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Padres Vs. Cardinals Preview: St. Louis Opens A 3-Game Series With San Diego On Monday

The Cardinals return home for a three-game series with San Diego.

PITTSBURGH - MAY 08:  Jaime Garcia #54 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 8, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - MAY 08: Jaime Garcia #54 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 8, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals return home on Monday night to host the San Diego Padres, and they're hoping to forget about what has been a rough week-and-a-half stretch. The Cardinals have won just two of their last 10 games and seen their lead in the Central shrink to a half game.

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They can start to turn things around against the 16-26 Padres. Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.68 ERA) is scheduled to start for St. Louis, and the Padres will be sending Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.94) to the mound.

Game 1 Date & Time: Monday, May 21, 7:15 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

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