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On location: Pirates 9, Indians 5

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CLEVELAND — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (33-31) vs. Cleveland Indians (33-31)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Progressive Field, Cleveland

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Cleveland RHP Jeanmar Gomez

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Casey McGehee, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Matt Hague, DH
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Michael McKenry, C

RHP Brad Lincoln will start for the Pirates.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: Clint Hurdle came up with a novel approach with his orders for Lincoln here this morning: “Get after it!” Sounds pretty standard, right? Well, it isn’t in this case. Hurdle was put off that Lincoln looked to be pacing himself in the past two starts rather than cutting loose with his best stuff. Thus, he was hit hard. “Guys don’t want to be the weak link in the rotation, the one who only goes three or four innings. Today, I want him to go HARD. Don’t care how long he stays in.”

1:07: First pitch from Gomez to Presley, 78 degrees, cloudy …

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