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Pirates @ MARLINS - July 7th at 7:05 PM

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Pitching matchup

FLA - Carl Pavano (9-3, 2.62)

PIT - Oliver Perez (4-4, 3.22



FLA - FSN Florida

PIT - FSN Pittsburgh



FLA - 560 WQAM, 1140 WQBA (Spanish). Marlins radio network

PIT - 1020 KDKA




Gameday Audio



- Luis Castillo's walk in the fourth inning last night gave him 425 for his career, the most of any Marlin

- Josh Beckett will visit a burn specialist at the Univeristy of Miami today

- After the game the Pirates will be heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a 4-game series with the Expos.




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Marlins looking for series win

Pittsburgh (37-44) at Florida (43-41), 7:05 p.m. ET

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com


Rallying to a 6-3 win on Tuesday night not only snapped the Pirates' 10-game winning streak, it also put the Marlins in position to take their first series since beating the Braves two-of-three on June 22-24.


The Marlins will go for two in a row on Wednesday, with All-Star right-hander Carl Pavano seeking his 10th win.


The Marlins are 13-3 in Pavano's starts.


Pavano had a six-game win streak snapped in his previous start, a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.


Since joining the Marlins in July of 2002, Pavano is 24-18 with a 3.79 ERA.


Pavano has faced the Pirates eight times in his career, with his last win over them on Sept. 8, 2002.


Pitching matchup

PIT: LHP Oliver Perez


4-4, 3.22 ERA in 2004

First appearance vs. FLA in 2004

0-1, 11.25 ERA lifetime vs. FLA


FLA: RHP Carl Pavano


9-3, 2.92 ERA in 2004

first appearance vs. PIT in 2004

3-3, 5.53 ERA lifetime vs. PIT


Players to watch

Alex Gonzalez, who connected on the game-winning, three-run homer on Tuesday, has reached 10 home runs for the third time in his career. Gonzalez is third on the team in RBIs with 37. ... Hee Seop Choi batted second on Tuesday for the first time at any level of organized ball. Choi went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He hasn't started much against left-handed starters and may not face Perez on Wednesday.



"With him, it's more of a rhythm thing. When he tries to do too much, he gets in trouble." -- Catcher Matt Treanor on Dontrelle Willis


Quick hits

Luis Castillo's fourth-inning walk was his 425th as a Marlin, establishing a franchise record previously held by Gary Sheffield with 424. ... The Marlins set a franchise mark for futility with runners in scoring position. The stretch reached 0-for-30 before Choi singled to center. ... With his single in the sixth inning, Willis is now 10-for-32 (.313) at the plate on the season. The D-Train's on-base percentage is .389. ... In his Major League debut, Josh Willingham went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

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The 4-4 record that Perez brings to Pro Player tonight is not that impressive, but that 3.22 era is a little more on the impressive side (also that 113:33, k:w)


Last outing (win) he went 7 innings struck out 11, walked 1, and gave up 1 earned run. It looks like the kid (23 years old) is generally pitching well but not getting good run support.

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Guest FishFanInPA

I'm starting both perez and Pavs tonight so im looking for a 1-0 duel



I hope you are palnning on the Marlins getting the 1.



Damn straight, Pierre scoring on a Cabrera RBI. :D

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