Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Reds (5-5) at Pirates (4-6) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: MLB Network* The Bucs look to build off last night’s exciting win and take the series tonight against the hated Redlegs.  These teams meet a total of 19 times over the course of the year, but an early series win would be big for the Bucs’ confidence. They’ve won 3 of the last 4 and it would be great if they could get hot (or stay hot?) during this challenging homestand. TV INFO: Tonight is the first time this year a Pens ROOT Sports broadcast conflicts with a Pirates game, and it’ll happen a few more times over the next month or so. Instead of completely abandoing the Pirates games (as they have done in the past), ROOT has devised a solution this year for those that want to watch the Bucs (or both). It’s a little confusing, so here’s the quick rundown: If you’re in the ROOT market and have MLB Network, the Pirates game (with the normal Pirates announcers) will be on MLB Network. If you have ROOT but your TV provider doesn’t have MLB Network, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. There should be an “alternative channel” (based on your location and TV provider) that will show the game. If you’re not in the normal ROOT market but have MLB Network, you may or may not be able to see the game. MLBN’s TV listings show both the Pirates/Reds game and the Blue Jays/Royals game at 7 PM tonight (and there’s no coverage map to indicate which game will be shown where), so I suppose you have a 50/50 shot. Tonight’s starters… Johnny Cueto (1-0, 2.77) vs. Jeff Locke (0-1, 6.00) If you asked me which one pitcher in MLB I’d least like to see the Pirates face, it honestly might be Cueto. The guy is legit and has been absolutely lethal against the Bucs recently–last year he went 2-1 against them with a 2.05 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. He’s off to a solid start this season, posting two quality starts against two tough lineups (Angels and Nats). Locke’s first start of the season looked pretty similar to what we saw from him last year–lots of strikes, but too much good contact. He especially had trouble against the good part of the Dodgers order, and the Reds lineup is similarly powerful, so that doesn’t bode well. There is some good news for Locke, though: many of the Reds’ top hitters are lefties (Votto, Bruce, Choo) and Brandon Phillips isn’t in the lineup tonight. Bucs vs. Cueto: Cutch and Jones have both hit him fairly well, but that’s about it. Reds vs. Locke: not much to see here LINEUPS: #Reds lineup vs. #Pirates Choo 8, Cozart 6, Votto 3, Frazier 5, Bruce 9, Heisey 7, Hanigan 2, Izturis 4, Cueto RHP — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 13, 2013 #Pirates vs. #Reds: Marte 7 Walker 4 McCutchen 8 Jones 3 Martin 2 Alvarez 5 Snider 9 Barmes 6 Locke 1 — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 13, 2013 Brandon Phillips is  out because he is “tending to a family matter.” The Bucs’ lineup is pretty standard. GO BUCS!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: Yankees reject A-Rod's request for apology meeting

Jim Harbaugh has landed three recruits in 24 hours

Report: NFL tried to catch Patriots in the act

John Harbaugh: Bill Belichick is best coach of this century

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Opposing Packers celebrate Pro Bowl TD

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

PHOTO: Brock Lesnar's tramp stamp says ‘Kill ‘em All’

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

Irina Shayk dumped Ronaldo over cheating rumors?

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

WATCH: 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Deflategate

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Five potentially fatal flaws for Seahawks in the Super Bowl

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

NFL tried to catch Pats in act?

Bill Nye: Belichick didn't make sense

Is it time for Tom Izzo to worry?

Jennings suffers horrific injury

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.