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Stanton to lead off eyeing 60 HRs in 2017 finale

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Will history take place in Game 162? The spotlight is on Giancarlo Stanton, who enters Sunday with 59 home runs and looks to become just the sixth member of the 60-homer club and first since 2001. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said following Saturday's game that the slugger will bat leadoff on Closing Day.

Stanton isn't the only one approaching a milestone as the Marlins and Braves meet for the season finale at 3:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. After Dee Gordon recorded his second 200-hit season, he is one ahead of Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton for the most stolen bases in the National League. Ichiro Suzuki is one away from tying John Vander Wal's Major League single-season pinch-hit record of 28 in 1995.

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Will history take place in Game 162? The spotlight is on Giancarlo Stanton, who enters Sunday with 59 home runs and looks to become just the sixth member of the 60-homer club and first since 2001. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said following Saturday's game that the slugger will bat leadoff on Closing Day.

Stanton isn't the only one approaching a milestone as the Marlins and Braves meet for the season finale at 3:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. After Dee Gordon recorded his second 200-hit season, he is one ahead of Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton for the most stolen bases in the National League. Ichiro Suzuki is one away from tying John Vander Wal's Major League single-season pinch-hit record of 28 in 1995.

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Atlanta rookie Max Fried (1-1, 3.74 ERA) draws the start in place of R.A. Dickey, who decided to shut down his age-42 season and is considering retirement. Fried, the Braves' No. 9 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in three starts this year. One of those was a 3 2/3-inning outing that Stanton homered in.

Jose Urena (14-7, 3.77 ERA) will close the books on a breakout season that saw him emerge as Miami's ace. The right-hander has turned around a shaky 2016 in which he posted a 6.13 ERA, partly because his hits per nine innings are down from 9.8 to 8 this season.

Three things to know about this game

• Stanton (131) and Marcell Ozuna (122) are in line to be the first pair of teammates to finish in the top 3 in the Majors in RBIs since David Ortiz (148) and Manny Ramirez (144) of the Red Sox led MLB in 2005.

• Ender Inciarte, who ranks third in MLB with 201 hits this season, has not started the last two games while resting his left thumb. He aggravated it on Sept. 19 but had played through it up to this point.

• With Saturday's loss, Atlanta picked up its 90th loss. The Braves have lost 90 games for a third consecutive season, the first time they've done so since tallying four straight 90-loss seasons from 1987-90.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.