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Braves vs. Marlins -- May 11th, 2006 7:05 EST


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Tim Hudson Dontreeeelll Willis

 

Willis to meet Hudson

Atlanta (14-19) at Florida (9-22), 7:05 p.m. ET

 

Now that the Marlins have put an end to one streak, they are hoping to build on another.

 

By rolling over the Braves, 11-3, on Wednesday, the Marlins snapped an 11-game home losing streak, which matched a franchise record. Able to savor their first home win since toppling Washington, 5-3, on April 14, the Marlins now seek their first home series victory of the season.

 

In the series finale Thursday, the Marlins turn to Dontrelle Willis, who is striving to halt his three-game losing streak.

 

Two-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and a single Wednesday, raising his average to .345. Cabrera is in a close race with Brad Ausmus of the Astros and Edgar Renteria of the Braves for the lead in the National League batting race.

 

Initially, the Marlins had slated Sergio Mitre to make this start. But because of an off-day on Monday, the Marlins saw an opportunity to get Willis back on a five-day schedule. Switching Willis with Mitre, who will now start Friday at Pittsburgh, also gave manager Joe Girardi the chance to split up his left-handers.

 

If they didn't move Willis up a day, the Marlins would have thrown left-handed starters in two straight games against the Pirates.

 

The Braves are going with veteran Tim Hudson, who is off to a slow start at 2-3 with a 5.09 ERA.

 

Last year, Hudson was 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against the Marlins. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA at Dolphin Stadium.

 

Pitching matchup

 

FLA: LHP Dontrelle Willis (1-3, 5.15 ERA)

You have to go back to 11 days into Willis' career to find the the last time his ERA was as high as 5.15. On May 20, 2003, Willis' ERA was 7.07. The D-Train quickly regrouped [that year] and won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. After giving up six earned runs (seven total) in 4 2/3 innings in his last start, a loss to the Cardinals, Willis now has surrendered 14 earned runs over 12 innings in his past two starts.

 

ATL: RHP Tim Hudson (2-3, 5.09 ERA)

Hudson was in the midst of another solid outing before being charged with four earned runs in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Mets. The right-hander had tossed two complete games, including both a one-hitter and two-hitter, in his previous three starts. His sinker has provided him recent success. But he feels he's been too predictable in the latter innings with his pitch selection.

 

Player to watch

Renteria, the former Marlin, had has 24-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 Wednesday. Renteria, however, is batting .340 on the season.

 

On the Internet

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On television

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On radio

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Tonight the D-Train will slowly and methodically gun down batters with his sniper like high heater and he will work the outside of the plate like a famished orphan.

 

At the conclusion of of the slaughter, the Braves organization will bow to him and he will be known only as "Il Duce".

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ATLANTA AT FLORIDA -- LINEUPS







ATLANTA								 FLORIDA							   



AVG  HR  RBI							AVG  HR  RBI   



Marcus Giles 2B		 .205   1	6   Hanley Ramirez SS	   .315   2   14   



Edgar Renteria SS	   .340   2   13   Dan Uggla 2B			.287   4   16   



Chipper Jones 3B		.303   2   14   Miguel Cabrera 3B	   .345   5   24   



Andruw Jones CF		 .273   9   30   Josh Willingham LF	  .303   7   27   



Jeff Francoeur RF	   .239   6   22   Joe Borchard RF		 .304   1	5   



Brian Jordan 1B		 .324   3	7   Mike Jacobs 1B		  .191   4   14   



Matt Diaz LF			.263   0	7   Miguel Olivo C		  .221   3	8   



Todd Pratt C			.143   0	0   Alfredo Amezaga CF	  .290   0	2   



Tim Hudson RHP		  .154   0	1   Dontrelle Willis LHP	.154   0	1   



(2-3, 5.09)							 (1-3, 5.15)

 

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Tonight the D-Train will slowly and methodically gun down batters with his sniper like high heater and he will work the outside of the plate like a famished orphan.

 

At the conclusion of of the slaughter, the Braves organization will bow to him and he will be known only as "Il Duce".

 

 

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