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Friday, April 5th (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (0-3) at New York Mets (2-1), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) NY Mets - Jeremy Hefner (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - California-born right-hander Alex Sanabia makes the first start in what he hopes will be an extended stay in the majors this season when the Miami Marlins visit Citi Field for the first of three weekend games with the New York Mets.

Just 24 years old, Sanabia reached the big leagues two years ago and was 5-3 in 15 appearances - 12 starts - with a 3.73 earned run average across 72 1/3 innings.

He was hit by injuries and spent the bulk of his season - 18 starts - in the minors in 2012 while going 6-7 with a 4.08 ERA. In three outings with Miami, he posted a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings while walking three and striking out eight.

Sanabia has made three of his 18 appearances in the majors against the Mets, winning two of three decisions while allowing 13 hits and six earned runs - with five strikeouts and a walk - in 13 1/3 innings.

Replying for the Mets is second-year righty Jeremy Hefner, who's beginning the season in the starting rotation thanks to the shoulder injury suffered by Johan Santana, who'll miss all of 2013.

Hefner made 13 starts in 26 overall appearances as a rookie in 2012 and was 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA in 93 2/3 innings of work.

He allowed a .287 opposition batting average and was touched for 55 runs while walking 62 batters.

Hefner made three appearances against the Mets from Aug. 8 through the end of last season, pitching an inning of scoreless relief before allowing two runs on six hits in the second outing and two runs on five hits in the third.

On Thursday in Washington, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and scored twice as the Nationals beat the Marlins, 6-1, to complete a three-game sweep.

Justin Ruggiano hit a homer for the Marlins, who were outscored by an 11-1 margin in the series. Wade LeBlanc (0-1) got the start and allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over five innings.

Miami's lone run of the series came in the second. Ruggiano led off the frame with a blast to right, cutting the gap to 2-1.

"That's what happens with young teams; you almost have to play perfect out there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "If we give them extra outs or extra opportunities, they're going to take advantage of it. They were able to do that today."

In New York, Eric Stults combined with five San Diego relievers on a five- hitter as the Padres finally cooled off the Mets' hot bats with a 2-1 victory.

The Mets had pasted San Diego pitching for 19 runs in winning the first two tests of this season-opening series, but managed just three hits off Stults during a five-inning stint in which the left-hander racked up seven of the Padres' 14 strikeouts.

John Buck went 2-for-4 and Justin Turner accounted for the Mets' three other hits, while Dillon Gee (0-1) yielded just one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in a hard-luck loss.

"He pitched very well, kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Gee. "I hope he puts the health issues behind him, because his stuff's good enough and he showed today than when he makes pitches he's gonna get easy outs."

The Mets won 12 of 18 games with the Marlins last season - including seven of nine in New York.

04/05 10:45:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR