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Reds (34-21) at Pirates (34-21) 7:15 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: FOX The Bucs look to bounce back tonight against the Reds in front of the first Saturday concert crowd of the season. Kool & the Gang will perform after the game and these things tend to draw huge crowds regardless of who’s playing, so expect a near sellout despite the Pens game across town tonight. Tonight is a FOX telecast, but it’s hardly a “national” game. Here’s the coverage map – only areas close to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will be able to see this one. Reds play by play guy Thom Brennaman and former Red (and Pirate, and Pittsburgh native) Sean Casey will be on the call. Tonight’s starters… Mike Leake (4-2, 3.02) vs. Francisco Liriano (3-1, 2.35)  Leake is probably the least intimidating starter on the Reds staff, but he’s still a solid pitcher and has been throwing especially well of late. He’s allowed just one run in his last three starts. The Bucs really need to get the bats going at some point, and Leake is a familiar face who they may be able to do it against. Liriano had his first bad start as a Pirate against Detroit and will look to bounce back tonight. The lefty has been mostly solid so far but has only gotten through six innings in one of his four starts. That needs to change soon. Bucs vs. Leake Reds vs. Liriano

First Pitch: Getting the 2010 Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano is looking like the 2010 version, or better. (Photo Credit: David Hague) I use the “small sample size” disclaimer a lot on this site, so it’s important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano has done so far is cause for some excitement. In five starts,...

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Dominican Summer League Preview

The 2013 Dominican Summer League begins play on Saturday, with both Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in the league taking the field, one of them as the defending champions. The league has a 72 game schedule and runs through the end of August. While the Pirates have two different teams in the league, known as Pirates1 and Pirates2, the players they have in the Dominican Training Facility...

Prospect Watch: Pirates Farm System Combines For 15 Home Runs On the Day

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...

Draft Prospect Watch: Could Pirates Take Ryne Stanek?

We are now just four days away from the draft, as college teams wrap up their weekend of tournament play. The Pittsburgh Pirates have two high draft picks this Thursday night, so we take a look at some of the players they might consider, as well as notes on a former Pirates draft pick, along with some draft notes below. From Saturday night, Ryne Stanek and Arkansas, defeated Wichita...

Reds' Cueto overpowers Pirates

Neil Walker eyed Johnny Cueto's fastball and turned on it. Before the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman could get the bat out of his hands, the ball was nestled into the glove of Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto. In one motion, Walker flipped his bat in faux disgust, then turned back toward the dugout. ''You hit a ball hard and sometimes you see that it's the...

Minor League Schedule: McDonald Gets His Second Rehab Start

James McDonald will be on the hill tonight for Altoona, hoping his second rehab start goes much better than his first. Two new teams on the schedule today as the Dominican Summer League season gets under way. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page...

First Pitch: Who Should the Pirates Consider For an Extension?

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported tonight that Scott Boras would be open to a long-term deal involving Pedro Alvarez and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the article, Biertempfel quoted Frank Coonelly and Scott Boras, who both said they’d be open to the discussions. That doesn’t mean much, since discussions are far from a deal. The more important thing is what is said during the...

Reds Brandon Phillips to Miss 3-4 Days with Forearm Injury

The Cincinnati Reds are hoping to avoid a DL sting with second baseman, Brandon Phillips. Phillips  is hitting .296/347 with 9HR and 45 RBI. The second baseman was struck by a pitch in the forearm but is only expected to miss three to four days per manager, Dusty Baker.For Phillips, it’s his first obstacle during what has thus far been a terrific start personally. The second baseman...

Reds 2, Pirates 0

Mike Leake continued his recent run of strong pitching by working six scoreless innings Saturday night as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. Leake (5-2) scattered seven hits as the Pirates stranded seven runners during his six innings. He had five strikeouts and one walk. In his last four starts, Leake has gone 3-0 with a 0.27 ERA, allowing only one run in 33 innings...

Minor League Schedule: Morton On Rehab, Glasnow Tries To Bounce Back In Lakewood

Charlie Morton will make a rehab start for Indianapolis tonight, in what should be his last outing before joining the Pirates. In Lakewood today, Tyler Glasnow will try to get back on track after a shaky outing earlier in the week that saw him walk seven batters. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will make the game up today as part of a doubleheader. Two new teams on the schedule...

Pirates 5, Reds 4

A dramatic comeback and a truly incredible effort from the bullpen saved the Pirates from a sweep on Sunday. Instead of dropping a third straight game to the Reds for a demoralizing weekend, they rallied for one of the best wins of the year. The first inning was a disaster. Maybe the clock has finally struck midnight for Jeanmar Gomez – he quickly allowed three runs before recording...

Cueto, Reds shut down Pirates 6-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Johnny Cueto allowed one hit over eight dominant innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Friday night. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit solo home runs off for the Reds, who cooled of the Pirates behind their ace. Cueto (3-0) struck out six and walked one to improve to 13-4 against Pittsburgh. Wandy Rodriguez (6-3) kept the Pirates in...

Surviving and Thriving

In recent months there have been a couple of possible threats to Mike Leake’s spot in the Cincinnati rotation. After his last four starts he’s not only solidified his spot, but he’s now becoming one of the more reliable pitchers in a very reliable rotation.

Reds One-Hit Pirates

The Reds won at Pittsburgh to tie them with the Pirates for second place in the division, only two games behind St. Louis. Johnny Cueto was dominant, allowing only one hit and a walk in eight shutout innings. Jay Bruce got scoring started with a home run before the lineup piled on in a 6-0 win.

Minor League Game Review – 6/2/13

Tony Cingrani threw 7 innings for Louisville but took a no decision in an eventual Bats loss on Sunday.
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