Washington (55-48) at Miami (52-48)

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  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat Jul 30, 2005
  • TV: FOX
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A.J. Burnett hasn’t been affected by trade rumors.

He’ll shoot for his third straight win when the Florida Marlins continue a three-game series with the fading Washington Nationals.

Reports have surfaced over the last month that Burnett, who will be a free agent after this season, could be dealt. Baltimore, Boston and the Chicago White Sox have all expressed interest in the 28-year-old right-hander, who is 44-44 with a 3.77 ERA over a career that began in 1999.

“I think about it a couple of times a day,” Burnett said. “Once I go out there between the lines, I’ve got to focus on what I’ve got to do. It’s out of my hands. I don’t think about it that much.”

Burnett is unhappy that Marlins front-office executives haven’t talked with him about his status with Sunday’s trade deadline looming.

“The only thing I wouldn’t mind seeing is maybe somebody around here telling me, ‘Hey, you’re all right. Don’t worry about anything. Just go out there and pitch,”’ Burnett said.

“I shouldn’t have to ask what’s going on. They walk through here. I see them every day. They say hello. I guess that means, ‘You’re here one more day.”’

Burnett improved to 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA over his last two starts by limiting San Francisco to an unearned run and seven hits Sunday in a 4-1 victory. It marked the sixth time in his last seven outings that he has not allowed a homer.

Florida won for the fifth time in six games with a 4-3 victory in Friday’s series opener. Paul Lo Duca doubled in three runs in the first inning to support Josh Beckett, who yielded three runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings for his career-high 10th win.

“Since the trade talk started, I think we’ve been playing good ball,” Marlins left-hander Dontrelle Willis said. “Maybe they should talk about everybody getting traded the whole year.”

The Marlins are hoping to have first baseman Carlos Delgado back in the lineup. Delgado missed his second straight game with a sore left elbow and indicated he may play Saturday.

“It feels much better,” Delgado said. “It’s been bothering me for a few days, a few weeks. I don’t remember doing one particular thing.”

Washington has dropped five straight and 17 out of 22. The Nationals are 0-4 on a six-game road trip, dropping each game by one run. They are one game behind NL wild card leader Houston.

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