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PHI@TEX: Kendrick tosses seven frames of one-run ball

One starter is looking to keep things going, while the other is eager for a change.

It will all unfold on Sunday afternoon in the series finale between the Marlins and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick has enjoyed great success against Miami. The right-hander is 12-2 with a 3.48 ERA lifetime against the Marlins, including 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 2013.

The Marlins counter with Henderson Alvarez, who has faced the Phillies once in his career. It was last year, and he lost. Alvarez also has dropped his first two starts of the season.

Miami manager Mike Redmond sees some flashes from Alvarez, but it comes and goes. Like in his last start, a loss at Washington. The righty was cruising through five innings, but in the sixth, things slipped away. He ended up allowing three runs, with one earned.

"A little lack of consistency," Redmond said. "I think for young pitchers, they're always trying to get over that hump of learning how to win at the big league level. In his last start, he was going along good. He had like 58 pitches in five innings, and then he kind of ran into the wall.

"The key for any young starter is to get over that wall, getting over that hump to where you have a chance to win. That's the key for all of our guys, not just him."

While Kendrick has handled the Marlins nicely in his career, he has yet to get his season on track.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA. His first start was a seven-inning effort in which he allowed one run in seven innings in a no-decision. Kendrick allowed six runs (four earned) against Milwaukee in a 10-4 loss his last time out during the Phillies' home opener.

The Marlins have thrown their top three pitchers in this series, with Alvarez lined up for the finale after Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi couldn't beat the Phillies. The veteran hitters had a great approach on Friday night against Fernandez.

"I was really impressed with our veteran guys, from Jimmy Rollins all the way down to Carlos Ruiz," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "They carried the load and did the job. That was their role, and something can be gained from that, and the first win at home was something as a team we needed. We hope to build on that the rest of the homestand."

Marlins: Struggles in Philadelphia
The Marlins have had a tough time within the division the past few years. Facing the Phillies is no exception. Miami went 7-12 last year against Philadelphia. Citizens Bank Park has been a tough place for Miami to play. In '13, the Marlins were 3-7.

In their history, the Marlins are 65-107 while playing at Philadelphia.

Alvarez doesn't have too much history facing the Phillies. A year ago, Rollins went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored off the Miami right-hander.

Phillies: Nothing definitive on A.J. Burnett
The status of A.J. Burnett remains in limbo as the veteran pitcher is bothered by groin soreness. Burnett was evaluated on Saturday afternoon, and he will undergo testing on Monday.

Burnett exited Friday's game with one out in the top of the fifth inning because he wasn't feeling right. The veteran was in line for a win, but because he didn't complete at least five innings, he was not involved in the decision.

David Buchanan, currently at Triple-A Lehigh, appears to be the choice to replace Burnett for at least one start if the veteran has to sit out Wednesday. Buchanan is currently scheduled to make a start with Lehigh on Sunday.

Worth noting
• Phillies center fielder Ben Revere did not start Saturday because of tenderness in his ribs. It was his second consecutive day out of the lineup. Revere did make a pinch-hitting appearance, and he remains day to day. He hit the turf hard a couple of times Wednesday trying to make diving catches at Citizens Bank Park. He played Thursday, but it affected his swing.

• About an hour before the first pitch on Saturday, Derek Dietrich was scratched because of a stiff lower back. Jeff Baker made the start at second base. Dietrich will be out a couple of days, and the team will monitor him, leaving the Marlins thin on middle infielders. Donovan Solano is their utility infielder. Rafael Furcal (hamstring) and Ed Lucas (broken left hand) are on the disabled list.

• Adeiny Hechavarria, with his single in the second inning on Saturday night, has now hit safely in 10 straight against the Phillies. Marcell Ozuna has hit safely in seven consecutive games. Comments