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Saturday http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/jahlani-tavai-jersey , manager Mike Matheny spoke hopefully of a bounce the win would create.

His instinct proved correct Sunday when St. Louis capped a rough road trip with an 8-2 rout that allowed it to salvage a split of a four-game series with the National League Central leaders and pushed it within 4 1/2 games of the Brewers.

The Cardinals open a six-game homestand Monday night in Busch Stadium with the second of four straight series against first-place teams, facing the Cleveland Indians.

St. Louis (40-36) scored just seven runs in its first three games in Milwaukee, whiffing 34 times, with 15 occurring in a 2-1 loss Friday night. It fanned another 11 times on Sunday but mixed in 10 hits, including a three-run homer by Jose Martinez to cap a five-run fourth inning that turned momentum for good.

While the Cardinals enter the series with hope that they are turning things around, Cleveland (43-33) did so during the last week. Its 12-2 rout Sunday of Detroit was its seventh straight win, moving it eight games ahead of the Tigers and Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.

The Indians also appear to have the mound advantage for the series opener with Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.00 ERA) against spot starter John Gant (1-2, 4.39).

Clevinger’s last start was one of his best this year. He notched 10 strikeouts Tuesday night in 7 2/3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Clevinger has lasted at least six innings in five straight starts http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/kahale-warring-jersey , solidifying his place in a deep rotation.

“His fastball had really good life,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria told mlb.com. “He was keeping the ball down below the zone. You saw him get a lot of checked swings on some of his breaking pitches … he’s got a pretty good repertoire and was able to command consistently in the zone consistently throughout the whole ballgame.”

Gant is starting in place of Michael Wacha, who took his 8-2 record to the disabled list last week after suffering an oblique strain Wednesday in Philadelphia. The former Atlanta Braves prospect is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts this year, leading some to wonder why Dakota Hudson (10-2 at Triple-A Memphis) or Daniel Poncedeleon was not picked to replace Wacha.

In his last start, Gant lasted 5 1/3 innings on May 25 in Pittsburgh, losing 8-1 despite fanning seven and walking none. He was charged with four hits and three runs.

Gant has made one career start against Cleveland, lasting two innings in a 2016 game for the Braves and permitting one run and three hits with two strikeouts.

Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24) starts Tuesday night for St. Louis opposite Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.10). Jack Flaherty (3-2 http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey , 2.50) faces the Indians’ Shane Bieber (2-0, 2.45) in a battle of rookie right-handers on Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history. Currently the only NFL team with six Super Bowls, the Steelers have made their mark in the history as a legendary franchise. The greatest franchises often win by drafting, and the Steelers are no different. And in comparison to other teams, the Steelers have one of the best track records of drafting players that go on to become great. Pittsburgh is notorious for their legendary defenses, notably the "Steel Curtain" which is the best example of what great drafting and scouting can do for the legacy of a franchise. That’s not to say that all Steelers picks have become what they thought they would have when drafting them. Pittsburgh has dealt with the frustration of drafting busts as well, which means this list will contain the eight best and seven worst Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft picks.This list will contain the best first round picks only, so the likes of Jack Lambert, Mike Webster http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey , Mel Blount, etc. will not be included because they weren't drafted in the first round of their respective drafts. Also, this list will not include the likes of Bill Dudley and Len Dawson who, though they are Hall of Famers drafted by the Steelers, reached their tremendous accomplishments with other teams. This list will also not feature Gabriel Rivera because if it were not for his tragic accident, we don't know what he would have accomplished on the field. With that said, here are the eight best and seven worst first round picks in Pittsburgh Steelers history.


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