Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins series primer
The Miami Marlins host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series this weekend, with the marquee pitching matchup coming on Sunday afternoon between exciting second-year hurlers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jose Fernandez.
Miami Marlins 1B Garrett Jones comes into this weekend riding a five-game hitting streak.
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By Christina De Nicola
When the Dodgers last came to South Florida in August 2013, it was with much fanfare. All of baseball watched as three prominent rookies squared off against each other.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez outdueled lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu by allowing just one earned run over six innings in a 6-2 victory. He also retired Yasiel Puig all three times -- once via a strikeout -- en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors.
Round 2 will present itself as the Sunday matinee.
Veteran Josh Beckett, who earned the 2003 World Series MVP by clinching the championship in Game 6, opens the series against the organization that selected him in the first round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. In his only other appearance against the Marlins two seasons ago, he gave up four runs in seven innings for the loss.
Lefty Paul Maholm will counter righty Jacob Turner on Saturday. Turner returns from the disabled list after sustaining a shoulder strain. It happened while taking a swing during batting practice on the first road trip of the season. He allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings in his lone 2014 start.
Both teams are coming off a sweep. Los Angeles (17-12) won three in a row in Minnesota, which included a late doubleheader on Thursday. The Marlins (14-14) are back at .500 for the first time since April 10 after besting the NL East-leading Braves.
Miami enters the weekend set 12-4 at Marlins Park for the best home record in the majors.
Here's a look at the upcoming Dodgers-Marlins series:
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
May 2 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.) RHP Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-2, 2.97 ERA)
May 3 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.) LHP Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, 7.50 ERA)
May 4 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.) LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (4-1, 1.59 ERA)
RF Yasiel Puig (Dodgers): In Los Angeles' doubleheader sweep of the Twins on Thursday, Puig went a combined 6 for 10. During one stretch of the three-game series, he reached safely in nine straight plate appearances. He finished with three consecutive multi-hit games, two runs and three RBI.
1B Garrett Jones (Marlins): Will manager Mike Redmond stick with Jones despite a pair of lefty starters toeing the mound for Los Angeles? Jones, a lifetime .192 batter against southpaws, is riding a five-game hitting streak. He is 8 for 18 (.444) with two homers and four RBI during that stretch.
CF Matt Kemp (Dodgers): Kemp's modest four-game hit streak was snapped during the nightcap of the doubleheader. He has just three hits over his past 18 at-bats with two runs, one RBI, two walks and five strikeouts over four games. His average has dropped to .207, its lowest since April 22.
2B Derek Dietrich (Marlins): Despite going 1 for 3 with a run on Thursday, Dietrich is just 2 for his last 14 (.143) with two runs and one RBI. With a pair of lefty starters over the weekend, Redmond will probably go with a right-handed option. Jeff Baker has a .400 average against Maholm.
4: Former Marlins on the current 25-man Dodgers roster (Josh Beckett, Miguel Olivo, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez)
14: Stolen bases for Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, which leads the majors
32: RBI for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, which is tied for first in the big leagues
.533: Career average for Marlins outfielder Reed Johnson against Maholm in 15 at-bats
"Honestly, I like wins. I don't care how we get them. 9-0 is fun, but a game like (Thursday) 5-4 where you're putting guys in some situations they haven't been in and see how they respond -- that's fun, too. I think any manager would say it doesn't matter how you win as long as you win. Love to see guys get big hits and get fired up, and you can just see that chemistry continue to build, and that's some good stuff. -- Manager Mike Redmond on whether a blowout win feels different than a comeback one
"I've never really talked about it with them, but I'm always aware of any situation if it's the eighth inning in a possible save situation. I'm always keeping my mind alert just in case anything can happen. I'm ready to go in any situation. -- Closer Steve Cishek, who earned a four-out save on Thursday for the first time since 2012
"It was a great series, but at the same time already we've seen how quick things can change. We can't go into this next series patting ourselves on the back because we have a pretty good ballclub coming in starting (Friday).-- Third baseman Casey McGehee on sweeping the Braves but readying for the Dodgers
May 2 -- Fireworks Friday; Youth Baseball & Softball Night
May 3 -- Saturday Spectacular; All You Can Eat Special; Nurses Appreciation Night
May 4 -- Family Sunday (Snapshot Sunday and Radio Disney pregame, Diamond Dash postgame); Henderson Alvarez no-hitter kids' baseball; Adopt-O-Mania; Youth Baseball & Softball Day; Pepsi 4-for-$54 Pack