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Arizona at Cincinnati

Venue: Great American Ball Park

While Mike Leake brought embarrassment to the Cincinnati Reds this past weekend, he also provided the lone solid effort by a starter in a disappointing four-game series.

Sam LeCure, however, has also fared very well in his outings this season.

Still in search of his first 2011 victory, LeCure will make his third start when the Reds begin a three-game home set Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, owners of the worst ERA in the NL.

Cincinnati (9-7) lost three of four to Pittsburgh in a series capped by a 9-3 defeat Monday. What transpired earlier in the day was more interesting, with Leake arrested on a shoplifting charge at a downtown department store, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of $59.88.

"Long day," manager Dusty Baker said.

The Reds issued a statement saying, "We do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally."

With Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey out with injuries, Leake was the only starter to pitch well against Pittsburgh, allowing two runs over six innings Saturday in an 11-2 win. Reds starters posted a 11.77 ERA in the other games.

LeCure (0-0, 2.25 ERA) could provide a cure for those woes. He has a 2.45 ERA in two starts, and yielded one run and one hit over six innings last Tuesday, retiring the final 12 batters he faced in an 8-2, 11-inning win at San Diego.

The right-hander will be starting against the Diamondbacks (6-8) for the first time. He yielded one hit over three innings of scoreless relief against them in a 3-1 loss Sept. 14.

Reds starters fared poorly in losing two of three at Arizona from April 8-10. Travis Wood and Leake each allowed six runs in losses sandwiched around Bronson Arroyo's solid six innings in a 6-1 victory in the middle game.

The Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew went 6 for 12 with four RBIs in that series while Chris Young was 4 for 13 with two homers and five RBIs. Justin Upton was 5 for 12 and Willie Bloomquist 5 for 10.

Offense has not been a problem for the Diamondbacks, who are in or near the top five in the majors in batting average (.277) and slugging percentage (.437).

The issue has been their NL-worst 5.55 staff ERA. Arizona's starters have the worst ERA in the majors at 6.00.

"We haven't made pitches," manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "The pitching side we're well below average, and that's where our success lies."

Armando Galarraga (2-0, 6.75) has won his first two outings despite not pitching well. He gave up five runs over five innings last Tuesday in a 13-8 victory over St. Louis.

The right-hander has never faced the Reds.

He'll get his first look at Joey Votto, a career .377 hitter against Arizona after going 6 for 10 earlier this month. The reigning NL MVP has reached base in every game this season, hitting .429 with 14 walks.

Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs combined to go 3 for 24 against the Diamondbacks earlier this month.

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Probable Starters

Armando Galarraga, RHP
2011 stats
12.0 Innings Pitched 12.0
2-0 Wins-Losses 0-0
6.75 Earned Run Average 2.25
4 Walks 4
8 Strikeouts 14
96 Pitches Per Start 86
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 3.0
--- Wins-Losses 0-0
- Earned Run Average 0.00

Sam LeCure, RHP
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Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Arizona3rd NL West6568.489103-7 W 2
Cincinnati5th NL Central5477.41231 ½ 3-7 L 1
vs Sam LeCure
vs Armando Galarraga

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Arizona 135 Cincinnati -145
T. GosewischKnee
J. HellicksonGlute
A. HillHamstring
B. ZieglerAnkle
N. AdcockArm
H. BaileyElbow
B. BoeschAnkle
Z. CozartKnee
B. HamiltonShoulder
S. MarshallShoulder
D. MesoracoHip
J. MoscotShoulder
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Apr 13CHCCHC 7-6Rondon Parra 
Apr 14CHCCIN 3-2DeSclafani Arrieta 
Apr 15CHCCHC 5-0Wood Marquis 
Apr 24CINCHC 7-3Motte Badenhop 
Apr 25CINPPD   
Apr 26CINCHC 5-2Arrieta DeSclafani 
Jun 11CHCCHC 6-3Wood Lorenzen 
Jun 12CHCCIN 5-4Hoover Rondon 
Jun 13CHCCHC 4-3Motte Cingrani 
Jun 14CHCCHC 2-1Schlitter Badenhop 
Jul 20CINCIN 5-4Mattheus Grimm 
Jul 21CINCHC 5-4Motte Adcock 
Jul 22CINCIN 9-1Leake Hendricks 
Jul 22CINCHC 6-5Rondon Chapman 
Aug 31CHCCIN 13-6Mattheus Grimm 
Sep 1CHCCHC 5-4Rodney Badenhop 
Sep 2CHC 2:20 PM EDT  
Sep 29CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 30CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Oct 1CIN12:35 PM EDT