Tonight in MLB: Marlins look to continue home success

Tonight in MLB: Marlins look to continue home success
July 8, 2013, 12:45 pm

The Phillies are 7-13 against teams with losing records in the last month, but with a 7-3 win Sunday, just took four of six from two first-place clubs (see story).

And as the trade deadline approaches, the Phillies aren't making Ruben Amaro's decision-making process very easy (see story).

Now, here's a preview of some of tonight's action around MLB:

Braves at Marlins, 7:05 p.m.
The Miami Marlins didn't hit many home runs during their dismal hitting-challenged start to the season, but a recent power surge has them playing better.

That could spell trouble for the Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor, who has been susceptible to giving up homers in his recent starts.

After being cooled off with their first three-game losing streak in a month, the Marlins try for their seventh win in eight home games Monday night against the Braves.

Although Miami (32-55) ranks near the bottom of the major leagues with 53 homers, the team has had a much different look offensively since getting Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison back in the lineup (see full preview).


Cubs at White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
While he's attracting attention from other teams, Matt Garza claims to be focused on the next start for his current club.

The right-hander will seek to lead the Chicago Cubs to their first season sweep of the White Sox in 15 years in Monday night's makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Garza's name has continued to swirl in trade rumors, but it's hardly hindered his pitching. He's gone 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last four starts.

Garza (4-1, 3.45 ERA) will try to keep rolling by leading the Cubs (38-48) to a 4-0 finish against their crosstown rivals after their May 28 game was rained out. They didn't take as much time to record their only other season sweep of the White Sox, winning three games June 5-7, 1998 (see full preview).

 

Mets at Giants, 10:15 p.m.
The New York Mets' Matt Harvey is hoping to start the All-Star game in front of his home crowd at Citi Field next week.

Delivering a strong showing in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy would surely help his chances.

Harvey has an opportunity to impress Bochy and add to the San Francisco Giants' recent woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

In his first full season, Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) has the third-lowest ERA in baseball and a league-leading 141 strikeouts. The 24-year-old, along with third baseman David Wright, will represent the Mets in the Midsummer Classic (see full preview).

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