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Thursday, August 15th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-48) at St. Louis Cardinals (68-51), 1:45 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - A.J. Burnett (5-8, 2.95) St. Louis - Lance Lynn (13-6, 3.79)

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals should have catcher Yadier Molina back in the lineup on Thursday when they close out an important three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.

Molina has been out since July 30 with a sprained knee. However, despite hitting .330 the All-Star backstop was in a 3-for-19 slump when he went on the disabled list.

"We're going to be careful," St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny said. "You just have to try to do the right thing."

Molina's return couldn't have come at a better time for the Cardinals, who were stymied by Francisco Liriano on Wednesday in a 5-1 loss.

Liriano pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning and the Pirates got second inning homers from Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones to move three games up on the Cards in the National League Central

St. Louis' offense was dormant for the most part Wednesday thanks to Liriano (13-5), who bounced back from a brutal performance in Colorado that saw him surrender 12 hits and 10 runs last Friday.

"He attacked them and stayed aggressive," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Pirates broke a season-high tying four-game skid and sent the Cardinals to their fifth defeat in seven tries.

Shelby Miller (11-8) surrendered eight hits and five runs -- three earned -- over six innings.

Getting the call for the Pirates on Thursday will be righty A.J. Burnett, who is 5-8 with a 2.95 ERA. Like Liriano, Burnett was hit hard in a loss to Colorado his last time out, as he surrendered six runs (5 earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday.

Burnett has faced the Cardinals 14 times and is 7-5 against them with a 3.67 ERA.

St. Louis, meanwhile, will counter with righty Lance Lynn, who is 13-6 with a 3.79 ERA. Lynn lost for the first time in three decisions on Friday against Chicago, as the Cubs reached him for three runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Lynn also matched a season-high by walking five batters in the setback.

Lynn is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances against the Pirates.

The Pirates have won eight of 12 contests against St. Louis this season and had a six-game winning streak in this series broken on Aug. 1.

08/15 10:30:34 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR