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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, April 12th (All times Eastern)

Cincinnati Reds (5-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (0-0, 6.00) Pittsburgh - A.J. Burnett (0-2, 3.27)

(Sports Network) - A.J. Burnett hopes for a little run support on Friday when the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

The Pirates have managed just one run in his two starts this season, but they haven't crossed the plate at home with Burnett on the mound since the fourth inning of an Aug. 27 start -- five starts and 36 innings ago.

"I don't worry about run support," Burnett said. "That's beyond my control. That's when we get into trouble, when we start pointing fingers, start finding excuses. My job is to keep my team in the game -- 'til that man (Clint Hurdle) takes me out of the game -- no matter what the score is."

Burnett again received zero support his last time out on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he allowed a run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw was even better and Burnett fell to 0-2 to go along with a 3.27 ERA.

"That's a pitchers' duel right there," Burnett said. "I was going up against one of the best, so I tried to follow what he was doing. It was my first time pitching against him -- the first time really seeing him. It fires me up to be in a game like that."

In 11 innings this young season, Burnett has surrendered four runs -- and fanned 19. He has two losses.

Burnett, who is 5-5 against the Reds with a 4.06 ERA, could be in for another long night, as Pittsburgh owns the worst offense in the majors, batting .153, and only Miami (16) has scored less runs than the Pirates' 21.

Pittsburgh was denied a sweep in its three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as it dropped the finale, 10-2 at Chase Field.

Starling Marte and Josh Harrison each had an RBI for the Pirates, who saw starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-2) struggle. He lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on eight hits and four walks.

"There wasn't one pitch that was as sharp as LA, but we have got to get the ball in," said Hurdle. "All of our pitchers have to get the ball in, that's part of our program.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, was embarrassed by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, falling, 10-0, at in the rubber match of the three-game set from Busch Stadium.

Homer Bailey (1-1) allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks over five frames for Cincinnati, which dropped the final two games of the set after winning the opener.

"Their pitching shut us down," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker admitted. "Westbrook was tough today. It makes it tough to score runs and makes it tough to beat the opposition."

Getting the call for the Reds on Friday will be righty Mike Leake, who failed to get a decision his first time out. Leake, though, did not pitch well against Washington, as the Nationals reached him for four runs and six hits six innings. He also walked four batters in the 7-6 loss.

In 11 starts versus the Pirates Leake is 2-3 with a 3.20 ERA.

The Reds went 11-7 against the Pirates last year

04/12 10:32:42 ET

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CLE 13
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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BOS 84
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BRK 110
DET 105
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SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
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SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
1st
UTEP 33
ALCOR 11
 
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DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
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WIN 2
PHI 1
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
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ARI 3
SEA 14