The Pittsburgh Pirates had several opportunities to plate runs off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in Los Angeles, but fell short. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the lineup on in order of getting the bats going. The club entered game action with a .189 team average -- which ranked 28th in the Major Leagues.

Several new faces were inserted into the lineup -- bench players in Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro, who made their first starts of the 2012 season. Casey McGehee also got the start at first to fill the lineup with mostly right-handers. The only lefty bat in the lineup belonged to Pedro Alvarez, who hurdle put in the lineup for the first time this season with a left-handed starter on the mound.

The first missed chance came in the first inning. After lefty Chris Capuan...

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