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Wednesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (52-85) at Chicago Cubs (58-80), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Brian Flynn (0-0, 0.00)
Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13)
(Sports Network) - Towering southpaw Brian Flynn makes his Major League debut
for the Miami Marlins when they visit Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon for
the finale of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
A seventh-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2011, Flynn was acquired
by the Marlins last season as part of the deal that sent starter Anibal
Sanchez to the American League.
The 6-foot-7, 239-pounder played with three teams at the Single-A and Double-A
levels in 2012 and was a combined 11-5 with a 3.91 earned run average in 27
He's spent 2013 at Double-A and Triple-A while combining to win seven of 19
decisions, though he's maintained a 2.63 earned run average across 27 starts
and 161 innings, walking 43 batters and striking out 147.
A spot on the 40-man roster was cleared when the Marlins designated Jordan
Brown for assignment.
He's opposed by Chicago right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who's gone 2-0 in four
starts since last losing at Philadelphia on Aug. 8.
Samardzija pitched a combined 17 innings in the two victories, allowing just
three runs on 13 hits while defeating Washington, 11-1, and winning at San
In 15 starts this season at Wrigley, he's 3-5 with a 4.70 ERA.
In 12 career meetings with the Marlins, Samardzija is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in
25 1/3 innings.
On Tuesday, Christian Yelich and Donovan Solano each drove in two and finished
with three hits, as the Marlins nabbed a third straight win by defeating the
Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano each plated a run as well and Miami's
bullpen turned in 4 2/3 hitless innings of relief behind starter Tom Koehler
to notch the team's first three-game win streak since July 31-Aug. 2.
Edwin Jackson (7-15) was tagged for three runs on seven hits over five frames
to take the loss, his fourth in six starts.
The Marlins entered the week with a slim 82-81 lead in the all-time series
between the teams, though the Cubs won three of four when they played in Miami
from April 25-28.
09/04 10:32:16 ET