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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, April 12th (All times eastern)

Miami Marlins (5-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-6), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46) Philadelphia - Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley aims to continue his impressive start to the season on Saturday when the Phillies resume a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.

Utley has hit safely in all eight of his starts this season and is batting a robust .469 on the year. That includes a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 6-3 triumph.

Utley will face Nathan Eovaldi Saturday, a pitcher he's struggled against in his career. Utley is just 3-for-15 lifetime against Eovaldi, who is coming off a loss against the Padres on Sunday despite allowing only three runs in seven innings. Eovaldi has walked just one batter and fanned 14 over his first two starts this year. He's 1-4 with a 4.13 ERA in six career starts versus the Phillies.

Jonathan Pettibone counters for the Phillies in his first start of the season. The 23-year-old right-hander went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts during his rookie campaign. That includes a 1-0 mark with a 1.46 ERA in two appearances against the Marlins.

Marlon Byrd had a double and two RBI to pace Philadelphia on Friday, while Ryan Howard had an RBI and two runs scored to help the Phillies snap a four- game skid. Domonic Brown added two hits and drove in a run.

A.J. Burnett threw 4 1/3 frames for Philadelphia before exiting the game with groin soreness as a precautionary measure. He fanned four while allowing two runs and issuing six walks.

Jake Diekman (1-0) struck out the two batters he faced in relief of Burnett to pick up the win. Jonathan Papelbon set Miami down in order in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer and Jeff Baker picked up an RBI for the Marlins, who have lost five straight.

Jose Fernandez (2-1) was knocked around for six runs on eight hits over four- plus innings of work, while striking out six and walking four.

Philadelphia was 12-7 against the Marlins last season.

04/12 10:33:14 ET