Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Marlins, in Miami

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Marlins, in Miami

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Scouting report * Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting average and stolen base champion, is eligible to come off the suspended list on Thursday. Gordon, who had been docked for 80 days for a PED violation, has been playing at Class AAA New Orleans for the last week. He is eligible only to play in the regular season. If the Marlins make the playoffs, he cannot participate, according to a new rule.

Ichiro Suzuki is three hits shy of 3,000 for his career. Already having more than 500 stolen bases, he will become the seventh member of the 3,000/500 club, which includes Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock.

A tall order Thursday night for the Cardinals: Miami starter Jose Fernandez is 26-1 with a 1.47 earned run average at home. He also is 27-7 at night in his career. ... Miami closer A.J. Ramos has converted 31 of 32 saves this season and righthander Fernando Rodney, acquired from San Diego, is 17 for 17. …

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