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On location: Pirates 3, Marlins 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (53-40) vs. Miami Marlins (44-50)

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Miami RHP Anibal Sanchez

  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. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: First pitch, from Karstens to Reyes, 82 degree, place nearly packed …

2:18 p.m.: Couple of items from Neal Huntington today …

On making trades: “It continues to be an interesting dynamic. We continue to hit well, with the best offense in the majors the past couple months. We continue to pitch well. We don’t need to go out and get a bat. We don’t need to go out and get an arm. We’re going to continue to look at what makes sense for us from a cost standpoint. It’s part of the discussions we’re having now with Clint and our whole staff.”

On Starling Marte: “Well, Starling’s hit a bit of a rough patch, and that could be great for him, actually. We’ve talked a lot about dealing with adversity. He was on a great roll before, and he’s continuing to hit the ball hard. He hasn’t gotten the results. He’s chasing a little bit. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to it. Two months doesn’t mean a player’s locked in and has the minor leagues figured out.

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