Anthony DeSclafani faced an extremely tall task in his Major League debut. It's not every day that you occupy the rotation spot belonging to Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Friday.
However, after DeSclafani earned his first victory in the Majors on Wednesday against the Dodgers, the young right-hander's biggest worry in recent days is simply how people pronounce the newest Marlins hurler's last name.
"People want to add v's and o's to my name," DeSclafani said.
But once DeSclafani takes the hill again on Tuesday night against the Phillies, the former University of Florida star will be nervous. He hopes to ingratiate himself to a fan base that fell in love with Fernandez last season.
"It's definitely exciting to make a start at home," DeSclafani said. "Making my debut in Los Angeles was special, but I'm looking forward to my first start in my home park. I feel like any time I pitch there will be some nerves, and I think that's a good thing."
DeSclafani, who grew up an hour away from Philadelphia in Howell, N.J., will face the Phillies opposite starter A.J. Burnett, who has pitched remarkably well since deciding to play through the pain of an inguinal hernia.
Burnett has lasted six innings or more in five of his past six starts, compiling a 2.79 ERA and four quality starts during that stretch. He first experienced discomfort from the hernia against the Marlins on April 11 at Citizens Bank Park.
But Burnett is dealing with a different type of pain as he hopes to rebound from back-to-back defeats. His most recent loss saw him give up three runs in five innings against the Angels on Wednesday.
The veteran was frustrated with himself, as his shortest outing since April 11 was Philadelphia's seventh loss in nine games. The Phillies are 2-1 since then.
"I'm not a negative person, so I'm not going to sit here and pout and complain and point fingers," Burnett said following his most recent start. "… I know I need to make pitches. I know I left balls over the plate. And giving free passes a lot. Just throw strikes."
Marlins: McGehee happy to return home
• When Miami returns to the friendly confines of Marlins Park on Tuesday, no Marlin will be happier than Casey McGehee. McGehee is batting .366 (30-for-82) with eight doubles, 21 RBIs, 16 strikeouts and a .436 on-base percentage at home.
Meanwhile, McGehee is hitting just .227 (20-for-88) with seven RBIs and 17 strikeouts away from home. He batted .220 (9-for-41) with seven strikeouts on Miami's most recent road trip, but he did hit his first homer of the season on May 10 in San Diego.
Phillies: Rollins chasing history
• Shortstop Jimmy Rollins finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run on Sunday and is only 22 hits away from breaking the franchise's all-time hits record. He currently owns 2,213 hits, which places him third behind Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt (2,234) and Richie Ashburn (2,217).
• Cole Hamels recorded his 100th career win on Saturday night, striking out 10 and giving up only one run on three hits in seven innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is only the fifth pitcher since 1900 to fan 10 or more batters and give up three hits or fewer in a century-mark win (100th, 200th or 300th career victory).
• With Rafael Furcal on the disabled list, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the active Marlin with the most career at-bats against Burnett. Saltalamacchia is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts against the right-hander.
• Philadelphia beat the Reds, 8-3, on Sunday to improve its record in Saturday and Sunday games to 11-3. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 8-19 in games taking place on Monday-Friday games.
• The Phillies' win over the Reds on Sunday improved their record against Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park to 21-8 since the beginning of the 2007 season. The Reds have not won a series in Philadelphia since taking two of three from Aug. 11-13, 2006.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.