When you stand the test of time, chances are you will run into some former friends and foes.
Marlins lefty Randy Wolf, a 15-season veteran, on Sunday afternoon will find himself facing one of his former teams.
Wolf was with the Brewers from 2010 through part of 2012. In the series finale at Marlins Park, the 37-year-old will face his former team.
"The longer you're around, you do it more often," Wolf said. "It's always fun. It's a different dynamic and different team than just two years ago. There are a few guys who are still there."
In 2012, Wolf was throwing to catcher Jonathan Lucroy. On Sunday, he could be throwing against him.
Initially, Wolf was set to face Yovani Gallardo. But because of a sprained left ankle, Gallardo will not get the nod. Instead, Milwaukee is going with Jimmy Nelson, rated the organization's top prospect.
Gallardo has plenty of respect for Wolf.
"He was a good teammate," Gallardo said. "He works hard. He was one of the guys always in the weight room and knew what he had to get done."
Nelson enjoyed success at Triple-A, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.71 ERA at Nashville. All nine of his Minor League starts were quality starts.
In his latest Triple-A start, Nelson gave up a run with five strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City.
Nelson, who attended the University of Alabama, was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
The Marlins, meanwhile, signed Wolf as a free agent on May 14, shortly after it was learned Jose Fernandez would miss the rest of the season because of Tommy John surgery.
"I knew Randy would be back," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's fanatical about what he does and routines and getting strong and making sure he can come back. I was hoping he would get the opportunity with somebody. That was the only thing I was worried about is somebody giving him a chance."
Wolf will make his first start for Miami after throwing two relief appearances.
The Brewers, with an explosive offense, present a strong challenge.
"It's not exactly like you're facing all your old teammates," Wolf said. "I think whenever there is a team like the Brewers, they're aggressive. They swing hard. They can strike out a lot, but at the same time they can do a lot of damage if you make a lot of mistakes. In that regard it's a challenge. You have to make good pitches."
Marlins: Supporting cast helping Stanton excel
Giancarlo Stanton is providing plenty of production, evident by his 14 homers and 47 RBIs.
The lineup has effectively protected Stanton. At the top of the order, Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich have been successful getting on base, and Casey McGehee has had a nice year batting cleanup. Garrett Jones, Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are also threats.
"At the top of the order, those guys have been getting on base, and taking their walks," manager Mike Redmond said. "Casey McGehee, I can't say enough of what he's done hitting behind Giancarlo. He's gotten some big hits. We've talked about the importance of those guys in front and behind doing their jobs to get a big hit every once in a while when they do pitch around Giancarlo."
Brewers: Gomez stays hot after first-inning double
On Friday night, Carlos Gomez had three doubles and a single in Milwaukee's 9-5 win. On Saturday, in the first inning, Gomez delivered another double.
Gomez has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games.
Gomez served a three-game suspension last week and has battled back spasms.
"Every day is a challenge for everybody," Gomez said. "Sometimes you feel weak, tired, sore. You perform well. Every day look at yourself and say, 'How can I help my team win games?' When you've got this in your mind, you can do stuff you didn't even believe."
• The distance on Stanton's first home run on Friday night received a power boost. ESPN Stats & Info readjusted the distance on the blast to center field to 463 feet. It had been measured at 440 feet.
• With his second-inning RBI double on Saturday, Saltalamacchia has driven in at least one run in four of his past five games.
• Lucroy has 18 doubles after his RBI two-bagger in the eighth inning on Saturday.
• Roenicke is 5-4 in replay challenges after losing his review in the sixth inning Saturday.
• McGehee has 16 multihit games after going 2-for-4 on Saturday.