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Pirates Vs. Brewers Game Preview: Bucs Look To Burnett To Stop Skid

The Pittsburgh Pirates trail the St. Louis Cardinals by just half a game in the race for the second National League wild-card spot. They'll put the ball in A.J. Burnett's hand as they look for a much-needed win.

Burnett welcomes the month of September, as August was not so kind to the veteran right-hander. It was the first month in which Burnett did not win at least three games, and he saw his ERA rise from 3.19 to 3.67.

The Buccos, losers of seven of their last ten, hope the return of Andrew McCutchen will add a spark to the offense. McCutchen missed Friday's game, and hasn't homered in over two weeks.

The Brewers, meanwhile, are red-hot, having won ten of their last twelve games. They'll send Marco Estrada to the mound; he's allowed no earned runs and fanned 17 in his last two starts.

Saturday's game will start at 7:10 PM ET, and can be viewed on ROOT.

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