ATLANTA -- Nathan Eovaldi knows it's not easy to win games as a starting pitcher in the big leagues. He won just two of his first 16 starts in a Dodger uniform despite posting a combined 3.96 ERA.
He's hoping his luck changes with the Marlins. After winning his Miami debut against the Padres last weekend at home, Eovaldi will try to kickoff his Marlins career by doing something he's never done before -- win two in a row -- when he faces the Braves at Turner Field Thursday night.
"Just go through the same game plan -- which is throw strikes and get ahead," Eovaldi said Wednesday. "It's a different team, different batters, different threats, but I'm just going to go through it the same way. If you can get ahead of guys -- get strike one out of the way, you have a tendency to do a lot better. It's really just about not falling behind and trying to get those quick outs."
Eovaldi threw 86 pitches -- 56 for strikes -- in his Marlins debut and gave up just five hits, two walks and one earned runs over 5 1/3 innings against San Diego. He said he felt like he had good chemistry with catcher John Buck, who has will catch Eovaldi again tonight.
> As expected, the Marlins announced left-hander Brad Hand will start the first game of a double-header Friday against the Nationals. Josh Johnson will start game 2.
> Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is out again tonight with back spasms.
> Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio 2B, 2. Gorkys Hernandez CF, 3. Jose Reyes SS, 4. Carlos Lee 1B, 5. Austin Kearns RF, 6. Donovan Solano LF, 7. Donnie Murphy 3B, 8. John Buck C, 9. Nathan Eovaldi P.