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Pregame: Scouting Hultzen

University of Virginia photo

University of Virginia photo

MILWAUKEE — GM Neal Huntington was at the University of Virginia last night, scouting Wahoos pitcher Danny Hultzen. The lefty is 9-2 with a 1.42 ERA. In 82 2/3 innings, he has allowed 56 hits and 13 walks and has racked up 121 strikeouts.

Last night, Hultzen gave up five runs (three earned) in the first inning of a 6-2 loss against Miami. Hultzen was sharp after that, though, aIlowing just two hits over the next six inning. It was his fourth loss in 81 career starts at UVa.

A team source told me “don’t read too deeply” into Huntington’s presence at Hultzen’s start, an indication Rice infielder Anthony Rendon and UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole remain at the top of the Pirates’ wish list.

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Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (18-20) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Matt Diaz rf, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (2-1, 3.62)

Brewers (17-21) – 1. Rickie Weeks 2b, 2. Craig Counsell ss, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Casey McGehee 3b, 6. Mark Kotsay rf, 7. Mitchell Boggs cf, 8. Jonathan Lucroy c, 9. Chris Narveson lhp (1-3, 4.38)

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