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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
17th
NOR 3
DUR 2
 
8th
TOR 2
ATL 5
 
7th
DET 9
CWS 1
 
7th
NYM 7
MIA 4
 
6th
TAM 3
NYY 5
 
5th
BOS 3
BAL 3
 
6th
PIT 3
MIL 2
 
7th
WAS 3
PHI 0
 
3rd
MIN 3
CLE 1
 
4th
HOU 2
ANA 0
 
4th
KAN 0
OAK 1
 
3rd
CHC 2
SDP 2
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
ARI
4:10pm Today
LOS
COL
4:10pm Today
SEA
TEX
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
1st
CLE 17
BOS 20
 
5:30pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
POR
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
SAN
Final
NYI 2
WAS 1
 
1st
CHI 0
NAS 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
MON
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
VAN
17th
NOR 3
DUR 2