Sunday, June 26, 2016

Marlins call on Fernandez to clinch Cubs series

Jose Fernandez has yet to face the Cubs in his four-year career, but he'll take the mound as the Marlins eye a series win in the conclusion of a four-game set with Chicago on Sunday at 1:10 p.m ET at Marlins Park.
Fernandez (9-3, 2.36) is coming off his first start since skipping a turn in the rotation to preserve his arm. The result was a no-decision in which he shut out the Braves over seven innings of one-hit ball. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the extra rest helped Fernandez.
"He was good," Mattingly said. "Expect him to just be Jose [on Sunday]. I think the 10 days was, as much as anything, just getting used to doing that one time."
Chicago will send right-hander Jason Hammel (7-3, 2.55) to the hill. Hammel surrendered a season-high four runs to the Cardinals over 5 2/3 innings in his last start. He is 2-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) against the Marlins in his career.
Three things to know about this game
• Fernandez is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three June starts. His 13.05 K/9 rate this month is the highest among Major League starters, just a tick above Stephen Strasburg's 13.03 mark.
• Marcell Ozuna did not play Saturday because of a sore left wrist. Mattingly said he could opt to sit Ozuna Sunday as well to give the outfielder three days of rest with an off-day on Monday.
• Hammel recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings the last time he pitched in Miami -- June 1, 2015.

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