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LOS ANGELES — A quickie blog this fine morning about three Buccos with LA ties …

»»» Reliever Jared Hughes has allowed just four hits — all singles — and zero runs in his first seven outings in the majors. Hughes was not on the 40-man roster at the start of the year and pitched this season at Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indy. Hughes, a SoCal native who played at Long Beach State, was a fourth-round draft pick in 2006.

»»» Last night was the first time ex-Dodgers pitcher James McDonald faced his former mates. And how’s this for coincidence and irony and whatnot: It came three years to the day from when McDonald made his MLB debut with the Dodgers against the Pirates at PNC Park.

»»» Chase d’Arnaud played at nearby Pepperdine. The past couple of days, some folks from the college’s athletic department were here to catch up with d’Arnaud and shoot an interview for a “local guy makes good” video.

Lineups for today’s game:

Pirates (68-84) – 1. Alex Presley cf, 2. Xavier Paul rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Garrett Jones 1b, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Brad Lincoln rhp (1-2, 3.73)

Dodgers (75-76) – 1. Dee Gordon ss, 2. Jamey Carroll 2b, 3. Matt Kemp cf, 4. Juan Rivera rf, 5. James Loney 1b, 6. Aaron Miles 3b, 7. Jerry Sands rf, 8. A.J. Ellis c, 9. Chad Billingsley rhp (10-10, 4.30)

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