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Marlins Vs. Blue Jays Preview: Miami In Desperate Need Of A Turnaround At Home

The Miami Marlins have been in free fall in June and is looking for a spark. They hope to get one against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The Marlins are probably grateful that the Miami Heat have dominated so much attention in South Beach. If people had been paying closer attention to the Marlins, they would have noticed that the momentum that was built up in May has completely disappeared in June. The Marlins are 4-14 in June, having lost four in a row, seven of their last eight and 13 of their last 15.

Miami hopes that Pitcher Anibal Sanchez will give a quality start. Sanchez (3-5, 3.47 ERA) is coming off a six and a-third innings performance on June 16 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Though that start ended in a no decision, Sanchez is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA in his last three outings.

The Blue Jays will send pitcher Ricky Romero to the hill on Friday. The Blue Jays have won the last four games he started including his most recent start against Philadelphia on June 16, where he went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits in a no decision.

If the Blue Jays offense gives Romero a good amount of run support, the Jays could be well on their way to handing the Marlins yet another June loss. Particularly if Jose Bautista provides more offense, having hit 10 home runs and over 20 RBIs in the last 17 Blue Jays games.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Marlins Park. Television coverage will be provided by Fox Sports Florida and radio coverage will be provided by 790 WAXY AM and 710 WAQI AM.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For more on the Blue Jays throughout this interleague series, visit Bluebird Banter.

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