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Giants (33-30) at Pirates (38-26) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs go for two in a row tonight and a series win against the defending champion Giants. Last night was a brilliant start to this homestand against west coast squads, and the Bucs now have a chance to do some damage this week against some struggling teams. Pregame news: Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been suspended one game after last night’s beanball incident. He will serve it tonight. Pitcher George Kontos was suspended three games, but he was sent down to the minors today. Marco Scutaro, who was hit by a Tony Watson pitch last night, is out tonight and could miss significant time for the Giants. Gerrit Cole will officially start on Sunday against the Dodgers. Charlie Morton will start tomorrow. Wandy Rodriguez is on the DL. Tonight’s starters… Barry Zito (4-4, 4.06) vs. Francisco Liriano (4-2, 1.75) It’s a battle of veteran lefties tonight at PNC. Zito is having a decent season but has been horrendous on the road (10.19 ERA in four starts). Let’s hope that continues tonight. The Pirate bats finally woke up yesterday for a bit and it would be great if they can keep it up for this homestand. Liriano has been absolutely fabulous for the Bucs. His last start was great, but we did see the command problems we’ve heard about so much with him. Ideally he can stay around the strike zone tonight in a home start against a fairly weak lineup. Bucs vs. Zito Giants vs. Liriano Here’s the #Pirates lineup for tonight’s #BucSocial Night at PNC. 7:05pm first pitch. twitter.com/Pirates/status… — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 12, 2013 Don’t ask me why Brandon Inge is playing right field.
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