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Maholm: sore knee no big deal

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MIAMI — The Pirates are guaranteed not to have a 10-game winner this season, now that Paul Maholm, the only on the staff with nine wins, has been scratched due to a sore left knee. Maholm and manager John Russell both said the lefty was heatlhy enough that he could have pitched if it was a critical game.

“We came to an agreement that there wasn’t any need to push it through and make the final start,” Maholm said. “Everything is good. It’s not a setback or nothing major is wrong with it.”

Maholm said the knee bothered him a little during his last start and it got swollen after that game. He has had four surgeries on his left knee, and it bothered him off and on last season.

»»» This is the second time a span of three seasons that the Pirates cannot claim a pitcher with double-digit victories.

»»» Tonight, Daniel McCutchen will make his first start for the Pirates since Aug. 25. He’s never started against Florida, though the righty has tossed a pair of scoreless innings in two relief outings against the Marlins.

»»» The Pirates’ pitching staff has racked up 998 strikeouts, which is the team’s highest total since amassing 1,060 in 2006. This will be only the 10th time in team history the Pirates have gotten more than 1,000 strikeouts in a season.

»»» Russell said Ryan Doumit and Garrrett Jones are both healthy, even though neither is in the lineup today.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (56-103) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. John Bowker 1b, 6. Brandon Moss rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Daniel McCutchen (2-5, 6.36) rhp

Marlins (78-81) – 1. Emil Bonifacio cf, 2. Ozzie Martinez ss, 3. Logan Morrison lf, 4. Dan Uggla 2b, 5. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 6. Chad Tracy 3b, 7. Mike Stanton rf, 8. Brad Davis c, 9. Adalberto Mendez (1-2, 4.19) rhp

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