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Bailey tries to continue momentum vs. Cards

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The staff veterans will square off in the rubber game as Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (11-5, 4.89 ERA) and the Reds' Homer Bailey (3-5, 7.32 ERA) take the mound at Great American Ball Park.

Wainwright will be making his return from the 10-day disabled list with Sunday's start. He was sidelined with mid-back tightness following one of his best starts of the season -- a 7 2/3-inning, two-run no-decision against the Cubs on July 22. He missed two turns through the rotation before being cleared to return. Wainwright was activated prior to the game, with left-hander Kevin Siegrist placed on the 10-day DL with left forearm tendinitis in a corresponding move.

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The staff veterans will square off in the rubber game as Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (11-5, 4.89 ERA) and the Reds' Homer Bailey (3-5, 7.32 ERA) take the mound at Great American Ball Park.

Wainwright will be making his return from the 10-day disabled list with Sunday's start. He was sidelined with mid-back tightness following one of his best starts of the season -- a 7 2/3-inning, two-run no-decision against the Cubs on July 22. He missed two turns through the rotation before being cleared to return. Wainwright was activated prior to the game, with left-hander Kevin Siegrist placed on the 10-day DL with left forearm tendinitis in a corresponding move.

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Wainwright got back on the mound Wednesday, when he threw a bullpen session at Miller Park. Said Wainwright afterward: "It was great. It was as good or better than I ever thought it could be … In my mind, there's nothing else I have to prove to be out there and ready to pitch."

Wainwright hasn't had great success against the Reds -- 9-11 with a 5.01 ERA in 28 games (23 starts). At Great American, he's 6-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 14 starts.

Bailey has been up and down since returning to the rotation after missing nearly all of the last 2 1/2 years with elbow trouble that led to three surgeries.

He's coming off one of his better starts. He went six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a 9-1 win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. It was the third straight start that he pitched at least six innings in.

He is 6-11 with a 5.13 ERA in the 21 starts against St. Louis in his career. The last of those starts was in April 2015.

Three things to know about this game

• Though it'll be a day game following a night game, Yadier Molina is expected to start again behind the plate on Sunday. He's 13-for-36 with three doubles, three homers and five RBIs in his career against Bailey.

• Matt Carpenter, who is hitless through the first four games of this road trip, is 17-for-29 vs. Bailey.

• Zack Cozart is expected to be activated from the disabled list and in the lineup. Cozart has been on the DL since July 26 with a right quad injury.

John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Reds on Saturday.

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