PITTSBURGH -- After a few days of secrecy surrounding Pittsburghs starter Tuesday when it hosts the San Diego Padres for the opening of a three-game series, the Pirates divulged that Chad Kuhl will be on the mound.Thats not a shock, considering Kuhl has been brought up from Triple-A Indianapolis before in such situations.This time, though, could be different. Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington indicated that Kuhl could stick around and become a regular part of the rotation, at least for a stretch of time.Huntington probably wasnt intentionally heaping pressure on the 23-year-old right-hander to pitch well Tuesday, but what will be his fifth big-league start sets up as awfully important for his immediate future.If he keeps that low- to mid-90s sinker at the bottom of the zone and gets them to beat the ball into the ground and throws enough good sliders and changeups to mix and match, hes going to be a successful major league pitcher, Huntington said Sunday of Kuhl. He did that on occasion, but more often than not, (his pitches) were elevated. Thats not how hes going to be a successful major league pitcher.(We want to see him make a) few minor adjustments, get him back to pounding the bottom of the zone, and hes got a chance to keep this spot in this rotation.Kuhl is 1-0 in his four starts, with a 4.19 ERA. In 19 innings, he has allowed nine runs on 19 hits, including two homers, with five walks and 13 strikeouts.The Pirates have worked and reworked their rotation, and the future seems to rest heavily with a crop of young pitchers.Pittsburgh shipped high-priced Francisco Liriano to Toronto at the trade deadline and sent Jonathan Niese, who had been relegated to the bullpen, back to the Mets. Juan Nicasio and Jeff Locke have been moved to the bullpen.Although he is an established starter, Gerrit Cole is just 25. Jameson Taillon, 24, who is scheduled to face the Padres on Thursday, has all but sewn up a spot in the rotation.The Pirates think highly of Tyler Glasnow, 22, who is on the DL with a shoulder injury. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday before starting a rehab assignment.Steven Brault, 24, who has been called up for two spot starts, also is on the horizon.The two most veteran members of the staff are newly acquired Ivan Nova, 29, and Ryan Vogelsong, who at 39 is just rounding into form after missing more than two months because of facial fractures.Vogelsong is scheduled to face San Diego on Wednesday.We do have alternatives, but our anticipation is that Ryan will continue to give us a chance to win, Huntington said. As we feel hes able to do that, hell remain starting.The future, though, is with the youth.Ultimately, we need them to be them, Huntington said of the young members of the organization. Theres a reason we put (rookies) in position to get starts or get the ball out of the bullpen or get at-bats. Theyve shown us abilities.San Diego also has some young arms, and will send rookie right-hander Luis Perdomo, 23, out Tuesday against Kuhl.Perdomo (5-5) has a 6.67 ERA, but it is 4.07 over his past seven appearances. Last Tuesday, he threw a season-high 113 pitches against Milwaukee while allowing three runs on 10 hits (also a career high) over 6 2/3 innings, with four walks and six strikeouts.I wanted to go out there and have a good outing, Perdomo, speaking through an interpreter, told the San Diego Union Tribune. I was deep into my pitch count, but I definitely wanted to get through the seventh and wasnt able to get that last out.You have to be aggressive and you have to attack batters and you have to enjoy that challenge to get to the seventh and get deeper into the game.The Padres might get deeper into their staff in the coming days. 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IRVING, Texas -- The health of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant gives the Dallas Cowboys reason to believe they can have a turnaround as dramatic as the one that sent them tumbling in the other direction a year ago.At the same time, executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones isnt ignoring a defense that couldnt make game-changing plays and finished last in the NFL in takeaways and turnover margin.Were not sticking our head in the sand right here and saying, `Well its all about the injuries, Jones said. But I still say a lot of teams have a big problem if they dont have their main signal caller. Should we have won more games? Of course we should have. I do think we can have a major turnaround.Romo had a full offseason after missing 12 games in a 4-12 season with a twice-broken left collarbone. The other key component of Dallas going from first to last in the NFC East following a 12-4 run in 2014 was Bryant breaking his right foot in the opener and never getting to full speed coming off an All-Pro season.While Bryant was mostly held out of offseason workouts coming off two surgeries on the foot, all signs point to him being ready when training camp opens July 30 in Oxnard, California.And that has Romo and his top receiver getting questions about how good the offense can be after adding Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the draft, which has produced three first-round picks in the offensive line for Dallas since 2011.Were not ready to talk about the season, Romo said during offseason practices. We are trying to figure out how to get better right now. For us, we have a long way to go. Just got to get to work and put your head down right now and work your butt off.The defense had trouble rushing the quarterback last season and will be without young projected starters DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory the first four games on substance-abuse suspensions.Rolando McClain will miss the first 10 games for the same reason, and might even get released before camp because the mercurial linebacker will be out more than half the season anyway.Right now on paper I dont think weve got anybody whos ever had 10 sacks in a season on the roster, Jones said. That one sticks out like a sore thumb.Things to conssider with the Cowboys coming off a two-year run of .dddddddddddd500 (12-4 and 4-12 for 16-16) after three straight 8-8 seasons that ended with losses to division rivals with a playoff berth at stake:FORGET THE PAST: Bryant said its not about regaining the form that led him to an NFL-high 16 touchdowns receiving two years ago. 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End Benson Mayowa, signed away from Oakland on an offer sheet, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee but should be available most of camp.RAIDING THE RIVALS: In addition to Morris, the Cowboys signed former Philadelphia defensive tackle Cedric Thornton in hopes of boosting the pass rush in part through a stronger interior line. Thornton is likely to start alongside Tyrone Crawford.WITTENS WORDS: Going into his 14th season, tight end Jason Witten has seen everything except a deep playoff run. He was preaching the same last year doesnt matter refrain when the Cowboys were defending division champs a year ago. I think 2015 is over, said Witten, one of two tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. There is not really a lingering effect. 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