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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, August 6th (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (43-67) at Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 2.61) Pittsburgh - Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.36)

(Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Jeff Locke aims to rebound from a rare rough outing as he takes the hill on Tuesday night to pitch the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.

Locke is an impressive 9-3 with a 2.36 earned run average through 21 starts this season, but was less than sharp on Wednesday versus the St. Louis Cardinals in a no-decision.

In his shortest outing of the season, the 25-year-old southpaw allowed a season-high 10 hits over four innings and the four earned runs he allowed also matched a season high, last done on April 18.

"This is the most on and off we've seen Jeff," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told his club's website. "He was pitching to the edges, not getting back into counts, after throwing 17 first-pitch strikes out of 23. But he gave it everything he had. But after four runs and 10 hits, it was time to pull the plug."

That outing came after Locke dropped a 2-0 decision in Miami on July 26, giving up both runs and striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings.

Locke was outdueled by Henderson Alvarez, who faces off against the Pirates starter again tonight.

Alvarez, one of the players involved in last November's mega trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, made his Marlins debut on July 4 and picked up his first win with the club in the outing versus the Pirates. The righty logged six scoreless innings while facing Pittsburgh for the first time.

Alvarez followed up by beating the New York Mets on Wednesday, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings.

"(Alvarez) went out there and did exactly what we needed," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It was fun to watch him."

The 23-year-old has given up just four runs over his last four outings, spanning 27 innings, and has yielded more than three earned runs in just of his six outings this season. He is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA for the Marlines.

Alvarez's victory over the Pirates came in the opener of a three-game set versus Pittsburgh, a series in which Miami won twice. The Marlins then split a four-game series with the Mets and lost two of three to Cleveland to conclude a 10-game homestand at 5-5.

The Marlins were blanked 2-0 by Cleveland on Sunday, but have still gone 30-26 since May 31. They play the first of nine straight on the road tonight.

"We're not getting a ton of hits, and in a game like this that hurts you," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

The Pirates have won six of eight so far on an 11-game homestand that concludes with this series. They got a gem from A.J. Burnett in Sunday's 5-1 win over Colorado, with the righty logging his first complete game of the season.

"This was his best game of the season," Hurdle said of his starter.

The Pirates swept the Marlins in three games the last time the clubs played in Pittsburgh, from July 20-22 in 2012.

08/06 10:36:54 ET

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tonight at 9:30 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
2nd
UNCW 59
ECU 52
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
4th
CHA 88
UTA 76
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
4th
NOP 70
POR 94
 
4th
CHA 88
UTA 76
 
2nd
HOU 31
ATL 45
 
1st
DAL 15
SAN 15
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
IND
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
MIL
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
4th
AFA 31
WMICH 17
 
9:15pm Tonight
BGU
SALABAMA
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
 
2nd
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
2nd
DAY 64
BU 55
 
2nd
UNCW 59
ECU 52
 
2nd
CLMB 75
HOF 71
 
2nd
GMAS 70
IONA 62
 
2nd
TOWS 47
LAS 58
 
2nd
MAN 70
MRGST 68
 
2nd
CCST 74
YALE 83
 
2nd
PEPP 61
RICH 64
 
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
 
2nd
KYST 65
TEXAM 56
 
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
2nd
UMKC 63
INCWORD 62
 
2nd
IDST 45
CALST 48
 
2nd
NIOWA 39
IOWA 32
 
2nd
SIUE 31
UWMIL 35
 
1st
TEX 37
LBSU 29
 
Half
TCU 43
TXSA 26
 
1st
ARK 18
SEMIZ 10
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARST
LEH
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
 
9:00pm Tonight
WASH
OKLA
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
STED
 
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
BST
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
CPSL
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
FRES
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
TAMCC
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
SDKST
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
2nd Intermission
CLB 1
CHI 1
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 0
COL 2
 
2nd
PIT 2
FLA 1
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
OTT 1
 
2nd Intermission
TOR 3
PHI 5
 
3rd
NYI 0
TAM 0
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 0
WAS 2
 
1st Intermission
MIN 2
NAS 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
STL
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
1st
SFX 7
SDC 0