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Padres Preview: 07/21 Andrew Cashner goes for his first road win and Friars try to avoid a sweep

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The Padres and Cardinals conclude their four-game set at Busch Stadium this evening. The Padres, who came into this series high off a sweep of the Giants, will now try to avoid getting swept themselves after dropping each of their first three games in St. Louis.

Andrew Cashner will, for now, be making the start for San Diego. Rumors have been swirling of potential trades involving Cashner, but up to this point nothing concrete has surfaced. So the right-hander goes into this evening's matchup still a Friar, and looking to notch his first win away from home in 2016. Wins in general have been hard to come by for Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 5.05 ERA on the season. But he is coming off one of his best starts this year, a six-inning performance against the Giants, whom he kept to one earned run on four hits while striking out nine batters and walking none.

We've missed this version of Cashner. ( : Denis Poroy - Getty Images)

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Cashner had a similarly successful outing against the Cardinals back in April. That time he also went six innings and allowed one run on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts along the way.

Adam Wainwright opposed Cashner in that game, as he'll also do today. In April he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, and was tagged with the loss.

The Cards righty is coming off his best start of the season, by far, and one of the best of his career. He tossed a complete-game shutout against the Marlins last Saturday, giving up only three hits and two walks en route to his ninth win of the season.

Game time: 4:15 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)

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