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Marlins Vs. Indians Preview: Carlos Zambrano Hopes To Pitch Miami To An Interleague Victory Over Cleveland

The Miami Marlins open interleague play against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Can Carlos Zambrano continue his strong pitching against the AL Central leaders?

MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on May 13, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on May 13, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The Miami Marlins open up interleague play on Friday night as they travel to Progressive Field in Cleveland to play the AL Central-leading Indians. The Marlins are the best National League team, record-wise, in interleague play with a record of 135-117. In addition to that, the Marlins are 12-4 in May to rebound from a lackluster April. But they also have to contend with the Indians, who are riding a four-game winning streak, thanks in large part to 25 runs and 42 hits in that span.

The man charged with the task of taking care of the Indians for the Marlins is pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano is only 1-2 this season, but he has an ERA of 1.88 and is coming off a seven inning performance while allowing only one run against the New York Mets on May 13.

The Indians counter with pitcher Justin Masterson. He is currently 1-3 on the season with an ERA of 5.40. In his last start against the Boston Red Sox on May 13, Masterson allowed six runs and hitting three batters over six innings.

The Marlins hope to get some offensive production in this game from Hanley Ramirez, who is hitting .381 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in his last 11 games against the American League.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch, with television coverage provided by Fox Sports Florida. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by WAXY 790 AM and WAQI 710 AM

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