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D-Backs seek series split05/23/2004 2:40 PM ET
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The Diamondbacks are hoping for a split as they wrap up a four-game series with the Marlins on Monday afternoon at Pro Player Stadium.
Florida won the first two games of the series, but Arizona, behind the pitching of ace Randy Johnson, beat the Marlins, 4-3, on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks will send right-hander Brandon Webb to the mound against Florida's Carl Pavano in the finale. Webb followed Johnson's perfect game by tossing seven scoreless innings against the Braves on Wednesday. The right-hander left the game with a 4-0 lead but did not get a decision, as the bullpen allowed the Braves to tie the game. Arizona eventually won in extra innings.
After the game the Diamondbacks head to San Francisco, where they will open a three-game series with the Giants on Tuesday.Pitching matchup:
ARI: RHP Brandon Webb
2-3, 2.95 ERA in 2004 first appearance vs. FLA in 2004 0-1, 3.66 ERA vs. FLA in 2003 0-1, 3.66 ERA lifetime vs. FLA FLA: RHP Carl Pavano
3-2, 3.65 ERA in 2004 first appearance vs. ARI in 2004 0-1, 15.00 ERA vs. ARI in 2003 1-1, 9.98 ERA lifetime vs. ARI Player to watch:
Luis Gonzalez is 6-for-9, with two doubles, against Pavano in his career. Quotable:
"It's tough. You don't ever want to be hurt. It's just one of those things. I'm just going to have to deal with it. It's definitely a low point in my career." --Richie Sexson, after re-injuring his left shoulder On the Internet:
Because the Giants were rained out on Sunday, Jason Schmidt will have his start pushed back to Tuesday, against Arizona. The Diamondbacks will face Kirk Rueter on Wednesday and Dustin Hermanson on Thursday. ... The D-Backs have made only made one error through six games of the road trip. On deck:
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