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Saturday, July 26 (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (54-48) at Chicago Cubs (42-59), 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.25) Chicago - Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.12)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals are actively searching the trade market for a starting pitcher. Shelby Miller could change their minds with a strong showing on Saturday, as the Cards continue a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Miller has been inconsistent as a starter this season for the Cards and was relegated to bullpen duty after the All-Star break. However, Carlos Martinez has been equally ineffective, leaving the door open for Miller to get another shot before next Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

"I think we accomplished what the goal was from the beginning. Let's get him some rest and he got it," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He?s had a nice little period here to get himself right, strong and feeling good. Now we need to get him out on the mound and watch him get the consistency with the production."

Miller, who hasn't started since July 10, had struggled so far this season, posting a 7-8 record with a 4.25 ERA. Longevity has also been an issue, as he has gone seven innings or more only three times in 19 starts.

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with a right-hander of its own in Jake Arrieta, who is winless in his last three starts, but is 5-2 on the year with a 2.12 ERA. Arrieta battled the flu his last time out on Sunday and lost to Arizona, as he allowed three runs for the second straight start and gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I wasn't able to eat any solid foods and get enough in my stomach to sustain," Arrieta said. "It was just a weird three days. ... Most days I'll take that outing but I would've liked to do a little more to keep a run or two off the board. You've got to fight through it and give the team what you've got that day."

Chicago broke through first in this series on Friday, as Ryan Sweeney went 2- for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI to help the Cubs eke out a 7-6 win.

Luis Valbuena smacked a two-run shot and crossed the plate three times for the Cubs, who handed the Cardinals their fourth straight loss.

Kevin Siegrist (1-2) gave up the tie-breaking two-run homer to Valbuena in the seventh and was tagged with the loss.

"He was the right guy, he just couldn't get it done," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Siegrist.

Justin Grimm (3-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to earn the win.

Chicago starter Travis Wood, who hasn't recorded a win since June 15, allowed seven hits and five runs -- two earned -- in five innings of work.

"I really wanted to go deep in the game," Wood said. "I wasn't really throwing pitches all over the place. They fouled off a lot of pitches today and made me work. I was only able to go five, but luckily I was able to keep it close and we were able to pull it out."

These rivals have split 10 meetings this season.

07/26 10:22:28 ET

  • ACC: Wake Forest at Duke

    Wednesday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Duke vs. Wake Forest

    Wednesday at 8:00 pm on 620am

  • Big Ten: Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Thursday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Thursday at 9:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
Final
DAL 102
NOP 93
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
ALAAM 75
TXSOU 77
 
Final
VT 59
BC 66
Final
MVSU 66
GRAM 62
 
Final
ISU 77
OKLA 70
 
Final
ALAST 65
PVU 67
 
Final
ARKPB 64
JST 62
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
2nd
SJS 3
MON 0