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W:E.Stults(9-13) L:J.Locke(10-6) S:L.Gregerson (4)
HR: SDP- J.Gyorko (19) PIT- None
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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, September 17th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (69-80) at Pittsburgh Pirates (87-63), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Eric Stults (8-13, 4.03) Pittsburgh - Jeff Locke (10-5, 3.14)

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 on the season, leaving many to turn to the city's baseball team for relief.

The Pirates, though, didn't do their fans any favors in the opener of a four- game series versus the San Diego Padres and look to even the set Tuesday night at PNC Park. Pittsburgh is still tied with St. Louis atop the National League Central after the Cardinals lost in Colorado, but the Cincinnati Reds pulled within 2 1/2 games for division bragging rights.

Both the Pirates and Reds currently occupy the wild card spots.

Pittsburgh suffered a 2-0 loss to the Padres on Monday and A.J. Burnett was dealt the loss for allowing both runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three batters to fall to 8-11 on the season.

"That's a big-league lineup. It is just baseball. Struggles or not, they have a big-league lineup. Take nothing for granted," said Burnett.

The Pirates had won two straight and six of seven games.

Jose Tabata had the only hit off Padres starter Andrew Cashner, who carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. Cashner struck out seven batters to push his record to 10-8.

"I've had some no-hitters broken up before. I think in previous times I've learned to just stay with my game plan and keep making pitches," said Cashner, who faced the minimum thanks to Andrew McCutchen's inning-ending double-play in the seventh inning and went the distance for the first time.

Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko drove in one run apiece for the Padres, winners in three of their last four games.

San Diego will send Eric Stults to the mound Tuesday and he is 8-13 with a 4.03 earned run average in 30 starts. Stults has struggled as of late, going 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA in his last 10 starts and hasn't won since July 14.

Stults is just 3-9 in 16 road assignments and the left-hander will face Pittsburgh for the first time.

The Pirates will counter with All-Star Jeff Locke and he owns a 10-5 record to go along with a 3.14 ERA in 28 starts. Locke ended an eight-game winless streak (0-3) his last time out in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, when he tossed seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Locke, a lefty, is 5-2 in 14 home starts and has never faced San Diego.

San Diego lost a three-game series versus the Pirates from Aug. 19-21 at Petco Park. The Padres went 5-1 against Pittsburgh last season and have won 29 of the 39 games played at PNC Park since it opened in 2001.

09/17 10:33:01 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
 
Final
BOS 101
GSW 106
 
4th
IND 87
PHI 74
 
4th
SAC 97
POR 104
 
4th
LAL 74
OKC 84
 
1st
DEN 5
NOP 10
 
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
2nd
WAKE 64
PITT 63
 
2nd
STAN 44
OREG 44
 
1st
OSU 23
PURD 35
 
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UCLA
WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
Final
PIT 5
CLB 3
Final
FLA 4
TAM 3
2nd
WAS 2
TOR 0
 
1st
DAL 0
ANA 0
 
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