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ATL@PHI: Miner makes first MLB appearance since '09

Looking for their second sweep of September after going three months without one, the Phillies expected to send out right-hander Kyle Kendrick for his career-high-tying 31st start of the season on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Instead, it will be Zach Miner taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park. With the team as a reliever since the beginning of August, he's set to make his first Major League start since Aug. 12, 2009 with Detroit.

Kendrick was scratched from his scheduled turn in the rotation because of soreness in his throwing shoulder. On Tuesday, Kendrick had an MRI, but Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg didn't expect that the medical team would find anything serious.

"It's very cautionary and conservative," Sandberg said. "He's felt something the last few weeks. He just wanted to get peace of mind about it. He was able to pitch and could still pitch now. But it was a precautionary move now to get him checked out."

Sandberg wasn't sure if Kendrick would be shut down for the season, but the scratch opened up the door for Miner.

Miner underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2009 season and missed all of 2010. He then bounced around the Minors until getting called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 3.

In 13 relief appearances, Miner has given up 20 hits and eight runs in 19.1 innings (3.72 ERA). The 31-year-old right-hander has gone 2 2/3 innings in two outings, and he's pitched more than one inning on seven occasions.

With Lehigh, Miner made 27 appearances, 12 of which were starts. His most recent start came on July 30, when he gave up just one hit and two walks in five scoreless innings.

Hoping to block the sweep on Wednesday, the Marlins will turn to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who missed his last start with a tight back. In his most recent outing on Sept. 7, Eovaldi gave up five runs on nine hits in just three innings against the Nationals.

Now healthy, he hopes to improve on that performance.

"Eovaldi is back, literally back," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's good. You never know with those things how it's going to act this late in the season. Hopefully, he can bounce back and give us a couple of starts."

Phillies: Team performing under Sandberg
For most of the season, the Phillies had one of the worst records in baseball. Through Aug. 15, Philadelphia had a .442 winning percentage (53-67), which was tied for the fourth-lowest in the National League and sixth lowest in the Majors.

In their first 30 games since Sandberg took over for Charlie Manuel as interim manager on Aug. 16, the Phillies went 17-13. That .567 winning percentage was good for the third best in the NL, trailing only the Nationals and Cardinals in that span.

Marlins: Redmond grew up admiring Phils skipper Sandberg
When the Marlins and Phillies met to open the series on Monday, Redmond was eager to talk to his counterpart, Sandberg.

Both managers grew up in Spokane, Wash., but by the time Redmond was a kid, Sandberg's career had taken off and his name was prominent in his hometown.

"It was good," Redmond said of talking with Sandberg. "I mean, there is a field named after him, so I grew up playing games on Ryne Sandberg field. You know he, John Stockton, Mark Rypien were athletes that as a young athlete growing up in Spokane, that you looked up to."

Redmond also acknowledged the uniqueness of two managers from the same town squaring off against each other.

"If you really think about it, what are the odds that two guys from Spokane are coaching two of the 30 Major League teams?" Redmond said.

Worth noting
• The Phillies are looking for their fourth sweep of the year, and this week's would mark the second of the season against the Marlins.

• Philadelphia has won seven straight against Miami en route to an 11-4 record in the season series.

• The Marlins are riding a four-game losing streak for the second time this month. Comments