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Pittsburgh Pirates (19-17 Cheap MLB Jerseys , fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (22-18, third in the NL Central)St. Louis; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Steven Brault (0-1, 7.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 16 strikeouts) Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (0-3, 4.63 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 29 strikeouts)LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Cardinals are 11-12 against teams from the NL Central. The St. Louis offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys , good for second in the majors. Jose Martinez leads the team with an average of .340.The Pirates are 8-6 against NL Central Division teams. Pittsburgh’s team on-base percentage of .294 is last in the majors. Josh Bell leads the lineup with an OBP of .363. The Pirates won the last meeting 2-1. Trevor Williams secured his second victory and Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Pittsburgh. Andrew Miller registered his second loss for St. Louis.TOP PERFORMERS: Paul DeJong leads the Cardinals with 49 hits and is batting .327. Yadier Molina has 12 hits and is batting .000 over the last 10 games for St. Louis.Bell leads the Pirates with nine home runs and is batting .300. Melky Cabrera has 12 hits and is batting .000 over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 3-7, .251 batting average, 4.08 ERA, outscored by seven runsPirates: 6-4, .257 batting average, 5.94 ERA, outscored by 20 runsCardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm).Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: 10-day IL (elbow) , Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 10-day IL (shoulder), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Chris Archer: 10-day IL (thumb), Corey Dickerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall: 10-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Jacob Stallings: 10-day IL (neck). LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerardo Parra’s signing is paying immediate dividends for the Washington Nationals.Two days after signing with Washington following his designation for assignment by San Francisco last week Cheap MLB stitched jerseys , Parra hit a grand slam in his second game with the Nationals as they rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.Parra’s homer came in the eighth inning when he hit a fastball by Dylan Floro on the sixth pitch of the at-bat into the seats in right-center for his second home run of the season. It was his second career grand slam, and first since 2012.“I’m very happy. It is a big moment for me,” Parra said. “I just wanted to hit a pitch in the zone.”Parra has only 81 home runs in 11 seasons but hit his eighth against the Dodgers — his most against one team — and all but one have come in Los Angeles.“To see Parra hit it over the wall that was just what we needed and gave us so much energy,” Nationals starter Max Scherzer said.The Nationals trailed 2-0 going into the eighth after Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler allowed only four hits. They loaded the bases with one out against Pedro Baez (2-2) and got their first run when Juan Soto drove in Wilmer Difo with a single after fouling off five straight pitches with a 1-2 count. It was Soto’s first game back after he was activated off the injured list earlier in the day.Scherzer (2-4) went seven innings and allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. His only mistake came in the third inning when he walked Max Muncy with two outs and then served up a fastball to Justin Turner, who homered to right-center. Sean Doolittle picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.“He’s been pitching really well. For him to get a win was gratifying not only for him but for the club,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Scherzer.Buehler struck out seven in his first career start against the Nationals. It is the second consecutive game where he has gone seven innings.Alex Verdugo had two hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped two of their last three at home after winning 10 straight.“Can’t say enough about what Walker did tonight. He was dominant tonight but unfortunately that eighth inning got away from us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.HOT STREAKTurner has hit five of his six home runs in the last four games. In 13 games since April 26, the Dodgers third baseman is batting .377 (20 for 33) with six home runs and 12 RBIs.BACK IN LINEUPSoto missed 10 games due to back spasms Best Cheap MLB Jerseys , but was able to pick up where he left off. He has reached base in his last 16 games and still leads the team in runs batted in (23) along with being tied for the lead in home runs with six.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: P Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection) began a rehab assignment at Double A Harrisburg. The right-hander struck out one in a scoreless inning. Martinez said he wants Rosenthal to refine his mechanics and gain confidence after he struggled the first month of the season. Rosenthal was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in seven appearances where he allowed 12 runs in three innings.Dodgers: P Caleb Ferguson (oblique strain) will make another rehab appearance on Tuesday either at Triple A Oklahoma City or Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander tossed a scoreless frame at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.71 ERA) has struck out nine or more in four straight starts. He fanned 11 last Tuesday at Milwaukee but also allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss.Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1, 2.03 ERA) has gone at least seven innings in his last three starts and threw a complete-game shutout against Atlanta on Tuesday. Ryu threw seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in his last start against Washington on April 21, 2018.