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National League Preview from The Sports Network, Game Two



Friday, April 19th (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (13-2) at Pittsburgh Pirates (7-8), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.50) Pittsburgh - Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 1.00)

(Sports Network) - Right-hander Tim Hudson aims for a third straight victory on Friday night when the Atlanta Braves visit PNC Park for the second test of a four-game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A 37-year-old Georgia native, Hudson opened the season with a no-decision in Atlanta's 7-5 defeat of Philadelphia, then won consecutive decisions over the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.

In 18 overall innings, he's allowed five runs, but in the last 13 2/3 innings he's only been scored upon twice, while allowing seven hits and striking out 10 batters.

He's 6-5 in 12 career starts against the Pirates with a 2.90 earned run average, and is 3-3 in six career starts at PNC Park.

For the Pirates, Dominican lefty Wandy Rodriguez aims for a second victory in three 2013 outings.

He pitched 6 2/3 innings in a 3-0 defeat of the Chicago Cubs on April 3, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out six.

Outing No. 2 resulted in a no-decision after Rodriguez pitched 2 1/3 innings of two-run ball against Arizona in a game the Pirates ultimately won, 5-3.

Rodriguez is 3-3 in 12 lifetime outings - including 11 starts - against the Braves.

On Thursday, Evan Gattis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, while Justin and B.J. Upton both hit solo home runs as the Braves edged the Pirates, 6-4.

Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run blast, for the Braves, who bounced back after their 10-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday versus Kansas City.

Atlanta starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out four over five innings. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) tossed two strong innings in relief to pick up the win.

Garrett Jones had a double and two RBI for the Pirates, while Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin each hit solo home runs. Starter Jeff Locke allowed four runs and walked four over 4 2/3 innings. The lefty also gave up three home runs on six hits.

Jared Hughes (1-1) was dealt with the loss after lasting 1 1/3 innings and giving up two runs on two hits, including Gattis' clutch homer.

"The ball didn't sink and he did a good job of getting his hands inside of it and hitting it hard," Hughes said.

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

04/19 10:23:01 ET

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Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
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MIA 101
CHA 97
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Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
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CHC 5
ARI 7
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COL 10
SFG 12
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OAK 0
TEX 3
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SEA 5
HOU 3
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PIT 2
CIN 5
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CLE 5
KAN 3
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WAS 5
ANA 4
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TOR 8
BAL 10
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DET 4
CWS 6
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TAM 4
MIN 6
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BOS 5
NYY 1
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NYM 3
STL 2
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MIL 5
SDP 2
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LOS 5
PHI 2
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CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
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7:10pm Tonight
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NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
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OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
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MIA 101
CHA 97
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SAN 92
DAL 113
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HOU 105
POR 112
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IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
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CLB 4
PIT 3
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DAL 4
ANA 2
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CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
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