The battle for control of the NL Central rages on Sunday with the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the St Louis Cardinals.
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The Pirates are back atop the National League Central, which isn't the first time in 2013 and my guess is it won't be the last. Like them or hate them, you have to give the Buccos credit as they were in a funk heading in to this series with the Redbirds and after Saturday's decision, they own back-to-back victories over their division rivals. AJ Burnett was dominant on the mound, with the lone run scored on four hits and a base on balls over seven innings pitched. The bats made that a winning performance on 13 hits and a trio of waks, with Russell Martin pacing the attack with a home run and three runs knocked in, while Neil Walker posted three hits and an RBI. The Pirates send rookie Kris Johnson to the hill to face the Cardinals in his first career start. Johnson has one relief appearance to his credit,where he went six innings and allowed a pair of runs.
I haven't seen enough of Johnson to draw any conclusions about him, while Kelly has at least something to go on, although it won't matter if the Cardinals don't hit.