Florida (40-36) at New York (39-39)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Jul 1, 2005
  • TV: WPXM, FSNY
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Almost every start A.J. Burnett will make for the next few weeks could be his last for the Florida Marlins.

Coming off his most impressive outing of the season, Burnett will try to stay focused amid the growing trade rumors when he faces the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Shea Stadium.

Being involved in trade talks is nothing new for Burnett—a free agent at the end of the season—but the local and national tabloids have been mentioning his name increasingly over the last week.

“I’m always on the block,” Burnett said. “Hopefully, I’m going to stay here. When we start hitting and pitching and everything comes together, it’s going to be a scary rally. Hopefully, it leads into October.”

Florida won the final two games of its four-game series with Atlanta, salvaging the split with a 6-2 win on Thursday. Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnacion homered to help the Marlins win for the sixth time in the last eight games.

Cabrera’s homer was his 16th of the season, while Encarnacion’s was his 11th, and second in as many nights.

The Mets are coming into this series off taking two of three from Philadelphia for their third straight series win.

Jose Reyes had a two-run triple, Pedro Martinez won for the seventh time in his last eight decisions, and Chris Woodward drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in a 5-3 victory on Thursday.

Tom Glavine, who doesn’t have a lot to show for some good pitching against Florida in his career, will start on Friday for the Mets.

The veteran left-hander is 15-18 with a 3.86 ERA in 39 starts against the Marlins, the only team he has faced at least 10 times that he has a losing record against.

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A. Burnett PIT vs. T. Glavine ATL
12-12 Record 13-13
3.44 ERA 3.53
198 K 105
79 BB 61
1.26 WHIP 1.36