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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, August 2nd (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (63-44) at Cincinnati Reds (60-49), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Shelby Miller (10-7, 2.79) Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (9-8, 3.36)

(Sports Network) - Now that their season-long losing streak is in the past, the St. Louis Cardinals can focus on winning again. The Cardinals will begin the last leg of their road trip with Friday's opener of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals were 0-7 on the trek until posting a 13-0 blasting of the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday in the finale of a rare five-game set. An eight- run seventh inning put the game away, while Joe Kelly threw six scoreless innings for the win.

"It's definitely a change in attitude and a change in atmosphere and a good way to leave here," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of ending the skid.

Allen Craig, Jon Jay and Tony Cruz finished with two RBI apiece. Jay also scored three times and both Craig and Matt Holliday crossed the plate twice for the Cardinals, who are 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the NL Central lead. The Cards and Reds both occupy the two wild card spots.

St. Louis will resume its NL Central tour with Shelby Miller on the mound Friday and he is 10-7 with a 2.79 earned run average in 20 starts. He was 2-0 in three outing until a 5-2 loss at Atlanta on Sunday, when he yielded three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings.

Miller, a right-hander, faced the Reds once in his career and did not record a decision even though he struck out seven batters through six scoreless frames of a 1-0 victory last Oct. 3.

The Reds are back at Great American Ball Park for eight games and went 5-6 on their recent sojourn. They stopped a five-game slide with Wednesday's 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the finale of a three-game set, as Homer Bailey delivered seven K's and gave up one unearned run in 8 1/3 innings.

Aroldis Chapman got the last two outs in the ninth for his 25th save.

"We battled and battled, and Homer gave us all we needed," Reds manager Dusty Baker said afterward.

Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run, and Joey Votto knocked in two runs for the Reds, who are 5 1/2 games out of the NL Central lead. Reds center fielder and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo was out of the lineup Wednesday because of a sore left ankle and is day-to-day.

Kicking off the homestand on the mound for Cincinnati will be Bronson Arroyo, who is 9-8 in 21 starts with a 3.26 earned run average. Arroyo had won two straight and three of four starts until Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Los Angeles, where he was reached for three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Arroyo, a right-hander, was coming off a shutout at San Francisco on July 22. He has faced the Cardinals plenty of times in his career, going 8-15 with a 4.49 ERA in 36 games, 34 of which have been starts.

The Reds haven't played well against St. Louis this season and are just 3-6 in the nine matchups between the division foes.The Cardinals have won four of the last five games in this series.

08/02 10:26:33 ET

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
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EDM
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
DET 109
PHI 103
Final
NOP 88
DAL 85
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DAL
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
NYK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
MIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
MIN
 
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HOU
SAN
 
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UTA
PHO
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
SAC
 
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GSW
DEN
 
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LAC
POR
 
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
VT 6
MIAMI 30
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
SFLA
7:30pm Tonight
SALABAMA
TROY
9:00pm Tonight
BSU
BYU
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
OREG
Final
BOS 2
NYI 3
Final
DET 4
PIT 3
Final
MIN 2
ARI 0
Final
NAS 3
CHI 2
Final
STL 1
VAN 4
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
Final
LOS 2
BUF 0
Final
SJS 4
CLB 5
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
TAM
 
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COL
VAN
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CLB
 
Final
DEN 35
SDC 21