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05/11/10 11:35 PM EST

Stage set at Wrigley for Volstad, Silva

Chris Volstad has finally met the enemy. National League batters haven't posed a problem lately. Low-ceiling dugouts in old ballparks are something else, however.

When you stand 6-foot-8, those pose a threat.

On Wednesday, Volstad won't mind having more concerns in the dugout than when he ventures outside to take the mound in Wrigley Field to face the Cubs.

"If I jump up on a hard-hit ball or something, I might crush my head," said Volstad, speaking from experience.

"I got my head one time at Fenway," he said, referring to an Interleague visit to Boston last June. "These parks are pretty similar as far as that goes. Small clubhouse. Small walkways. Low overhangs. You've got to be careful. They must not have had many 6-8 pitchers back then."

Inconveniences aside, the right-hander relishes pitching in baseball cathedrals such as this.

"I love this place," Volstad said. "This is baseball. It's Wrigley Field. It's awesome."

As has been his pitching. In Tuesday night's 3-2 victory, Ricky Nolasco ran to 10 straight the Florida starters' streak of not allowing more than three runs. Volstad has had two of those and comes off two dominant wins over the Nationals.

Suddenly, that's an impressive credit: Washington has lost five games since April 27, and two of them have been to Volstad.

Volstad's previous three starts have followed Marlins losses, so he welcomes the opportunity to pitch Florida to its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Standing in his way will be Carlos Silva, one of Cubs manager Lou Piniella's few pleasant surprises of the season. Silva, whose three wins nearly match the five he totaled in 34 starts for Seattle in 2008-09, will be out to end Chicago's four-game losing slide.

"I've been feeling good," Volstad said. "If you take out that Colorado game [4 1/3 innings on April 25], everything else has been pretty good. I've been using all my pitches. I think that's been the biggest thing. It's giving the hitter something else to think about."

Marlins: Aiming to fully banish road woes
With only Wednesday's finale to go, the Marlins have clinched their first road series since taking two-out-of-three in Philadelphia on April 16-18. ... Through 33 games, the Marlins have yet to have a homer hit from the left side. They had 43 homers by left-handed hitters last season, including nine each by John Baker and Chris Coghlan -- and three by pitcher Josh Johnson.

Cubs: Not all coming easy for Castro
After going 2-for-4 with an error Tuesday, rookie shortstop Starlin Castro now has six hits and five errors in his first five Major League games. ... Alfonso Soriano will have to start a new hitting streak after an 0-for-4 halted him after nine hot games in which he had raised his average from .275 to .340 to by going 16-for-34.

Worth noting
Overlooked in Monday night's game was the fact the Marlins stole for the cycle for the first time in club history: Cameron Maybin swiped second base, Coghlan third and Cody Ross home -- the first time, as uncovered by the Elias Sports Bureau, that Florida stole all three bases in the same game.

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