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Probable Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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    Francisco Liriano, last 3 starts
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    Francisco Liriano, regular season
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    Francisco Liriano, last 5 years vs. MIN
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The last time Liriano faced the Twins, his former team, he had arguably the worst start of his career, giving up seven runs in two innings. He's turned it around since then, going 5-2 with a 2.10 ERA in his past 11 starts.

Ervin Santana, RHP
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    Ervin Santana, last 3 starts
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    Ervin Santana, regular season
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    Ervin Santana, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Santana has started off the second half strong, tossing 15 2/3 straight scoreless innings coming out of the break. He's coming off a strong start against the Angels, throwing eight shutout innings vs. his former club.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Locke, regular season
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    Jeff Locke, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Locke will wrap up an up-and-down month in which he's looked brilliant (eight scoreless innings on July 4) and average (four runs in five innings Friday). He's 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Reds this year.

David Holmberg, LHP
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Holmberg will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to take the spot of Johnny Cueto. He doesn?t have sterling numbers there this season but allowed one run over six innings in his last start on Thursday.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
A.J. Burnett, RHP
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    A.J. Burnett, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Burnett's command eluded him in Saturday's loss to the Nationals. He's allowed 11 earned runs on 22 hits over 11 2/3 innings in two second-half starts and admitted it'd be "nuts" to expect a repeat of his dominant first half.

Michael Lorenzen, RHP
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    Michael Lorenzen, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Lorenzen will be coming off of the worst start of his big league career -- 2 1/3 innings with eight earned runs and seven hits, including two homers in a 17-6 loss. Once again, some inopportune walks and strike zone command issues hurt him.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Gerrit Cole, RHP
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    Gerrit Cole, last 3 starts
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Cole tries to stay ahead of the MLB class with his 15th win, but it will have to come against a team (0-3, 5.53 in five starts vs. Reds) and in a place (4.50 ERA in three winless starts at GABP) that have been rough on him.

Raisel Iglesias, RHP
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 3 starts
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Iglesias has been strong in the early portion of his starts, with a 1.29 ERA in the first three innings. But as he cycles through the lineup a second and third time, he has problems. In innings 4-6, his ERA is 10.26.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Charlie Morton, RHP
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    Charlie Morton, last 3 starts
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    Charlie Morton, regular season
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    Charlie Morton, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Morton is winless in his past five starts. Solving his first-inning troubles would help snap that streak: In his 12 starts, he has allowed 16 runs (15 earned) in the first. Undefeated in past six GABP starts (3-0, 2.70 ERA).

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