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with a win Saturday in the middle game of a series against the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.The Pirates (70-71) http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-mitch-moreland-jersey , who won their fourth straight, 5-3, in the opener Friday, need to win what would seem to be an attainable but hardly simple 12 of their final 21 games to finish over .500.Things are bleaker for the Marlins (56-85), who have lost three of five. They need to win seven of their last 21 games just to avoid losing 100 games for the third time in team history.Article continues below ...“No one wants to be part of a 100-loss team,” starter Dan Straily said going into what was a no-decision Friday. “Everyone in this room should want to avoid 100 losses. There’s only way not to do that.”The Marlins hit triple digits in losses in 1998 (54-108) and 2013 (62-100).Straily left in the fifth Friday with a strained left oblique but is considered day to day, the club said.Pittsburgh might have hit a setback Friday when right fielder Gregory Polanco left the field with some assistance in the sixth after an awkward leaping slide into second on a double. The Pirates reported he had pain in his left knee and left shoulder.Miami left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (6-9, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to start against right-hander Ivan Nova (7-9, 4.35 ERA) Saturday.Chen has thrown more than 100 pitches in three of his past four starts. He is coming off a 6-3 win last Saturday against Toronto when he held the Blue Jays to one run and three hits Tony Conigliaro Jersey , tied a career high with eight innings pitched and at one point retired 14 batters in a row.“He’s been really good for a while now,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s good to see that confidence in him. We’re seeing a guy that we thought we had a couple of years back before all this elbow stuff went down.”Chen has no lingering issues from elbow and shoulder problems that plagued him in recent years.“I probably feel the best over the last two or three years,” he said, adding that he’s also putting a big effort into preparation.“I’ve been trying to study hitters, watch videos, and talk to (catcher J.T. Realmuto) a lot. I do the homework day in and day out, and I think that helps me execute the pitch during the game.”Saturday’s game will be a test of whether he can do that on the road. He has a 1.77 ERA in 12 home starts, but a 9.35 ERA in 10 road starts.Nova’s last start was supposed to be Sunday, but instead he was granted a leave from the team for personal reasons.He has not pitched since Aug. 28 Rafael Devers Jersey , when he gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis. The Cardinals had 11 runners against him, five of them reaching on doubles.“It was on and off, on and off. I didn’t put it together, and it wasn’t my best effort,” Nova said.He is 5-5 with a 3.87 ERA over his past 14 starts.The Marlins might be a timely opponent. Nova is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three career starts against Miami, including a 7-3 win April 15 when he struck out nine. OAKLAND, Calif. — The Seattle Mariners will hope veteran right-hander Mike Leake continues his fine pitching against the Oakland Athletics when the two American League wild-card hopefuls meet for a second consecutive day on Friday night.The third-place Mariners (75-59) gained a game on the A’s (80-55) in the series opener when Wade LeBlanc rode a five-run first inning to a 7-1 victory that inched Seattle within 4 1/2 games in the battle for second place both in the AL West and AL wild-card race.The A’s not only lost a game to the Mariners but failed to gain ground in their pursuit of first place in the West and the top spot in the wild-card race after Houston (82-52) and the New York Yankees (84-50) had lost earlier in the evening.Article continues below ...Oakland will take the field Friday still 2 1/2 games behind the Astros and 4 1/2 back of the Yankees.Both the A’s and Mariners took the field for the series opener coming off losses, with the Mariners having dropped three in a row, including two straight at San Diego http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-j.-d.-martinez-jersey , while the A’s were only a little more than 24 hours removed from an emotional walk-off loss at Houston.A’s manager Bob Melvin noted after Thursday’s loss that Wednesday’s defeat in Houston — in fact, the entire three games against the Astros during which Oakland suffered two close setbacks — played a role in the club’s opener of a nine-game homestand.“That last series took a lot out of us,” Melvin said. “That’s no excuse, but I saw a little (fatigue) today. Just one of those tough nights.”Leake (8-8, 4.03 ERA) has faced the A’s three times this season, with the Mariners winning all three, 7-4, 3-2 and 2-0. He did not get a decision in any of the wins despite allowing a total of just five runs and 15 hits in 20 2/3 innings.The 30-year-old has a 1-1 record and 2.50 ERA in six career starts against the A’s.Leake has been especially tough this season on A’s All-Star Jed Lowrie, holding him hitless in nine at-bats with two strikeouts.Oakland will pitch a veteran right-hander of its own David Ross Jersey , Mike Fiers (10-6, 3.15), who will be looking to remain unbeaten for the A’s in a fifth consecutive start since being acquired from Detroit.Fiers pitched Oakland to a 3-2 win at Seattle earlier this month, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.It raised the 33-year-old’s lifetime record in seven starts against the Mariners to 2-1 with a 5.66 ERA, marks that include a 7-2 loss in May as a member of the Tigers.Jean Segura and Ben Gamel both homered off Fiers in that game.Segura was scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup because of a bruised left shin suffered when he fouled a pitch off his leg Wednesday in San Diego. He is expected to return sometime during the remainder of the series.Robinson Cano has been tough on Fiers in the past, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and two home runs.


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