Cards fighting to avoid first sweep by Marlins since 1996

Cards fighting to avoid first sweep by Marlins since 1996

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 2: Starter Justin Masterson #63 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 2, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 7:18 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Justin Masterson will need to pitch move then 2.0 innings Wednesday night in South Beach if the Cardinals hope to fend of a sweep by the Marlins, which hasn't happened in 18 years.

In fact, the last time the Marlins swept the Cardinals, Oscar Taveras was getting ready to celebrate his fourth birthday in 1996.

Wednesday will be Masterson's second career start against the Marlins and after surrendering seven runs on five hits in his last start against the Orioles, he will need to keep Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton in check.

Masterson has given up 10 runs in his first two starts as a Redbird.

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Line-up 

Carpenter 3B

Wong 2B

Holliday LF

Adams 1B

Peralta SS

Pierzynski C

Taveras RF

Jay CF

Masterson RHP

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