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Pavano starts Monday matinee
05/23/2004  2:41 PM ET
It's not a Randy Johnson-Dontrelle Willis matchup in terms of hype, but when you look at production, the pairing of Carl Pavano and Brandon Webb pits two of the better right-handers thus far in the National League.

Pavano (3-2), who makes his ninth start of the season on Monday afternoon, hopes to give the Marlins a winning homestand and series victory over the Diamondbacks.

After dropping two straight to the Marlins, Arizona held on for a 4-3 win on Sunday behind Johnson's strong seven innings.

Willis tossed four scoreless innings before the Diamondbacks strung together six straight hits with two outs to score four runs.

Like Pavano, Webb (2-3) hasn't caught a lot of breaks. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings in his last start, at Atlanta, but the bullpen couldn't protect a four-run lead, and he wasn't involved in the decision.

"He's a good pitcher," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon of Webb. "He's not in Randy's class yet. You see on every club, they are going to throw two or three good pitchers at you."

The Marlins faced Webb once last year and lost, 2-1, after giving up two runs in five innings.

"He's got a sinker," said Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell. "He throws strikes and gets a lot of ground balls. He's a guy they count on, just as we count on Carl."

Pavano hasn't had a lot of luck against the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 9.98 ERA in five previous appearances. Last year he gave up five runs in three innings in Arizona. His lone win over the Diamondbacks came in 2000, when he was with the Expos.

Next to Brad Penny, Pavano has been the Marlins' most consistent starter.

"He's done an excellent job," said McKeon.

The Marlins close out their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, and their seven-game homestand, on Monday. They are 3-3 in the first six games.

Arizona is 3-3 on their road trip, which concludes on Monday.

Arizona's offense has taken a blow with the loss of first baseman Richie Sexson, who returned to the disabled list on Sunday because of a shoulder injury.

"Obviously, Richie not being in the lineup takes a little bit of the wind out of our sails," said Arizona manager Bob Brenly. "With him not in the lineup, we're going to have to do the little things."

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

    On the Internet:
     Gameday Audio

  •  Gameday
  •  Official game notes

    On television:

  • ARI: NewsChannel 3
  • FLA: FSN

    On radio:

  • ARI: KTAR 620 AM, KSUN 1400 AM (Español)
  • FLA: 560 WQAM, 1140 AM WQBA (Español)

    On deck:

  • Tuesday: at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday: at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Thursday: at Reds, 12:35 p.m. ET
  • Friday: vs. Mets, 7:35 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: vs. Mets, 6:05 p.m. ET

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