Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 8th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (32-25) at Miami Marlins (32-26), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.69)
Miami - Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)
(Sports Network) - The Miami Marlins hope to put the brakes on a three-game
losing streak this evening when they play the first of three interleague games
against the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park.
Miami had won five of six and seven of nine before the Atlanta Braves came in
and handed the Marlins their first three-game sweep in their new park,
culminating with an 8-2 setback on Thursday.
Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton each homered for the Marlins, who went 0-
for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
"We're in a little slump right now. That's what happens when you face good
teams and good pitching," Miami starter Mark Buehrle said.
Hoping to get them back on track tonight, the Marlins will send right-hander
Ricky Nolasco to the hill. Nolasco beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday,
despite a so-so effort that saw him surrender four runs and eight hits in
seven innings. Still, he improved to 6-3 to go along with a 4.35 ERA.
Nolasco has faced the Rays five times and is 2-3 with an 8.51 ERA. He's also
lost the last three times he's faced them.
The Rays, meanwhile, avoided a sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees on
Thursday, as David Price tossed five solid innings and Drew Sutton had two
RBI, helping Tampa Bay to a 7-3 win
Price (8-3) gave up one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking
four for the Rays, who had scored just one run over the first two games of the
Elliot Johnson, B.J. Upton, Ben Zobrist and Jose Lobaton each had an RBI and
run scored for Tampa Bay, which managed more than four runs for only the third
time in its last nine games.
Hoping for the same type of support tonight will be lefty Jeremy Hellickson,
who is 4-2 on the year with a 2.69 ERA. The American League's reigning Rookie
of the Year found himself in the loss column on Saturday against Baltimore,
despite a terrific outing that saw him allow just one earned run in 6 2/3
Hellickson, who has never faced the Marlins, has allowed three or fewer runs
in eight of his last nine starts.
Tampa was 4-2 against the Marlins a year ago.
06/08 10:49:59 ET