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On location: Dodgers 6, Pirates 4

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (62-74) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (65-70)

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 77 degrees, cloudy, some rain

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

Pirates:

  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Alex Presley, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Ryan Doumit, C
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Josh Harrison, 3B
  7. Brandon Wood, 1B
  8. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  9. Brad Lincoln, RHP

Dodgers:

  1. Dee Gordon, SS
  2. James Loney, 1B
  3. Matt Kemp, CF
  4. Andre Ethier, RF
  5. Aaron Miles, 3B
  6. Tony Gwynn Jr., LF
  7. A.J. Ellis, C
  8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  9. Dana Eveland, LHP

News updates are on our Pirates page. I’m here at the yard today.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Never easy to sell tickets to an unscheduled rainout makeup game.

4:05: First pitch from Lincoln to Gordon, 82 degrees.

4:18: Seriously lousy inning for Lincoln, with three runs, three hits. No, he didn’t get scorched, and he used only 17 pitches. But it would appear he’s nowhere near as sharp as in his first three starts since coming back.

4:30: Odd ending to that inning, with Gordon nearly taking Wood’s arm off at first base. It goes down as a 1-3 — official scorer Bob Hertzel just confirmed that next to me with a flip through his rulebook — because of the runner’s interference. Don Mattingly didn’t like it much, but oh, well.

4:36: Harrison’s 4-6-3 DP brings home the Pirates’ first run, if not an actual RBI. It’s 3-1. In general, the Pirates are getting decent swings off Eveland. Which is as it should be.

4:42: Another fine pick at third for Harrison. I know the book on him through the minors was that he’s bad defensively, but it could just be that he was miscast in the middle infield. He’s looked good at third.

5:15: Give Lincoln credit. After that three-run first, he has retired all but two batters through the fifth. And he’s done it by using all his stuff. Fact is, with Lincoln entering this game with a 2.00 ERA, he’s done pretty well since coming up.

As for the offense … wake me when it’s over.

5:36: Why did Mattingly let Eveland bat there? Seemed an odd choice. It’s not like you can’t take Eveland out of a game.

5:52: D’Arnaud never should have thrown that ball. I know the throw was bad, and Wood looked worse at first, but that’s a deserved error on the shortstop.

I’ll be back in a minute. I just heard Ozzie Smith is doing backflips on Federal!

5:54:Fans are livid with that awful defensive sequence. Dude right below just threw his glasses yelling at Doumit. Really ugly.

 
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