National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 25th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Braves (53-44) at Miami Marlins (45-52), 12:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.50)
Miami - Ricky Nolasco ( 8-8, 3.29)
(Sports Network) - The fire sale continued in Magic City On Tuesday.
A disappointing inaugural season in Marlins Park has forced Miami into a
seller's role as the trade deadline approaches. A day after shipping second
baseman Omar Infante and pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit in exchange for top
pitching prospect Jacob Turner the Marlins made another significant move,
reportedly dealing three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez and reliever Randy
Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for left-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi and
minor-league pitcher Scott McGough.
Ramirez, the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year and 2009 NL batting champion with the
Marlins, has fallen on hard times this season, batting .246 with 14 homers and
48 RBI while playing third base.
Expected to contest for the NL East title, the Marlins are in fourth place, 12
1/2 games behind Washington as they get ready to host the Atlanta Braves in
the rubber match of a three-game set Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Heyward knocked in a pair of runs and Tim Hudson continued his mastery
of Miami on Tuesday as Atlanta edged the Marlins, 4-3.
Hudson (9-4) struggled at the outset, but he retired 16 straight to end his
seven-inning outing. The veteran gave up three runs on five hits with two
strikeouts and one walk to improve to 13-4 lifetime against the Marlins. Craig
Kimbrel finished the game off for his 29th save of the season.
"I was able to settle down and get some quicker outs and guys behind me made
some really great plays," said Hudson.
Seven different Braves recorded the team's seven hits, while Martin Prado and
Freddie Freeman also drove in runs. Atlanta snapped a three-game losing
Wade LeBlanc (1-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up one run on two hits
with a walk in 1 2/3 frames. Jose Reyes hit a two-run home run for Miami,
which has dropped six of seven overall. Mark Buehrle toed the rubber for the
first five innings, giving up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with
four strikeouts and four walks.
"Walking four guys isn't me. I hate walking guys as it is," said Buehrle.
"Bases loaded walk to bring in a run is kind of embarrassing."
Atlanta is just 4 1/2 back of the Nationals in the NL East and still
dreaming of the postseason as they try to finish a seven-game road trip with a
winning record before starting an important stretch of 10 straight games at
Big right-hander Tommy Hanson will take the hill for the Braves in an attempt
to bounce back from one of the worst performances of his career. Hanson, the
team leader in wins and strikeouts, is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts at
Miami but was peppered for a season-high eight runs and two homers in just
four innings during his last outing at Washington.
"I need to do a better job," Hanson told the Braves' website. "If I give up
solo home runs, I'm fine with that. It's three-run home runs that kill you."
His counterpart will be veteran Ricky Nolasco, who is 5-8 with a 4.94 ERA in
21 career appearances (20 starts) versus the Braves.
07/25 10:17:56 ET