Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 6/10/12

Royals (24-33) at Pirates (31-27)

1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

The Pirates have a chance to be in first place by the end of the day today. Bring out the brooms. That is all.

(Cincinnati plays in the ESPN Sunday Night game vs. Detroit)

Today’s starters…

Bruce Chen (5-5, 4.37) vs. A.J. Burnett (5-2, 3.76)

Chen got off to a rough start to the year but has been pretty solid lately. The veteran lefty has been giving the Royals some good innings for the last couple years now, and is the favorite pitcher of the amazing parody Twitter account @TrippingOlney. Follow him.

Burnett has been great for the Bucs, but has been a little more inefficient lately. The Pirates could really use at least 6 innings from AJ, as the bullpen was worked pretty hard again last night. Even though the Bucs have won seven of their last ten, they’ve only gotten three quality starts in that span. That’ll need to change if they’re going to stay hot.

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