Miami (39-45) at San Diego (47-35)

  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 4, 2007
  • TV: FSFL, Ch4
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Chris Young makes his final start to bolster his case for a spot on the NL All-Star team as the San Diego Padres continue a four-game series with the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Young (8-3, 2.14 ERA) was a surprising omission for the NL squad despite having the second-best ERA in the league behind teammate Jake Peavy (2.09), who was selected along with closer Trevor Hoffman from the Padres. Young, however, is eligible to be voted in by the fans via the Internet.

“I just love to see our guy and the Padres have great representation at the game, especially a guy like C.Y., who is deserving,” Peavy told the team’s official Web Site.

The right-hander hasn’t lost since May 12, going 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his last eight starts. He won his last outing by yielding two runs over six innings of a 7-6 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Young owns the best home ERA in baseball at 0.94 and hasn’t allowed a homer in 48 innings at Petco Park this year.

This will be Young’s first start against the Marlins (39-45) this year after he dominated them in 2006, allowing one run over 12 innings and striking out 18 in winning two starts.

Florida received a boost from reigning NL Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramirez in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday that evened the series. Ramirez, who wasn’t in the lineup after tweaking his left hamstring in a 3-1 loss on Monday, hit a pinch-hit homer off Greg Maddux in the seventh inning to tie the game.

“We rather see him play nine innings, but that was good,” Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He was able to come out and put a good swing on Maddux.”

The homer highlighted a four-run rally by the Marlins, who scored the go-ahead run when Alfredo Amezaga came home on Padres reliever Royce Ring’s wild pitch. Jeremy Hermida walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-4.

San Diego scored more than three runs for only the fourth time in 13 games, but it wasn’t enough.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez ended an 0-for-17 slide with a single in the first inning, but was hitless in his final three at-bats. Second baseman Marcus Giles is also slumping, going 5-for-36 (.139) in his last eight games.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson (0-3, 10.97) is winless in his last six outings as he seeks his first victory since Aug. 28. He’s failed to pitch past the third inning in his three starts this year as he tries to get back into shape after being sidelined for the first 10 weeks due to an irritated ulnar nerve in his right elbow.

His control has betrayed him so far since Johnson has issued 12 walks in 10 2-3 innings. He gave up two runs and five hits while walking five in a 94-pitch outing in a 12-3 loss to Atlanta on Friday.

“I think it’s just repeating my delivery,” Johnson told the Marlins’ official Web site. “Last start, it was good. But I was getting behind people. I need to get quick outs and get deeper into the game.”

The right-hander is making his first career start against the Padres, although he’s allowed an unearned run in two innings over two relief appearances against them.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Johnson SD vs. C. Young KC
0-3 Record 9-8
7.47 ERA 3.12
14 K 167
12 BB 72
2.43 WHIP 1.10


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