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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 …

Pirates:

  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

Reds:

  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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