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Friday, June 20 (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (33-40) at Miami Marlins (36-36), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) Miami - Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez has allowed just three earned runs over his last five outings, but has only been able to claim one victory in that span.

Alvarez hopes for some better luck on Friday night and another dominating effort against the New York Mets in the second contest of a four-game series.

The right-handed Alvarez has been in the zone since a two-start span in mid- March when he allowed nine earned runs over 10 innings. In his five outings since, he has pitched to a 0.81 earned run average, but his only victory over that time was an eight-hit shutout of Tampa Bay on June 3.

He has logged back-to-back no-decisions since, though Miami has managed to win each of his last six starts. That includes Sunday's 3-2 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Alvarez yielding a pair of runs over seven innings.

Overall, the 24-year-old sits 3-3 with a 2.56 ERA on the year and logged a six-hit shutout the last time he faced the Mets on May 6. Alvarez struck out seven in that outing, improving to 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA in five lifetime starts versus the Mets.

For New York, 33-year-old Daisuke Matsuzaka will look to rebound from an upset stomach that limited him last weekend. He attempted to make his start versus San Diego on Sunday, but only lasted one inning before exiting.

"I came to the ballpark today and I had breakfast and started to feel some pain in my stomach, and I just vomited everything out," Matsuzaka told New York's website through an interpreter. "I knew I wasn't physically fit to fulfill the starter's role, but I wanted to do as much as I could. That ended up being only one inning."

The right-hander was able to pitch an inning of relief on Tuesday and is 3-0 with a save and 2.81 ERA in 21 games with four starts on the year.

Matsuzaka is 1-0 with a 4.61 ERA in four previous meetings with the Marlins, including a pair of relief outings this season.

New York snapped a five-game slide in Miami by taking last night's opener 1-0 behind Zack Wheeler's first career shutout.

Wheeler fanned eight and gave up just three hits and a walk in New York's second straight win, made possible thanks to David Wright's first-inning homer.

"I made a few mistakes, but sometimes they cost you and sometimes they don't and today they didn't," said Wheeler. "I was around the strike zone and getting ahead of guys. It's a lot easier to pitch when you get ahead of guys and attack them."

Wheeler's effort came opposite Andrew Heaney, a highly-touted left-handed prospect who was making his major league debut for the Marlins. Heaney hurled six innings of work, giving up three other hits in addition to Wright's homer.

"You don't know how you're going to react when you're out there," Heaney said. "First few innings just kind of a little antsy, quick to the plate. I had to calm down, slow down and just trust myself."

The Marlins, who have lost six of their past eight overall, were beaten at home by the Mets for only the third time in the last 11 meetings, with Miami notching a three-game sweep at home of New York earlier this season from May 5-7.

06/20 10:32:32 ET

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Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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MIA 100
BOS 84
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BRK 110
DET 105
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SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 48
ALCOR 17
 
1st
SEAT 23
SACST 13
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14