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Karstens keeps rotation spot

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WASHINGTON — Right-hander Jeff Karstens, who pitched well Tuesday in a 5-2 loss against the Washington Nationals, will remain in the starting rotation.

“He gives us a chance to win,” manager John Russell said. “That was a tough game for anybody to pitch in last night and Jeff did a nice job. He deserves the right to be in the rotation. He’s pitched in some very big games for us and he’s done what we’ve asked of him. He’s earned the opportunity to continue that for now.”

As long as Karstens stays in the rotation and rookie Brad Lincoln stays in the majors, Dana Eveland will be in the bullpen. When he traded for Eveland on June 1, GM Neal Huntington tabbed the lefty “a probable upgrade” in the rotation, but Eveland has made just one start.

»»» Infielder Bobby Crosby (stomach virus) rejoined the team today and will be available to pinch-hit. Russell said there’s a chance Ryan Doumit (concussion) also could be available tonight.

»»» Tuesday, righty Charlie Morton (shoulder fatigue) made his first rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis. Morton worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out three against Pawtucket.

»»» High-A Bradenton put infielder Brock Holt (knee contusion) on the disabled list. Gift Ngoepe was moved to Bradenton.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (23-35) — 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Andy LaRoche 3b, 6. Lastings Milledge rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8.Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Brad Lincoln (MLB debut) rhp

Nationals (28-31) 1. Cristian Guzman 2b, 2. Nyjer Morgan cf, 3. Ryan Zimmerman 3b, 4. Adam Dunn 1b, 5. Josh Willingham lf, 6. Roger Bernadina rf, 7. Ian Desmond ss, 8. Wil Nieves c, 9. John Lannan (2-3, 4.79) lhp

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