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Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked):

First, tonight's lineups --

Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central)
1. Choo cf
2. Heisey lf
3. Votto 1b
4. Phillips 2b
5. Bruce rf
6. Hannahan 3b
7. Cozart ss
8. Mesoraco c
9. Leake p

Pittsburgh (3-6, tied for 3rd National League Central)
1. Marte lf
2. Walker 2b
3. McCutchen cf
4. Jones 1b
5. Martin c
6. Alvarez 3b
7. Snider rf
8. Barmes ss
9. Burnett p

Worth noting -- Garrett Jones is at first base tonight. Russell Martin is hitting fifth and Pedro Alvarez is hitting sixth. I imagine that's a result of their slow starts at the plate and the move is just something to try and get them going.

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Mike Leake is making his second start of the season for the Reds tonight. In his first outing he lasted six innings and gave up two home runs (and four runs total) before being pulled in a non-decision against...

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