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MIA@ATL: Eovaldi tosses eight scoreless frames in win

The Marlins will open their final homestand the same way they'll end it -- by sending Nathan Eovaldi to the mound.

Eovaldi will make his second-to-last start of the season Monday versus the Phillies before getting the nod in the 2013 finale next Sunday. The right-hander is coming off a no-decision in Philadelphia in which he gave up three runs (two earned).

"I felt good until that fifth inning, when I kind of lost control," Eovaldi said. "Up until that point, I felt really good. I was getting ahead. I was able to get ahead with my curveball, which I hadn't really been able to do all season. It felt like it was a lot easier to get ahead with my offspeed pitches, and then use my fastball."

Because a stint on the disabled list to start the year delayed Eovaldi's season until June 18, he has tossed just 92 2/3 innings heading into Monday. The righty is 1-4 with a 5.21 ERA in seven starts at home, but those numbers were inflated by two rough outings at Marlins Park. Though he missed a start earlier this month due to back spasms, Eovaldi says he is feeling fine heading into the last week of the regular season.

"You always want to finish on a strong note, that's something I want to accomplish," he said. "I missed so much time at the beginning of the season, and then this little back spasm. I feel like there is always room to improve."

For the Phillies, Roy Halladay will toe the rubber, as the 36-year-old veteran continues to search for his rhythm. Pitching with diminished velocity and shakier command than he used to have, Halladay has struggled his last two seasons, posting two of his highest season ERAs in over a decade. Halladay, a free agent after 2013, enters his last two starts with an uncertain future.

"Unfortunately that's out of my control," he said. "I'm going to continue to play as hard as I can for the organization and my teammates, and hopefully I have a chance to pitch again. But, you know, I can't worry about things that are out of my control."

Halladay is hoping his arm can continue to bounce back from shoulder surgery and that he can show enough in his next two starts to keep his career going.

"There's days when the location may not be good or the ball's not coming out of my hand with the same life as it does other days," Halladay said. "That's all part of coming back from an injury. No, I am very grateful for the opportunity to come back and pitch. I won't be disappointed at the end, because I was fortunately given that chance to come back and pitch."

Phillies: Sandberg sheds interim tag, looks to build staff
Ryne Sandberg signed a three-year deal to be the Phillies' skipper Sunday, and he will now turn his attention to his coaching staff.

Several coaches already on staff have uncertain futures -- pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Steve Henderson, catching coach Mick Billmeyer, third-base coach Juan Samuel, first-base and assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner and bullpen coach Rod Nichols all have contracts that expire after this season.

"First of all, we have very qualified and professional and very good coaches right now in the coaches' room," Sandberg said during a news conference Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park. "[General manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] and I will have some conversations and discussions on that, and we're going to do that collectively and come up with a hard-working staff that I'll be comfortable with and will do a good job."

"Putting together a quality coaching staff that can support Ryne and support the organization, I think that will be a priority for us," said Amaro Jr.

Marlins: Redmond hoping Marlins can rebound
Miami manager Mike Redmond is familiar with down seasons. The 1998 Marlins team he played for lost 108 games, but then progressed to a World Series victory in 2003. He's hoping his current Miami squad can experience a similar reversal of fortune.

"There are a lot of guys who played a long time in the big leagues off that [1998] team," Redmond said. "All the guys who were on that team who I played with, they said they were better off because they went through that.

"Nobody likes to lose," Redmond added. "At the same time, you develop a pride within your organization and with your teammates -- when you struggle and then when you start to come out of it."

Worth noting
• Halladay held the Marlins to four hits and one run in six innings last Tuesday, but he walked three and hit a batter. He has hit 10 batters this season and is averaging 4.96 walks per nine innings.

• Philadalphia owns an 11-5 mark over the Marlins this season, including a 4-2 record in Miami.

• Eovaldi's last outing was his first of the season against the Phillies. He is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts against Philadalphia. Comments