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What: Regular Season Game # 12

Where: Minute Maid Park

When: April 16th, 8:05 PM

Broadcast: TV -- FSN Florida, Radio -- 560 WQAM, 1140 AM WQBA (Spanish)


Game Preview


Inclement weather in Atlanta has shaken up the Marlins' rotation in Houston.

With Saturday's rainout, Anibal Sanchez now finds himself getting the nod on Monday at Minute Maid Park.


When he last faced the Astros, Sanchez ended up being on the winning end of a decision against one of the game's all-time greats. Last July 14, when Sanchez was a rookie, he gave up one run in seven innings. The losing pitcher that day was Roger Clemens.


Sanchez was set to start on Sunday in Atlanta, but Saturday's rainout shifted those plans. So Sanchez was pushed back a day.


The Astros are going with left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.


The Marlins went 3-4 against the Astros in 2006, including a 1-2 mark at Minute Maid Park. Overall, Florida is 20-39 at Houston, and 9-14 at Minute Maid Park.


Florida heads into Houston coming off an 8-4 loss on Sunday to the Braves.


Pitching matchup


FLA: RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 5.40)

In his last start, Sanchez logged his first win of the season, beating the Brewers. In six innings, he gave up three runs on eight hits and threw 93 pitches. The right-hander walked three and struck out one. His fastball command wasn't as sharp as it has been, but he was able to get big outs, a trait he has shown since being called up from Double-A last June.


HOU: LHP Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 3.86)

Rodriguez will pitch on regular rest, flip-flopping with Chris Sampson to open the short homestand with the Marlins. Rodriguez made three appearances versus Florida last year, including one start. He allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings for an 8.44 ERA. In his career, Rodriguez is 1-1 over four games with a 6.17 ERA versus Florida.


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