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Jul 19, 2009 - 3:44 AM By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer

San Francisco (49-40) at Pittsburgh (39-50), 1:35 p.m. EDT

Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Zach Duke replaced an injured San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain on the NL All-Star team. On Sunday, they'll get a chance to oppose each other for the first time in over three years.

Duke will try to add to the Giants' woes in this series as the Pirates look to complete their second three-game home sweep of San Francisco in as many years.

Pittsburgh (40-50) had Duke (8-8, 3.29 ERA) named to the All-Star team for the first time this week when Cain (10-2, 2.38) was removed from the active roster after he was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of San Diego's Tim Stauffer on July 10. A Giants spokesman said X-rays of Cain's pitching arm showed no significant damage and the injury was diagnosed as a bruise.

Cain will be making the start Sunday.

"I should be fine," Cain told the Giants' official Web site. "I have swelling (in the arm), but nothing out of the ordinary."

The Giants (49-41) probably aren't excited about facing Duke after being stifled by Pirates starters in the first two games of this series. Paul Maholm allowed an unearned run in eight innings of a 2-1, 14-inning win Friday, and Charlie Morton worked seven innings Saturday in a 2-0 victory.

San Francisco has lost three straight overall, and five in a row at Pittsburgh. The Giants have 12 hits, four walks and 18 strikeouts in this series.

"It's been a rough start here, but it's two games. It is what it is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We'll get in a rhythm."

Duke, who is 6-3 with a 2.77 ERA in nine home starts, could pose another challenge for the Giants. He posted a 1.65 ERA in winning two starts against San Francisco last year.

The left-hander, though, is 0-3 with a 4.29 ERA in his last three starts. The Pirates have scored a total of six runs in those games.

Cain, meanwhile, is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh. He has been unable to slow down Pirates All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who is 7 for 13 versus him.

The right-hander won six straight starts from May 17-June 14, and is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last five outings.

The only previous time Cain and Duke met was on June 8, 2006, when the Giants won 5-4. Neither starter got a decision and both allowed three runs - Cain in four innings and Duke over six-plus.

San Francisco was able to keep Pittsburgh rookie Garrett Jones in the ballpark Saturday. Jones had a double in four at-bats after homering in his four previous games, going deep twice Friday.

"We're pitching well," Bochy said. "You can say the same thing for the other club... But they're getting enough runs to beat us."

Pittsburgh has won just three of its last 10 games, scoring 25 runs in the process.

"We need to obviously swing the bats better and score some more runs so our guys don't have to throw shutouts," Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson said.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NL
    SAN FRANCISCO 4
    PITTSBURGH 3 FINAL

    Jul 19 4:15 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN DOUMIT SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ AND ANDREW
    MCCUTCHEN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R DOUMIT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 4
    PITTSBURGH 3 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.244, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants 4, Pirates 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 19 3:46 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Giants 4, Pirates 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 19 3:46 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOHN BOWKER SCORED NATE SCHIERHOLTZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 4
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: K FRANDSEN (.108, 0-FOR-2)

    Giants 4, Pirates 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 19 3:01 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NATE SCHIERHOLTZ SCORED BENGIE MOLINA AND PABLO
    SANDOVAL
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N SCHIERHOLTZ ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: E RENTERIA (.258, 0-FOR-2)

    Giants 3, Pirates 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 19 2:59 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PABLO SANDOVAL SCORED RANDY WINN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P SANDOVAL ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B MOLINA (.262, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Giants 1, Pirates 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 19 2:54 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON MOSS (4) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF MATT CAIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0, PITTSBURGH 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.265, 4 HR, 35 RBI)

    Giants 0, Pirates 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 19 2:05 PM