MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez's a pitcher, and that's not his only position. He'll throw a batter out at first base while sitting on the mound. He'll lie flat on his back while watching a teammate make a play.
Most of all, Alvarez will rise to the occasion when the Miami Marlins really need him. He has been doing it for weeks.
The Marlins are unbeaten in Alvarez's past nine starts, keeping them afloat in the NL East after ace Jose Fernandez's season-ending elbow injury. They won again Tuesday, when Alvarez allowed two runs in seven innings to help beat Philadelphia.
Alvarez plays with a theatrical flair, and may run the risk of rubbing the opposition the wrong way. But Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said there's more leeway for a pitcher who's good.