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Sunday, June 8 (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (32-30) at Chicago Cubs (25-34), 2:20 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.62) Chicago - Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.00)

(Sports Network) - At 3-3, the record of Henderson Alvarez isn't that impressive this season. Shocking though is all of the wins for the Miami Marlins right-hander have come via shutout.

Alvarez makes his 13th start of the season this afternoon when Miami tries to avoid a three-game series sweep to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Alvarez not only paces the majors in shutouts, the 24-year-old paces the Marlins in ERA (2.62). He's coming off a 1-0 blanking of the Tampa Bay Rays in Miami on Tuesday. Alvarez allowed eight hits and fanned five without walking a batter. Prior to that, he had three consecutive no-decisions.

There is one positive stat that has eluded Alvarez this season ... a road victory. He is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in six away starts compared to 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in his six home appearances this season. Alvarez hasn't posted a road triumph since Sept. 14 last season against the Mets in the opener of a doubleheader.

The only start for Alvarez against the Cubs resulted in a victory at Wrigley Field last Sept. 2.

Jake Arrieta, who has received little run support his last two starts, counters on the mound for the Cubs. The righty allowed just one run over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Mets in a no-decision. He threw 105 pitches in that contest. Before that, on May 27, came a 4-0 loss at San Francisco.

The Marlins are one of eight teams Arrieta has never faced in his career.

A win today would not only give the Cubs their second straight three-game sweep, but a sixth consecutive victory for the first time since July 31 - Aug. 6, 2011 when they won seven in a row.

Junior Lake homered twice in Chicago's 5-2 win yesterday. Lake's solo homers, as well as a two-run shot by Emilio Bonifacio, backed a terrific outing from starter Jeff Samardzija (2-5), who struck out eight and allowed a pair of runs on five hits over seven innings.

"I really love how we're playing right now as a team in all phases," Samardzija said. "I love the way we're swinging it right now and as a pitcher it gives you a lot of confidence to go out there and pound the zone."

Randy Wolf (1-2), who picked up his first win since Sept. 13, 2012 last time out, was roughed up for four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in this one. Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a home run for Miami, losers in two straight following a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

"I thought he pitched alright," Miami manager Mike Redmond said of Wolf. "He kept us in the game. He gave us a chance."

Chicago, which has won eight of its last nine home games, has beaten the Marlins in eight of the last 11 meetings.

06/08 10:23:38 ET

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NCSU 79
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ECU 92
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UNC 45
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CAR 2
 
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MIA 93
LAC 110
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SAC 52
CHI 47
 
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WVU 20
KST 26
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DUKE 20
UNC 45
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TXST 28
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AKR 66
USC 46
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COC 57
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MIAMI 66
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BC 69
NMU 65
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CHAR 106
PSU 97
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MICH 71
DET 62
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BFLD 57
 
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USCU 107
BOBJONES 41
 
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UCF 76
ECKERD 59
 
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GRAM 30
 
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NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
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KEYSTONE 69
 
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VCU 106
MDES 66
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PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
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UNH 63
 
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NIAG 61
 
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PBAT 85
 
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SUNYWEST 49
 
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IOWA 57
TEX 71
 
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TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
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SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
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ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
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CBC 29
 
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MD 66
FORD 50
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WVU 91
GMAS 65
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RAD 61
HOW 52
 
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MURST 89
BRESCIA 56
 
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VILL 72
BUCK 65
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TENST 75
FISK 60
 
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HARV 71
FATL 49
 
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MINN 109
FRANKPRCE 57
 
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MVSU 61
 
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TCU 86
NO 71
 
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NW 69
UNF 67
 
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LSUALEX 79
NWST 89
 
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IND 74
SMU 68
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UAB 71
SFLA 73
 
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UCD 63
 
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SAV 59
WINT 58
 
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NIOWA 73
MRGST 53
 
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CORN 45
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LIP 62
 
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LMU 44
 
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SMISS 67
 
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IDAHO 67
 
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CAL 73
SYR 59
 
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GAELS 76
DEN 62
 
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FRES 48
 
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PAC 77
PACU 52
 
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UCLA 60
NICST 29
 
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PHI 2
MIN 3
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OTT 3
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MON 4
STL 1
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TOR 5
TAM 2
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DET 4
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DAL 3
ARI 1
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CAL 3
CHI 4
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COL 2
WAS 3
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VAN 3
ANA 2
 
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LOS 3
CAR 2
 
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SJS 1
FLA 1
 
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OAK 24
KAN 20