National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 21st
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (26-16) at Cincinnati Reds (21-19), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Mike Minor (2-3, 7.09)
Cincinnati - Mike Leake (0-5, 6.21)
(Sports Network) - Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake makes his eighth try at
a first win of 2012 tonight when the Reds host the Atlanta Braves in the
opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.
The eighth overall pick of the 2009 draft, Leake debuted with the Reds in 2010
and won eight games, then jumped to 12 wins across 29 appearances a season
He began 2012 with an April 10 loss to St. Louis, then got a no-decision five
days later in the Reds' 8-5 win at Washington. His next four outings were all
losses as he allowed 28 hits and 20 runs in 19 1/3 innings.
The skid ended with another no-decision in another Cincinnati win on May 16
against the Mets at New York, where he allowed a single earned run on seven
hits in six innings with five strikeouts.
Leake is 1-0 in two career starts against the Braves.
For Atlanta, lefty Mike Minor gets the start for the ninth time this season
and aims for his first win since April 19.
Picked one spot earlier than Leake by the Braves in 2009, Minor won eight
games across 23 appearances in 2010-11 and was 2-1 in his initial three starts
this season while allowing nine runs on 13 hits in 20 1/3 innings.
He's 0-2 in five subsequent outings, including an 8-4 loss to Miami in his
most recent outing on May 16, when he gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Minor has never faced the Reds.
On Sunday in Tampa Bay, Tim Hudson tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings and David Ross
added a solo home run as the Braves blanked the Rays, 2-0, in the finale of a
three-game interleague series.
Hudson (3-1) fanned three and surrendered just four hits and two walks for
Atlanta, which has won seven of its last 10.
"My sinker's been the key for me all year and just locating it down in the
zone and I was able to mix it in and out today," Hudson said.
Chipper Jones missed his second consecutive game with a left calf contusion,
suffered on Friday when B.J. Upton stung a hard one-hop infield single off his
leg in the third inning. The Braves improved to 7-11 without him in the
In New York, Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in three runs and the Reds beat
the Yankees for the second day in a row, 5-2, to finish off a three-game
Johnny Cueto (5-1) pitched into the eighth inning, outlasting Yankees ace CC
Sabathia, and picked up the win after allowing two runs on eight hits and two
The 26-year-old righty, coming off his first loss last Tuesday at Atlanta,
struck out five.
The Braves and Reds split six games in 2011 and were 1-1 this season in a pair
of games in Atlanta on May 14-15.
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