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PITCHING MATCHUPS

Tonight – RHP Silva (3-7, 5.79) vs. LHP A. Miller (4-5, 5.22), 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday – RHP Hernandez (5-5, 2.81) vs. LHP Olsen (4-3, 3.27), 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday – RHP Dickey (1-2, 4.71) vs. RHP Tucker (1-1, 5.40), 7:10 p.m.

SCOUTING REPORT

The surprising Florida Marlins come to town for the first time sporting a 37-32 record and holding second place in the National League East.

Many thought the Marlins, who traded starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, were going back to one of their rebuilding modes, but so far, that has not been the case.

The Marlins have done it with an offense that leads the majors in home runs with 103 and fourth in the NL in runs.

The big hitters are second baseman Dan Uggla (19 homers), third baseman Jorge Cantu (14), first baseman Mike Jacobs (16) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (15). Ramirez is one of the great offensive players in the NL, ranking fifth in steals (16) and tied for 11th in homers while batting .288.

The pitching hasn't been as impressive, with a team ERA of 4.53 (13th in the NL). The Marlins are one of the rare teams to have given up more runs than they've scored (337-339).

Former Cougar Mark Hendrickson and Ricky Nolasco lead the team in wins with seven but neither will pitch in this series. The Mariners, though, do have to face tough lefty Scott Olsen (3.27 ERA is 11th in the NL) on Tuesday.



PLAYER TO WATCH

Cantu. After a big season with Tampa Bay in 2005 (28 homers, 117 RBI), he fell out of favor and was released by the Rays last season. He's bounced back in a big way to rank third among NL third basemen in homers.

RECORD VS. MARINERS

These teams have met for only one series in their history. In 2005, the Mariners went 2-1 in Miami.

DID YOU KNOW?

Despite their solid season, the Marlins have struggled recently on the road, going just 4-12 in their last 16 games away from Miami.

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