Those are the pitching matchups for Saturday's doubleheader at Citi Field as the NL East's worst teams continue a four-game set.
The most recognizable starter will be Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA), who is now 0-7 with a 10.96 ERA in nine outings since his last victory Aug 27, 2012, for Boston.
The right-hander, who turned 33 on Friday, had his best effort in that span Sunday in Cleveland when he gave up one run over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 victory.
"He pitched an outstanding game," manager Terry Collins said. "Boy, I was really happy for him."
Matsuzaka's lone outing against Miami (54-92) was with the Red Sox last season, as he yielded four runs over 5 1-3 innings and did not get a decision in a 6-5 win.
He has given up three homers over 18 innings in 2013 while Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) has surrendered one over 74 2-3.
Alvarez hasn't thrown many pitches of late, but it hasn't always been his fault. A rain delay forced him out after 28 on Aug. 28 against Washington and a hamstring injury limited him to 79 on Sept. 2 as he earned a 4-3 win over the Cubs by allowing three runs over six innings.
Monday's 63 pitches in a 5-2 defeat to Atlanta occurred because he yielded all five runs in the fourth inning - his last of the contest.
The right-hander gave up two runs in a season-high 7 1-3 innings July 31 to earn a 3-2 victory over the Mets (65-81) in his lone 2013 start in this series.
He'll be followed to the mound in the nightcap by Turner (3-6, 3.43), who is 0-5 with a 4.53 ERA since the All-Star break. Opponents are batting .354 off him in his last four starts, but he is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts against New York this year.
Turner will be opposed by fellow right-hander Torres (3-4, 3.53), who is 2-3 with a 5.68 ERA in six starts this year with teams batting .302 off him. Torres has never started against Miami with three scoreless innings in two career appearances.
Duda, hitting .200 in the season series, hit a three-run homer after his previous 11 had been solo shots.
"He's a big, strong guy," Collins said. "Everybody expects him to hit homers. I just expect him to drive runs in. And I think that swing tonight might really start him here in the last couple of weeks."
Stanton went deep twice for his ninth career multihomer effort to improve to 6 for 34 (.176) in the season series."We've got a few weeks left so, keep it up," Stanton said. "`It really doesn't matter what I do to finish the season, I'll never get back how terrible I've been. But to turn it completely around is something I need to do, something I better do."
Miami has won 10 of 16 meetings.
|September 09, 2013||Jeff Mathis||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right thumb|
|September 08, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right foot and ankle|
|September 02, 2013||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 01, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|New York Mets|
|September 10, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 09, 2013||Scott Rice||60-Day DL||Sports hernia|
|September 02, 2013||Ike Davis||60-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|September 01, 2013||Ike Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right oblique|
|August 27, 2013||Matt Harvey||15-Day DL||Torn right UCL - out for season|
|August 26, 2013||Matt Harvey||Day-to-Day||Torn right elbow ligament|
NEW YORK (AP) -- What started out as a painful day for Donovan Solano turned into one of his best on a ballfield.
Solano got some payback after he was hit by two pitches, launching a home run and making two terrific defensive plays that sent Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday.
"Long days with doubleheaders, you need somebody to step up and be the hero. And today Alvarez and Solano gave us a big lift," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Logan Morrison drove in two runs, one on a line drive off Frank Francisco 's right hand that knocked the oft-injured reliever out of the game. Alvarez (4-4) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his second win against the Mets this year.
New York dropped to 3-10 in September and 6-11 this season against the Marlins, who have the NL's worst record at 55-92. The defeat ensured the Mets' fifth straight losing season since Citi Field opened.
Alvarez, who beat New York 3-2 on July 31, struck out five and walked none to help the Marlins win for the 12th time in 40 games.
"Exactly what we needed, especially a doubleheader, knowing going in it's going to be a long day," Redmond said. "It's nice to get the solid pitching performance from Alvarez. He looked great."
Chad Qualls worked a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek struck out three for his 30th save in 32 attempts. He has converted 25 in a row.
Jacob Turner started the nightcap for Miami against winless Daisuke Matsuzaka .
Carlos Torres (3-5) hit Solano with pitches in his first two plate appearances, the first one near his wrist and the next time on the left shoulder. Solano looked pretty irritated by the second one, but catcher Travis d'Arnaud and plate umpire Tim Welke quickly stepped in front of him and there was no trouble.
"Part of the game," Solano said.
He did ask d'Arnaud why Torres hit him again and was told, "He's human."
"I walked down there and said, `My bad, man. I didn't mean to hit you.' I don't know how I hit him twice," Torres said.
Solano exacted the best sort of revenge with a leadoff homer against Torres in the sixth to make it 2-0. The second baseman also robbed Omar Quintanilla twice, making a diving play to thwart a fifth-inning rally and a sliding stop to save a run in the seventh.
Asked about his mindset the third time up, Solano said: "I don't want to get hit by a pitch. But I put a good swing on it."
The traditional doubleheader was scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. With both teams fading at the bottom of the NL East, it promised to be a long day for both players and the hearty fans who showed up on a pleasant late afternoon.
Alvarez forgot how many outs there were in the second, when he tossed casually to first on a one-out comebacker with runners at first and second.
"I know that stuff does happen, but we've got to know how many outs there are," Redmond said.
Torres plunked Solano to start the fourth and then walked Christian Yelich . With two outs, Morrison fisted a bloop single into shallow left-center for Miami's first hit and a 1-0 lead.
Yelich doubled and stole third in the eighth before Morrison hit a line drive that struck Francisco near his right thumb. Yelich scored as Morrison was tagged out by first baseman Lucas Duda .
Francisco immediately left the game in obvious pain and was sent for X-rays. The team said he had a bruised hand. The right-hander had been out all season following elbow surgery until he was activated last weekend.
"It swelled up even when I was out there," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It swelled up pretty fast and pretty big."
Torres struck out a career-high eight in six innings and gave up only three hits. Still, he lost his third consecutive start.
NOTES: Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was activated from the DL. ... Alvarez has allowed a major league-low one home run in 14 starts this season. ... Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi played catch and will throw a bullpen Sunday, Redmond said. If all goes well, Eovaldi could start Wednesday night in Philadelphia. He was scratched Thursday against Atlanta with a stiff back. ... Redmond confirmed that RHP Sam Dyson will start Monday night against the Phillies. ... C Jeff Mathis (bruised right thumb) played catch and took some swings. He could be available in Philadelphia, Redmond said.