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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Jonathan Sanchez, LHP
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    Jonathan Sanchez, last 3 starts
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The Majors' arguably poorest 2012 starter (8.07 ERA for Rockies and Royals) tries to begin writing his comeback story in familiar territory: The former Giant has made 13 career starts against the Dodgers, five in Dodger Stadium.

Zack Greinke, RHP
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    Zack Greinke, last 3 starts
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Greinke makes his Dodgers debut, which was delayed by a minor elbow ailment that threw him off schedule. The $147 million, former Cy Young winner might be a little short in arm strength, but the 'pen should be rested after a day off Thursday.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
A.J. Burnett, RHP
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    A.J. Burnett, last 5 years vs. LAD
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Burnett, not yet active last season for the Pirates' only West Swing, makes only his second Dodger Stadium start in nine years. In 2010, he was roughed up there for six runs in three innings, but he's 4-3 lifetime against Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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    Clayton Kershaw, last 3 starts
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    Clayton Kershaw, regular season
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    Clayton Kershaw, last 5 years vs. PIT
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What can Kershaw do as an encore to his Opening Day shutout and home run? When he's throwing strikes with his curveball, as he did against the Giants, he's pretty much untouchable. He's only 1-1 in six starts against the Pirates lifetime.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, last 3 starts
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The Bucs' steadiest Spring Training pitcher makes his first regular-season start, hoping to pick up where he left off last season, which he finished by holding Atlanta to two hits for six innings for his first big league win.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
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Ryu made his Major League debut vs. the Giants, giving up three runs (one earned) on 10 hits with five strikeouts. He used his changeup to induce three double plays and escape trouble. Ryu said he was nervous but should be more comfortable Sunday.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Wandy Rodriguez, LHP
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When Rodriguez won his season debut, it gave him six wins in a 35-game stretch dating to August, compared with five combined for other Bucs starters. He was brilliant in that debut, blanking the Cubs on two hits for 6 2/3.

Trevor Cahill, RHP
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Cahill was cruising along in his first start of the year against the Cardinals before hitting a wall in the sixth. Cahill gave up a pair of runs in the sixth on a homer by Matt Holliday and allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
James McDonald, RHP
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McDonald was very encouraging in his first start of the season, allowing the Cubs two hits and one run in seven innings and retiring 13 of the last 14 men he faced. He's still trying to conquer road woes (career 14-20 with 5.30 ERA).

Brandon McCarthy, RHP
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McCarthy struggled in his D-backs debut, but after the game went 16 innings, many forgot at the end that he had even started. McCarthy allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings against the Cardinals.

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