While Nathan Eovaldi is still a work in progress, the Marlins' 23-year-old right-hander is beginning to figure things out.
He has seven quality starts in his eight outings this season, holding opponents to five hits or fewer in all seven of those. Taking a no-decision in his last start, against the Mets, Eovaldi (2-1, 3.47 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of work.
He will look to keep up that pace Sunday as the Indians and Marlins square off in the series finale at Marlins Park.
"He's done a great job, and he's got a great arm, a power arm," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "His off-speed breaking pitches are still a work in progress, but he's got a fastball that can get anybody out. When he's down in the zone, he can dominate a lineup."
Meanwhile, left-hander Scott Kazmir will be on the hill for Cleveland. He has been in quite a groove for close to two months.
Kazmir (6-4, 4.11 ERA) has not lost in his last nine starts and has thrown five quality starts during that span. On Tuesday against the White Sox, he allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings of work for the no-decision. It marked Kazmir's worst start since June 15, and he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.60 ERA in seven starts between the two no-decisions.
"I don't think he felt real good about his stuff tonight," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the White Sox game. "It was just one of those nights where he came out and he was having a little bit of trouble getting loose. But he kind of, to his credit, he hung in there."
Indians: Lindor unlikely to see time in Triple-A
• Even with Francisco Lindor's success this season, the Indians do not want to move too quickly with their No. 1 prospect and promote him to Triple-A Columbus earlier than expected.
"This kid's future is really bright," Francona said. "But there's a path."
The 19-year-old shortstop excelled at High A Carolina earlier this year and moved up to Double-A Akron in July.
Through 100 games between Carolina and Akron this season, Lindor has posted a slash line of .308/.382/.413 to go along with two home runs, 21 doubles, seven triples, 25 stolen bases, 34 RBIs, 46 walks and 62 runs.
Marlins: '03 team to be honored
• Miami will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its 2003 World Series Championship before Sunday's series finale against the Indians.
Mike Lowell, an All-Star third baseman in '03, will be one of several players from the team who will be on hand.
The '03 team came back from 10 games under .500 in May to win the National League Wild Card. The team then went on to beat the Giants in the Division Series, the Cubs in the League Championship Series and the Yankees in the World Series.
"When you look at it, they were so unselfish," said Jack McKeon, the manager of the squad. "It was almost a case where once we learned how to win, no one was going to stop us. No complaints. No gripers."
• Cleveland traded Triple-A right-hander Fernando Nieve to the A's in exchange for cash considerations, and it sent right-hander Joe Martinez outright to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
• Since June 16, Marlins starters have allowed three earned runs or fewer in 37 of 42 games and two runs or fewer in 29 of those games.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.