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On location: Pirates 1, Reds 0

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (50-44) vs. Cincinnati Reds (47-49)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 85 degrees, clearing up but still humid

Here is the official live box score, and here are the lineups …


  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Josh Harrison, 3B
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  5. Garrett Jones, RF
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  7. Brandon Wood, SS
  8. Mike McKenry, C
  9. James McDonald, RHP


  1. Drew Stubbs, CF
  2. Zack Cozart, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Miguel Cairo, 3B
  6. Chris Heisey, RF
  7. Fred Lewis, LF
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Mike Leake, RHP

Rob Biertempfel has news updates on the Bucco Blog.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: First pitch from McDonald to Stubbs, 86 degrees.

7:08: Sizzling start for McDonald with swinging Ks of Cozart and Votto. Already has that curve going. Crowd into it again. Going to be a little bigger than last night.

7:31: Flipping through my scorebook, Walker’s 13-game hitting streak isn’t the whole story: He also has a hit in his first plate appearance of the past seven games. That’s pretty neat.

7:49: McDonald has good control of his fastball, which is getting up there at 92-93. That’s an even better sign than the curve. He looks sharp.

7:50: My Wednesday column will look into whether or not the Pirates’ players actually want outside help. And, from that, I will renew my call for outside help.

8:17: Just snapped the above photo. An amazing sight on a Tuesday night. Really is.

9:03: Total eruption just now for Joe Beimel’s big K of Jay Bruce. I mean people jumped out of their seats, the ones who weren’t already up. Here comes Chris Resop to try to get Stubbs.

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