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Injured starters Mike Clevinger, Dinelson Lamet not on San Diego Padres roster

San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger will not pitch in the wild-card round, and he could miss the remainder of the postseason with an arm injury that did not resolve during a bullpen session Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

Clevinger is not the only Padres starter with an injury. Dinelson Lamet, who concluded the season with a 2.09 ERA and was expected to be their No. 2 starter, is also out for the three-game, opening-round series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

He has a biceps injury. San Diego named Chris Paddack its Game 1 starter in lieu of Clevinger. Padres general manager A.J. Preller announced Wednesday that Zach Davies will be the Game 2 starter, and if there’s a Game 3 it will be “all hands on deck.”

Right-hander Garrett Richards and left-hander Adrian Morejon also have started games for the Padres this year.

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The Padres obtained Clevinger, 29, from the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline and expected him to lead their playoff rotation.

Clevinger left a Sept. 23 start after one inning, and while he has attempted to throw in the week since, concerns about his short- and long-term health persist, according to sources.

Rotation depth, while not vital in the wild-card round, will become paramount in the division series and championship series, during which there will be no off days.

The Padres acquired Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for a six-player package. Clevinger had fallen out of favor with the Indians after he and teammate Zach Plesac broke curfew during a trip in Chicago.

Teammates blamed Clevinger of lying to them and they criticized him during a meeting, following which he and Plesac were demoted. Beyond this year, the concerns about Clevinger’s arm are acute.

He has two years before he reaches free agency, and the Padres spent significant prospect capital at the deadline in hopes of him anchoring the rotation over the next few years as they try to obtain the franchise’s first championship.

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St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

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(espn.go.com) – The Cardinals drew closer to a third straight NL Central title on Monday night with a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a triumph dimmed by a frightening collision between outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Peter Bourjos in the seventh that ended with Piscotty in the hospital.

It certainly would have been fun to see the Pirates sweep the Cardinals in this series, tie up the National League Central and set up a potential Monday tiebreaker game to determine the division title.

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Piscotty and Bourjos were tracking a fly ball to the gap in left-center by Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison when Bourjos’ left knee slammed into a diving Piscotty’s head. Bourjos made the catch while his rookie teammate lay motionless on the grass at PNC Park.

Piscotty was strapped to a backboard and carted off, his head bloodied, though he managed to raise his left hand before disappearing into a tunnel. The Cardinals said tests on Piscotty were negative. He was expected to remain in the hospital overnight for observation.

St. Louis recovered in time to reduce its magic number to clinch a third straight NL Central title to two after getting to Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon (3-2). The Cardinals can wrap up the division crown with a win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Matt Carpenter singled with one out in the ninth and scored all the way from first to break a scoreless tie when Pittsburgh right fielder Gregory Polancooverran Jon Jay’s hit and center fielder Andrew McCutchen couldn’t pick the ball up cleanly.

Reynolds then drilled his 12th homer of the year to give closer Trevor Rosenthalsome cushion for his 48th save. Jonathan Broxton (4-5) earned the win on a night the Pirates crowded the basepaths but never crossed home plate.

Pittsburgh, already assured of at least a wild-card berth, left 16 runners on base while falling four games behind the Cardinals with five to go.

It’s one the Pirates want to win to prevent the Cardinals from popping champagne in the visitor’s clubhouse at PNC Park. St. Louis’ victory took some of the buzz out of one of the most anticipated regular-season series in Pittsburgh since the park opened in 2001.

The Pirates have been relentlessly chasing the Cardinals for five months and began the final week of the regular season with a chance to catch their rivals if they could sweep a three-game series at home in a matchup of the teams with the two best records in the majors.

Instead, St. Louis did what it has done all year, relying on its pitching and just enough hitting to keep Pittsburgh at bay.

The Cardinals survived on a night they issued 10 walks. Pittsburgh put runners on base in every inning except the first, but none could find their way home on a night the Pirates went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 3 in the ninth with the tying run at the plate.

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn labored his way through five scoreless innings, most of them out of the stretch while the Pirates kept wasting opportunities to take control. Starling Marte was nailed at the plate to end the second while trying to score on a shallow fly to center by Jordy Mercer — Jason Heyward’s throw beat the speedy Marte by three steps.

Marte then struck out with the bases loaded to end the third. Polanco led off the fifth with a double only to run into an out at third on a chopper to shortstop by Josh Harrison. Lynn needed 96 pitches to retire 15 batters, walking four with six strikeouts.

Pittsburgh starter J.A. Happ, a revelation since being acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline from Seattle, was decidedly more efficient. The lefthander allowed only Kolten Wong’s single leading off the third.

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