|Starling is back and the A-Team lineup is intact tonight (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Pitchers: Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.50) kicks it off against Dan Straily (0-0, 3.50). Nicasio has been a wild child as a starter, although he did show a third pitch, his change, a bit last outing, so that may help generate an extra strike or two. He needs those strikes, too - 11 walks in 20 IP have been running up his pitch count and ERA. Straily has had a kind of whirlwind relationship with the Reds. He was claimed from San Diego, carried as a long man after a career as a starter, and then tossed back into the rotation to replace Tim Melville. This will be his third start; he's had one good and one bad turn in that role so far. He's been workmanlike against the Bucs, seeing them four times with a 1-0/3.55 mark.
Lineup: John Jaso 1B, Cutch CF, David Freese 3B, Starling Marte LF, Fran Cervelli C, Gregory Polanco RF, Josh Harrison 2B, Jordy SS, Nicasio P. Nobody down for maintenance today; it's the regular lineup.
- The Pirates have won four in a row for the second time this month. It won't be that easy to extend, tho; the Reds took two-of-three earlier in the month at GABP and won 11-of-19 last year.
- The Pirates today announced the extensions of the entire coaching staff through 2017, so Uncle Ray and the gang will be back next season.
- Baseball news: Marlin 2B Dee Gordon flunked his PED test and was suspended for 80 games.