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Mets @ Marlins, 8/3/2006, 7:05 p.m. Dolphin Stadium

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(64-42) AT (50-57)




Martinez AT Willis

(8-4, 3.59 ERA) (6-8, 4.27 ERA)







What could have been yet another thrilling last-inning comeback for the Marlins on Wednesday ended up being a tough 6-5 loss.

Chalk up another learning experience for the young squad to build upon.

Now with the series tied, the Marlins send ace Dontrelle Willis to the mound on Thursday, looking to take two out of three from the Mets.

Willis gets a tough draw, as New York counters with ace Pedro Martinez.

Willis has gone four straight starts without a win. The 24-year-old left-hander last won on July 7, beating the Mets at Shea Stadium.

Traditionally, Willis has enjoyed some of his greatest success facing the Mets. He is 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA lifetime against them.

Martinez is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA against the Marlins this season; he's 5-5 with a 2.68 ERA against them for his career.

The Mets lead the season series with the Marlins, 7-4.

Pitching matchup

FLA: LHP Dontrelle Willis (6-8, 4.27 ERA)

Roughed up for eight runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings in his last start in Philadelphia, Willis had his shorting outing of the season. Encountering a wild spell in a seven-run third inning, the D-Train looks to regroup against the Mets.

NYM: RHP Pedro Martinez (8-4, 3.59 ERA)

After he allowed four runs to the first six batters he faced in his return against the Braves on Friday night, Martinez made a startling reversal, retiring 16 of his subsequent 18 batters and in economic fashion -- 55 pitches. It seemed as though he hadn't missed a turn, much less a month. He said he needs to regain his stamina. Not much else was missing.

Player to watch

Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca has six hits in the first two games of the series against his former team.

On the Internet


Gameday Audio

? Gameday

? Official game notes

On television



On radio

? 560 WQAM, 1140 WQBA (Espa?ol)

Up next

? Friday: Dodgers (RHP Derek Lowe, 8-7, 4.29) at Marlins (RHP Anibal Sanchez, 4-1, 4.46), 7:35 p.m. ET

? Saturday: Dodgers (RHP Chad Billingsley, 2-3, 3.93) at Marlins (RHP Josh Johnson, 9-5, 2.52), 6:05 p.m. ET

? Sunday: Dodgers (LHP Mark Hendrickson, 4-12, 4.11) at Marlins (LHP Scott Olsen, 9-4, 3.90), 1:05 p.m. ET




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Hammer hasnt caught a game in months. Oh and do you trust Hammer to be sharp on "wild" pitches in the dirt? Dontrelle is known to put many pitches in the dirt.


And the hbp in the legs. With this 2 pitcher up and 2 tough game last night. I got a feeling we might see both team benches get clear again. Plus don't forget last series double header against the Mets.

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