 10 games. He is just 6 for 22 lifetime against Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

Jeff Baker received replaced Morse at first base on Saturday against the Phillies, and batted fifth for manager Mike Redmond. This is Baker's first start of 2015, as he has received just six pinch-hit at-bats for the Marlins. With the lefty Hamels on the mound for the Phillies, the Marlins have opted to keep Justin Bour on the bench.


Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Morse, J.T. Realmuto drive in runs for Marlins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Marlins got RBI from three players in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Mets. 

Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run in the sixth to put the Marlins on top and record his 18th RBI of the season.

J.T. Realmuto singled in Stanton for his third RBI of the year. 

Michael Morse singled in the game-winning run in the eighth for his eighth RBI of the year. 


Marlins 1B Michael Morse belts 100th career HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse uncorked his 100th career home run during Wednesday's 6-2 victory over Atlanta.

Morse took Atlanta reliever Cody Martin deep for a solo home run over the left field wall in the sixth inning to give Miami a comfortable 5-0 advantage. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He has three hits, including a double over his last seven at-bats. He is hitting .265 (9 for 34) with a home run and six RBI in nine games.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse rebounds with two hits in loss to Braves


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) After going hitless and striking out three times on Tuesday, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse went 2 for 4 in the team's loss to the Braves.

Morse was the only Marlin to have multiple hits in the game on Wednesday, singling twice. 


Marlins 1B Michael Morse goes hitless in 12-2 loss


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse struggled at the plate in Tuesday's 12-2 loss to the Braves. 

Morse, 33, struck out three times and left six runners on base, going hitless in four appearances at the plate. In two games this season, he has posted a batting average of .125. 


Marlins' Michael Morse batting cleanup on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Marlins have announced their starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day matchup against the Braves in Miami, with offseason acquisition Michael Morse slotted into the cleanup spot.

Morse is coming off a hot spring in which he hit .347/.429/.673 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 29 at-bats. He'll hit behind No. 3 hitter Giancarlo Stanton and ahead of third baseman Martin Prado.

The full Marlins lineup: 2B Dee Gordon, LF Christian Yelich, RF Stanton, 1B Morse, 3B Prado, CF Marcell Ozuna, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, SP Henderson Alvarez.


Marlins planning off days for Michael Morse to help avoid injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday he will give veteran first baseman Michael Morse days off throughout the season in an effort to keep him off the trainer's table, per The Miami Herald.

"That's definitely something we'll monitor with him -- his health," Redmond said. "Will there maybe be some extra days off for him? We'll see and monitor that as he goes. Really the important thing for him is to keep him on the field. He knows that and we know that.

"But the beauty of our bench is we have options. We have [Jeff Baker]. We have Don Kelly. We can play them if [Morse] needs a blow. Martin Prado too. These guys, they want to play every single day. But at the same time too we need to be smart because we need them for the whole season. Keeping these guys together, healthy and strong is important as well."

Morse is having a productive spring, batting .348 (16 for 46) with one double, four home runs and 14 RBI in 18 games. He also has five walks and 11 strikeouts.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse homers twice in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse went 3 for 3 with two home runs in Monday's 12-3 loss to the Mets.

Morse took New York starter Jacob deGrom deep in the first inning and came back in the sixth to smash a second home run off Buddy Carlyle. His big game makes him 11 for 29 with four home runs and four walks this spring.


Michael Morse signs two-year, $16 million deal with Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Outfielder Michael Morse's agent confirmed he's signed a contract with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $16 million for two years.

Morse played a crucial part in San Francisco's championship run in 2014, batting .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.


Michael Morse agrees to two-year deal with Marlins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Free agent outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has agreed to a deal with the Marlins, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. MLB.com reports it is a two-year deal, pending a physical. FOX Sports was first to report Morse was close to a deal with Miami.

Morse heads to Miami with a .281/.335/.473/.808 slash line over 10 seasons in the majors. He helped San Francisco to a World Series title in 2014, while batting .279 with a .475 slugging percentage, 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games.

In nine career games at Marlins Park, Morse has a .314 average, .457 slugging percentage, .771 OPS, one triple, three doubles and five RBI.


Giants chances of re-signing Michael Morse appear to be fading


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) It appears re-signing outfielder Michael Morse is becoming less likely of an option for the Giants, according to SFGate.com.

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the Giants remain in talks with Morse. However, he is getting a lot of interest from AL teams looking for a DH.

"He’s got interest from other suitors on a multiyear basis, and the market may ultimately sweep him away," Evans said.

The 32-year-old Morse spent the 2014 season with the World Series champs. He hit .279 with a .475 slugging percentage, .811 OPS, 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 games.


Report: Michael Morse might become option for Rangers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Rangers are now exploring the possibility of targeting outfielder Michael Morse in free agency since veteran outfielder Torii Hunter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins, according to USA Today.

The 32-year-old Morse spent the 2014 season with the World Series champion Giants. He hit .279 with a .475 slugging percentage, .811 OPS, 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 games.


Report: Orioles showing 'string interest' in OF Michael Morse


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Orioles have showed "strong interest" in signing free agent outfielder Michael Morse, according to Bob Nightengale of the USA Today. If Morse signs with Baltimore, he would be filling the void left by Nelson Cruz, who recently signed a four-year deal with the Mariners.

Morse hit .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games before winning a World Series title with the Giants. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.


Jocketty: Reds targeting Michael Morse, Norichika Aoki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that his team will target outfielders Michael Morse and Norichika Aoki in free agency, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds prefer to add to the offense via free agency rather than through a trade, and the outfield is a clear area of need, as none of the team's outfielders who logged at least 200 at-bats in 2014 was able to manage an OPS of .700 or better. A free-agent addition would presumably be brought in to man left field next to Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce.


Report: Mets could target outfielder Michael Morse in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Mets could have interest in signing free agent outfielder Michael Morse, according to multiple reports.

The New York Post reports Morse is a player the Mets are considering targeting in free agency, a source said. However, Newsday reports the Mets' interest in the veteran outfielder is limited because of concerns with his health and defensive skills.

Morse helped the Giants to a World Series victory in 2014. He hit .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 games during the regular season. In the playoffs, he hit .500 (2 for 4) in the NLCS against St. Louis, and then hit .250 (4 for 16) with four RBI in the World Series against the Royals. He missed the NLDS due to an oblique injury.