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Marlins Vs. Giants Preview: Miami Hopes To Keep San Francisco Starter Tim Lincecum Struggling

The Miami Marlins play the second of four games against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Marlins Park. They match up against Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, who has been struggling this season with a 2-4 record with a 6.04 ERA. He hopes that starting against the Marlins, whom he is 2-0 with a 2.11 career ERA in three starts against Miami. However, all three of those games were in San Francisco.

The Marlins counter with Josh Johnson, who has a 2-3 record with a 4.82 ERA. However, he has won 2 consecutive starts, including his last one against the Cleveland Indians on May 20 where he went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts.

Melky Cabrera could be a big factor in this game and Johnson needs to shut him down. Over his last 22 games, the left fielder has batted .440, but faces a stiff challenge against Johnson, whom he is only 2-for-10 against in his career.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 start with television coverage provided by Fox Sports Florida. Radio coverage will be provided by WAXY 790 AM and WAQI 710 AM.

We'll have plenty more throughout the week on this series, so stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For the opponent's perspective throughout the week, visit McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants blog. For all your baseball news, visit Baseball Nation.

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