Cards Host Pirates

An important NL Central battle is on tap Friday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Pirates are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the division, but failed to increase that lead on Thursday, as they were denied a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with Wednesday's 9-3 loss at Miller Park. Francisco Liriano was hammered in his three innings of work and allowed seven runs and seven hits. Andrew McCutchen homered and newcomer Marlon Byrd added three hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who had won five of seven games. Pittsburgh will also visit Texas on its current road trip and hopes A.J. Burnett can pitch the club back into the win column. Burnett is 7-9 with a 3.09 earned run average in 25 starts and threw seven innings of one-run ball in last Saturday's 7-1 win over the Cardinals. Burnett, a right-hander, is 8-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cardinals. St. Louis, meanwhile, will kick off a nine-game homestand Friday versus the Pirates, Brewers and Mariners, and enters having lost six of eight games. In Thursday's 6-2 loss at Cincinnati in the finale of a four-game set, Lance Lynn was dealt the loss for giving up four runs in five innings. David Freese homered in the loss for the Cardinals, who currently lead the NL wild card race. Joe Kelly gets the start for St. Louis and is 7-3 with a 3.20 earned run average in 32 games this season. Kelly hasn't lost since June 5 and is 7-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last nine starts. The Cardinals are 8-1 in that time. Kelly has faced the Pirates seven times (3 starts) in his career and is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA. Pittsburgh is 10-6 against the Cardinals this season.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

1 week 1 hour ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Garrett Leimkuehler, Sophomore Quarterback for the Hermann Bearcats. Garrett has completed 58% of his passes, 22 of 38 for 441 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also carried the ball 36 times for 371 yards for 13 touchdowns and he is averaging more than 10 yards per carry.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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On Saturday, September 6, our family lost a dear friend to a car accident. Listeners know her as Lexi the Impulse Puppy. It surprised us a bit just how much the loss struck us--a tribute to just how much that dog loved us--and just how much we loved that dog. Dogs are not the same as people, but they certainly tap into the very best of us.

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SPORTS CORNER

30 min 19 sec ago

The Cardinals open their final road trip of the season tonight in Chicago. Adam Wainwright tries for his 20th win, while the Cubs start Travis Wood. St. Louis will also play three at Arizona this weekend. The Cardinals lead the Pirates by two-and-a-half games in the NL Central.