The game starts at 4:05 and will be aired nationally on Fox Sports and locally broadcast by 93.7 The Fan.
Pirate lineup: Starling Marte LF, Jose Tabata RF, Andrew McCutchen CF, pedro Alvarez 3B, Russell martin C, Garrett Jones 1B, Jordy Mercer 2B, Clint Barmes SS and AJ Burnett P.
Reds lineup: Shin-Soo Choo CF, Chris Heisey LF, Joey Votto 1B, Brandon Phillips 2B, Jay Bruce RF, Jack Hannahan 3B, Zack Cozart SS, Devin Mesoraco C and Mat Latos P.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that "...the Pirates have interest in Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, and probably several other teams would, too. But unless something changes, he's staying in San Francisco."
- Post All-Star is crunch time for the Bucs. The Pirates play 35 of their remaining 68 games against NL Central opponents, with 22 matches against the Reds and Cards. Pittsburgh has posted a 25-16 record against its own division this year, with a 10-10 mark on the road. The Pirates are looking to post their first winning season against the Central since the division was formed in 1994. They're 6-5 against the Reds.
- Jordy Mercer has a five game hitting streak.
- This series features the top two NL home run hitters since the beginning of last season. Pedro Alvarez has hit a league-leading 54 homers followed by Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce (53) in 2012-13.
- Dave Cameron of Fangraphs posted his list of the Top Ten players by trade value, saying "...they’re the kinds of players that we’ll be telling our grandkids about." #4 is Cutch. "There isn’t a single (thing) that that McCutchen is better at than anyone else in Major League Baseball. But he’s so good across the board that the overall package is a franchise player. He’s great, and there’s room for more."
- JP Breen, in a Fangraphs fantasy league article, isn't sold on Jeff Locke yet, but writes "I’ve actually come around to the fact that he may be the perfect pitcher for the environment in which he plays. He’s generating a ton of ground balls, and the Pirates are converting the most ground balls into outs (in MLB). Combine that with the fact that Locke gets to play in the spacious PNC Park - which should keep his home-run rate suppressed - he’s essentially in the perfect environment to find success on the mound."
- Neil Walker began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indy last night and went 0-for-3 while starting at second base.
- The Red Sox signed reliever Jose Contreras, recently released from Indy.