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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, April 21st (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (13-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (9-8), 1:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Kris Medlen (1-1, 1.42) Pittsburgh - Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 12.96)

(Sports Network) - Erratic lefty Jonathan Sanchez will try to clinch a series win for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday when they host the suddenly slumping Atlanta Braves to close out a four-game series at PNC Park.

The Braves won 10 straight games into the middle portion of this week, but have since dropped three of four - including two straight to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates pulled ahead in the series on Saturday, when Gaby Sanchez stroked a go-ahead two-run homer and James McDonald spun six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 triumph.

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jason Grilli struck out the side in the ninth to record his sixth save and preserve the win.

McDonald (2-2) was a bit unsettled early, but settled down and finished with nine strikeouts. He allowed just two hits and walked four.

"I felt confident in everything I did," said McDonald. "No negative thoughts entered my mind tonight."

The Pirates were able to knock former draft pick Paul Maholm (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten. Maholm had not allowed a run in his first three starts, but surrendered three in the sixth to absorb the loss.

The Braves were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and managed just four hits.

Jonathan Sanchez, a 13-game winner with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, has won just five times in 36 big-league appearances since, including two straight subpar starts with the Pirates, who he signed with in the offseason.

He made his Pittsburgh debut with five innings of six-hit, three-run ball in a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 5, then followed it up when he surrendered nine runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-2 rout at Arizona on April 10.

He's 1-3 in nine career games - including seven starts - against Atlanta, while allowing 21 runs in 34 2/3 innings.

Sanchez has split two career decisions at PNC Park with a 5.91 ERA.

Atlanta goes with righty Kris Medlen, who aims for a third straight quality start.

The 27-year-old, who was 10-1 a year ago, opened this season with a five- inning effort in a 2-0 loss at Philadelphia on April 4, then bounced back five days later to win at Miami, 3-2.

He turned in a quality start, but got a no-decision, while allowing an earned run on six hits in seven innings of the Braves' 6-3 defeat of Kansas City on April 16.

He's 2-0 in four career meetings with the Pirates while posting a 2.55 ERA across 17 2/3 innings.

Medlen's one career start at PNC Park yielded a no-decision after he gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Pirates won four of seven games between the teams in 2012, while the Braves took four of six in 2011.

04/21 10:29:49 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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ANA
OAK
 
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LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
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CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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UTA
 
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BOS
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POR
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SAC
PHO
 
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TAM
MON
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PIT
CLB
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Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR