New York (69-71) at Miami (63-78)

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  • Game info: 5:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 7, 2011
  • TV: SNY, FSFL
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Because they’ll have to play a doubleheader when they return home, the New York Mets requested an earlier start to Wednesday’s series finale against the Florida Marlins.

R.A. Dickey(notes) will try to send his team out of town in positive fashion with another dominant effort against the Marlins.

New York (69-71) has to make up two games against Atlanta that were washed out by Hurricane Irene in late August and will play those beginning Thursday afternoon to start a nine-game homestand.

To avoid a late arrival back home, the Mets asked that they start Wednesday’s game two hours earlier. They might regret that request after playing 12 innings Tuesday night before prevailing 7-4.

Nick Evans(notes) singled home the go-ahead run in the final inning and finished with three RBIs while helping snap Florida’s three-game win streak. Evans is batting .354 with 14 RBIs since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Aug. 6.

“To be honest, he’s got something to prove,” manager Terry Collins said. “You can’t get designated as many times as he’s been designated in the last couple of years and not have something to prove. He’s taken this opportunity to show us he can hit.”

Dickey (7-11, 3.60 ERA) will try to help his team build on that victory by winning three straight starts for the first time this season. After tossing seven scoreless innings against Florida on Aug. 29, the right-hander gave up three runs over six in a 7-3 win in Washington on Friday despite struggling to command his knuckleball.

“It’s not hyperbole to say that my knuckleball was putrid. I had to find a way to eat up innings and keep us in it,” Dickey said. “(The knuckleballs) didn’t have any bite to them. I don’t have an explanation to why. I had to use some other stuff in the arsenal.”

Dickey’s array of pitches has worked against the Marlins (63-78) this season as he’s allowed one unearned run while winning two matchups.

Florida rookie Brad Hand(notes) (1-5, 4.23), meanwhile, will try to use another solid outing against the Mets to avoid a third loss in as many starts.

The left-hander gave up seven runs to Atlanta on Aug. 8 before being sent to the minors and four runs over five innings to Philadelphia after being recalled Friday. He also walked at least three batters for the seventh time in nine starts during the 5-3 defeat.

“The big thing was I just started falling behind in the count,” Hand told the team’s official website. “The walks will definitely hurt you.”

Hand gave up two runs over five innings to the Mets on Aug. 2 but did not get a decision in a 4-3 win at Citi Field.

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R. Dickey Tor vs. B. Hand Mia
8-13 Record 1-8
3.28 ERA 4.20
134 K 38
54 BB 35
1.23 WHIP 1.47

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