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6/15 - Marlins @ Cubs -- 2:20 PM


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Radio: WQAM 560 WQBA 1140(Sp)

Start Time: 2:20 ET


A.J Burnett 3-4 3.09 ERA



Greg Maddux 5-3 4.11 ERA


Scotuing Report on A.J:

Scouting Report:

In his previous start, Burnett struck out 10, giving him 635 career strikeouts, establishing a Marlins record previously held by Ryan Dempster (628). Despite an impressive showing, Burnett was not involved in the decision, and he still hasn't collected a win since April 29 against the Phillies. Burnett remains overpowering at times, with his fastball being clocked on occasion at 100 mph. His off-speed pitches, too, are effective.


Maddux should be feeling pretty pumped up after his last start. The veteran right-hander not only beat the defending World Series champs, he also hit a home run, the fifth of his career. Maddux held the Red Sox to three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last start. He's now 2-0 in June, and 2-2 at home. He has 310 career wins, tied for 18th on the all-time win list with Charley "Old Hoss" Radbourn.



Marlins' Line Up:

1. Juan Pierre

2. Luis Castillo

3. Miguel Cabrera

4. Carlos Delgado

5. Mike Lowell

6. Paul LoDuca

7. JuanEncarnacion

8. Alex Gonzalez

9. Alan James Burnett


Cubs' Line Up:

1. Neifi Perez

2. Corey Patterson

3. Derrek Lee

4. Jeremy Burnitz

5. Aramis Ramirez

6. Todd Walker

7. Todd Hollandsworth

8. Michael Barrett

9. Greg Maddux



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THE NL East Crown is slowly slipping away....I know its not THAT MUCH to overcome...but we need these types of wins.


Wake up, offense.


I hate how we blow our loads and score 9 runs and then get shut out the next game....I wish we would just split those games in half and score 5 in each....

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Yahoo! Sports Game Preview

Florida's A.J. Burnett will try to stymie Chicago's hot bats as the Marlins and Cubs play the finale of their three-game series at Wrigley Field.


Burnett jumped out to a 3-0 record with a 2.43 ERA in April, but has not won a game in seven starts since despite a 3.63 ERA over that span. The hard-throwing right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts against Chicago.


The Cubs backed Sergio Mitre's five-hitter with 18 hits in a 14-0 victory over Florida on Tuesday, their biggest margin of victory this season.


Marlins starter Josh Beckett allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings before being forced to leave with a blister on his right middle finger -- a problem that has plagued him in his career.


Aramis Ramirez hit two home runs and drove in four runs for Chicago. With the wind blowing hard out of Wrigley Field, the Cubs took advantage, ending a two-game stretch in which they were outscored 17-2.


The Cubs had 10 extra-base hits, including Derrek Lee's NL-leading 18th homer. Lee also had two doubles and a run-scoring single, driving in three runs to tie him for the NL lead with 56.


``It was a great day to hit,'' Lee said. ``The wind was blowing out pretty hard, so if you got it in the air you had a good chance today. It was definitely a great-hitting day.


The Wrigley Field crowd chanted ``MVP!'' after Lee just missed hitting for the cycle.


``It's a good feeling,'' Lee said. ``They're appreciate what you're doing and they're showing their support. It's a great feeling and it psyches you up a little bit.''


Greg Maddux will take the mound for Chicago on Wednesday. Maddux has an 18-9 career record and 2.60 ERA in 34 career starts against Florida. The veteran right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA over his last three starts.

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