Series Preview: Pirates vs. Dodgers

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Pittsburgh Pirates (39-27) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (28-37)

June 14, 2013 – 7:05 pm
June 15, 2013 – 4:05 pm
June 16, 2013 – 1:35 pm

PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA


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After a disappointing 10-0 loss to the Giants on Thursday night, the injury-ridden Pirates welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to PNC Park. A.J. Burnett was supposed to start on Friday night, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a calf injury. The rotation is shuffled a bit and a new face will be pitching on Saturday afternoon. Some of the Dodgers were suspended and fined for fighting the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

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Probable Starters:

Game 1 – Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.39) vs. Stephen Fife (1-1, 3.78)

Game 2 – Brandon Cumpton (0-0, -.–) vs. Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.88)

Game 3 – Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.84) vs. Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.68)

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Batting Leaders (Among Qualifiers):




Andrew McCutchen (.296)

Adrian Gonzalez (.312)


Pedro Alvarez (14)

Gonzalez (8)


Alvarez (38)

Gonzalez (44)


Starling Marte (20)

Carl Crawford (9)

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Pitching Leaders (Among Qualifiers):




 Wandy Rodriguez (6)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (6)


A.J. Burnett (99)

Clayton Kershaw (96)


Jeff Locke (2.39)

Kershaw (1.88)


Jason Grilli (23)

Brandon League (13)

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Opponent Blogs: True Blue LA, Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, Lasorda’s Lair

Yasiel Puig

Player to Watch: Yasiel Puig, who’s taking over Dodgertown. The 22-year-old Cuban outfielder boasts a ridiculous .486/.514/.886 line in 10 games since being recalled. He was fined, but not suspended, for his role in Tuesday night’s Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl.

Go Bucs

Bucs Bits: Pirates News and Notes 12/19/12

A few days removed from PirateFest weekend, here are some Bucco links:

– Speaking of PirateFest, nearly 17,000 fans flocked to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which set a new record.

– Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout provides five reasons why the Pirates aren’t likely to get a huge return if they decide to trade Joel Hanrahan.

– More on Hanrahan — Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness wonders if the Hammer would be a significant upgrade for the Dodgers.

– Andrew McCutchen is a candidate to be on the cover of MLB 13: The Show. Voting begins on January 7th.

– Jason Shetler of Bucco Nation got an exclusive interview with’s Jonathan Mayo.

– Gaby Sanchez is ready to bounce back in 2013, writes Bob Cohn of the Trib.

Happy Holidays from the Pirates.

– The introduction of the new Sunday alternate uniforms and batting practice cap at Friday’s PirateFest luncheon:

– Neil Walker is 100% and ready to go for 2013:

102 days until Opening Day.

Go Bucs