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Preview: Marlins (53-55) at Phillies (49-60)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: September 18, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

The Philadelphia Phillies likely won't avoid their first losing season in a decade, but games against the Miami Marlins are helping them delay the seemingly inevitable.

The Phillies will try for a series-best eighth straight win against the Marlins on Wednesday night, and Zach Miner will seek to help in his first major league start in four years.

Philadelphia (71-80) hasn't posted a sub-.500 record since going 80-81 in 2002 and haven't lost more than 81 games since finishing 65-97 in 2000. Barring an incredible year-ending run, the Phillies won't avoid a sub-.500 finish, but they did further their recent dominance over Miami (55-96) on Tuesday.

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Chase Utley homered and had four RBIs for the second straight game as Philadelphia held on for a 6-4 victory. Carlos Ruiz contributed a two-run single in the third inning, giving him 12 RBIs in his last seven games

Miner (0-1, 3.72 ERA) will try to lead the Phillies to another win in his first start since Aug. 12, 2009. The right-hander is getting the call after Kyle Kendrick developed inflammation in his right shoulder.

"It's very cautionary and conservative," manager Ryne Sandberg told the team's website. "(Kendrick's) felt something the last few weeks. He just wanted to get peace of mind about it. He was still able to pitch and could still pitch now. But it was a precautionary move now to get him checked out."

Miner has made 13 relief appearances since being called up from the minors Aug. 2. He's facing the Marlins, losers in 10 of 12, for the first time.

Miami's Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80 ERA) is starting for the first time since Sept. 7 after having to skip an outing due to tightness in his back. He gave up five runs over three innings in his previous game, a 9-2 loss to Washington on Sept. 7.

"Eovaldi is back, literally back," manager Mike Redmond told the team's website. "It's good. You never know with those things how it's going to act this late in the season. Hopefully, he can bounce back and give us a couple of starts."

Eovaldi hasn't faced the Phillies this season and went 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA in four matchups in 2012. Ruiz went 4 for 6 with three doubles and two RBIs against him in those games while Domonic Brown was 4 for 8.

Juan Pierre, who passed Joe DiMaggio on the all-time hits list Tuesday with 2,215, is the only current Marlins player to have faced Miner, going 0 for 1.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Marlins at Phillies
Mon, Sep 16 Final 2 to 12
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Marlins at Phillies
Tue, Sep 17 Final 4 to 6
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GAME 3
Marlins at Phillies
Wed, Sep 18 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +110   -200   8 
 PHI  -120   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +113   -190   8 
 PHI  -123   +165   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  45%   13%   66% 
 PHI  55%   87%   34% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 4 Over: 10 
 PHI 6 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 2 Over: 14 
 PHI 12 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 1 Under: 7 
 PHI 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 3 Over: 10 
 PHI 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 2 Over: 9 
 PHI 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 3 Cover: +100 
 MIA 0 Under: 3 
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 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 7 Cover: +100 
 MIA 3 Over: 10 
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 May 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 1 Under: 6 
 MIA 5 Cover: +155 
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 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 14 Cover: +175 
 PHI 2 Over: 16 
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 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 2 Cover: +190 
 PHI 0 Under: 2 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 18
 
    Twins at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Mariners at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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