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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, April 22nd (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-11), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63) Philadelphia - Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies look to cool off an old rival Monday night, when they open a four-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates from Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies needed some late-game magic Sunday night to earn a split of a four-game series versus the St. Louis Cardinals. With the score even at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Michael Young and Domonic Brown both singled before Ben Revere knocked in Young with a base hit. Phillies catcher Erik Kratz followed with a three-run homer off Mitchell Boggs.

"The big thing for our offense is we got to be more consistent. I think you've seen our bench players being able to make contact," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Mike Adams tossed the eighth for the win and Jonathan Papelbon closed the door in the ninth inning. Kyle Kendrick started for the Phillies and gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings of work for the no-decision.

Jimmy Rollins ended with three hits for Philadelphia, which has won two of three games since losing four in a row.

Since the Phillies placed left-hander John Lannan on the disabled list with a knee issue, Jonathan Pettibone will make his debut Monday. Called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Pettibone was 0-1 with a 9.64 earned run average in two starts with the Iron Pigs.

Pettibone is a right-hander and Philadelphia's third-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

"His command hasn't been great. Hopefully he's got enough weapons and guile to pitch well for us," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro told the team's website. "He's got a pretty good arsenal. We'll see how he competes."

Pittsburgh has been on a roll as of late and will commence a 10-game road trip Monday night in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Pirates, who are also slated to make stops in St. Louis and Milwaukee, won the last three meetings of a four-game set versus the Atlanta Braves. In a 4-2 victory Sunday at PNC Park, Clint Barmes put the Buccos ahead for good with an RBI single in the sixth inning and Pittsburgh added an insurance run in the seventh when Travis Snider scored on a wild pitch.

Barmes had two hits and two RBI, Snider went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Russell Martin collected two hits, a run scored and an RBI for the Pirates, who have won nine of their last 12 games. The Pirates improved to 9-0 when leading after seven innings.

"We settled into our rhythm, our pitchers pitched better than their pitchers and our hitters actually outperformed," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. "It's good to beat good teams."

Pitching was on the uneven side for the Pirates. Starter Jonathan Sanchez lasted only three innings and allowed two runs and four hits. Justin Wilson got the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Jason Grilli later posted his seventh save.

Pirates ace A.J. Burnett will try to build on his last performance when he takes the mound Monday. Burnett started the season 0-2 with a 3.71 earned run average in three starts, but bounced back in a 5-0 win over St. Louis last Tuesday. He struck out eight batters over seven scoreless innings and allowed only one hit with no walks.

Burnett, a righty, leads the National League with 35 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.62. Opposing hitters are batting just .195 off of Burnett, who is 6-9 with a 5.06 ERA in 19 career games (18 starts) against the Phillies.

Pittsburgh won four of seven matchups with the Phillies a season ago.

04/22 10:35:13 ET

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    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 620am

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  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Thursday at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
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IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
Half
GSW 56
CHI 51
 
Half
LAL 57
WAS 46
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
2nd
CALST 77
SDCHR 48
 
2nd
NEV 44
UNLV 46
 
1st
BSU 22
COLST 22
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
Final
CAL 4
BUF 1
3rd
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 2