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Probable Pitchers

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, 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. He is undefeated in past six GABP starts (3-0, 2.70 ERA).

Keyvius Sampson, RHP
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Sampson will make his first career start after making his Major League debut on Thursday with one scoreless inning of relief work. He gave up only five hits across eight scoreless frames in his last start with Triple-A Louisville on July 24.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester had what he called his best outing of the season his last time out, striking out a season-high 14 Rockies. He's thrown at least seven innings in each of his starts in July, including another season-high eight innings in his last start.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano comes off allowing a season-high 10 hits in only 5 2/3 innings against the Twins, but he's also started six consecutive wins (going 3-0 across that stretch). He's had homer troubles at home (8 in 66 2/3 innings).

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Arrieta's next win will be his career-high 12th. In his last start, against the Brewers, he struggled with command yet lasted long enough to post his 17th quality start. He has a 1.53 ERA in his last eight starts, with 58 K's over 58 2/3 innings.

J.A. Happ, LHP
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The lefty makes his Pittsburgh debut by stepping into the shoes of A.J. Burnett (on the DL with elbow inflammation). Happ slumped his way out of Seattle and will try to regain his early-season form (3.31 ERA across first 11 starts).

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Dan Haren, RHP
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This will be Haren's Cubs debut. He has not faced the Pirates this year, and hasn't pitched in as meaningful a game as this one. In his last start, he posted a quality start against the Nats, giving up one run over six innings but took the loss.

Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, regular season
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    Jeff Locke, last 5 years vs. CHC
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The young lefty has developed into the third consistency in the Pirates? current rotation, having worked to an ERA of 3.06 in his last six starts. He has become adept at finding his rhythm in games that begin erratically.

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