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9/5, 7:05 PM - Arizona( 64-73) vs Marlins(69-68)


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Playoff momentum is picking up daily around the youthful Marlins.

Rallying from a five-run deficit on Monday for their largest comeback victory of the season, the Marlins enter Tuesday night riding a four-game winning streak.


The Marlins have now won 13 of 15, and remain in the thick of the Wild Card race.


Dontrelle Willis takes the mound for Florida on Tuesday, while Arizona is going with Claudio Vargas, who once was in the Marlins' system.


Coming off a no-decision at St. Louis, in a game he was in line to win until an eighth-inning lead was wiped out, Willis again shoots to even his record. The D-Train has been impressive of late, even if he hasn't always had something to show for it.


The workhorse of the staff, Willis has logged 186 1/3 innings. The left-hander is well on his way to his second straight 200-plus innings season.


This will be Willis' 29th start. At home, he is 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA.


Lifetime against Arizona, Willis is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA.


Vargas is 5-4 (4.70 ERA) on the road this season.


Tuesday morning, manager Joe Girardi is expecting to become a father for the third time. Girardi's wife, Kim, is scheduled to have labor induced after the couple drops their kids off at school. If all goes well, Girardi will be back at the stadium in time for Tuesday's game.


Able to expand their roster all month, the Marlins are expected to make some additions Tuesday. Some candidates are pitchers Jim Brower, Paul Mildren and Scott Tyler.


Pitching matchup




FLA: LHP Dontrelle Willis (9-10, 3.91 ERA)

Splendid in his last start, Willis settled for a no-decision at St. Louis, giving up one run in seven innings. But the Marlins were unable to preserve a 2-1 lead after the D-Train exited. Willis has won his last two decisions, and in his last three starts, he has given up five runs in 21 innings. Willis is looking to even his record for the first time since he was 1-1 on April 25.




ARI: RHP Claudio Vargas (10-9, 5.15 ERA)

Vargas' last outing against the Padres on Wednesday was brief as he only lasted five innings. The right-hander fell behind in the count early and often while giving up three runs on six hits. Vargas was able to work out of jams as he stranded six runners on the night. He wasn't helped with much run support as the D-Backs plated a lone run while he was on the hill.


Player to watch

All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs on Monday. Uggla now has driven in 81 runs to go along with 22 homers. He now holds the team's rookie RBI record, topping the 79 by Jeff Conine in 1993.


On the Internet


Gameday Audio

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? Official game notes


On television



On radio

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Credit: MLB.com


Lets keep the winning streak alive!

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People (particularly the lukewarm fans) get really turned off if they drive all the way to the stadium in bad weather and the game ends up being postponed. If the weather is hopeless they need to announce it early.



I agree... Maybe they are just waiting another few hours to see if anything happens (Weather starts clearing up).

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