Today is the 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th career hit. The Clemente family and Steve Blass will mark the occasion with an on-field ceremony before the game this afternoon. A vintage Clemente jersey will be among the giveaways today for Fan Appreciation Day. If you have not yet read the outstanding story by the Trib’s Bob Cohn about The Great One’s milestone, you should do it now. Go ahead; I’ll wait here until you get back …
»»» LHP Wandy Rodriguez has notched at least 12 wins in each of his past four seasons. His 85 career wins since 2005 rank second among NL lefties (Cole Hamels has 90). Rodriguez has won five of his past six decisions and has a 2.84 ERA over his past eight outings.
»»» Last night’s 2-1 win as victory No. 77, 20 more than the club had in 2010. This is the ninth time since 1900 that the Pirates have increased their win total by 20-plus over the course of two seasons. The Pirates are 43-34 at home this season, which is one win shy of producing the best single-season mark at PNC Park. The Pirates went 43-38 in 2006, their only other winning season at PNC Park.
Game 159: Reds @ Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET
Reds (95-63): 1. Brandon Phillips 2b, 2. Wilson Valdez ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Todd Frazier lf, 5. Jay Bruce rf, 6. Scott Rolen 3b, 7. Drew Stubbs cf, 8. Ryan Hanigan c, 9. Johnny Cueto rhp (19-9, 2.83)
Pirates (77-81): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Josh Harrison 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b , 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Travis Snider rf, 7. Clint Barmes ss, 8. Rod Barajas c, 9. Wandy Rodriguez lhp (12-13, 3.79)