Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/31/13
Reds (33-21) at Pirates (34-20) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT Coming off an awesome series victory over the Tigers, the Bucs begin a huge weekend set against the hated Cincinnati Reds. The Bucs swept the Reds at PNC in April, but Cincinnati has played great baseball since – they sit just a game behind the Bucs and have been ahead of or tied with them for a while. It’s still extremely early, but the way the Central has shaped up so far every game the Bucs play against the Reds or Cardinals will be crucial. Pregame news: Alex Presley has been recalled from Indianapolis. He replaces Josh Harrison. That’s just a very minor swap of the two last guys off the bench, but I’d rather have Presley up. Chase d’Arnaud was moved off the DL but was sent to Indianapolis. Tonight’s starters… Johnny Cueto (2-0, 2.76) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (6-2, 3.58) Cueto has given the Bucs fits almost every time he’s faced them, so this will be another challenge for the cold Pirate offense. He was injured in the middle of his first start against the Bucs this year and just came back two starts ago, but he appears to be healthy and ready to return as one of the top pitchers in the league. Wandy has been steady for the Bucs all year. He had a streak of four straight quality starts snapped last time out when he lasted just five innings, but he still managed to get a win in that game. He did not face the Reds in that series earlier this year but pitched fairly well against them last year after coming to Pittsburgh. Reds vs. Wandy Bucs vs. Cueto Here’s the #Pirates lineup for tonight’s 7:05pm game at PNC. #LetsGoBucstwitter.com/Pirates/status… — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 31, 2013 UPDATE: Brandon Inge will play third tonight – Alvarez has been scratched due to pain from his wisdom teeth procedure yesterday.
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