Live Discussion: Pirates 6, Cardinals 2

PITTSBURGH — Nick Kingham is in the house.

The Pirates right-hander, who will be officially recalled for his spot start on Sunday, is with the team today, officially on the taxi squad.

Kingham will be making his Major League debut on Sunday, and it came at a pretty good time for his family. Kingham’s younger brother, Nolan, started for Texas on Friday in a game at West Virginia in Morgantown, and their parents came up for his start, so the whole family will be on hand Sunday.

Here’s more from Kingham on his long path to the majors and level of excitement for his Major League debut.

For the record, Nolan Kingham, who is a junior and a 2018 draft prospect, pitched five innings on Friday, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out five and walking four. He has a 4.38 ERA in 61.2 innings on the season.

HEADING OUT

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, Joe Musgrove’s next move will be out of town. The right-hander is scheduled to make his first rehab start with High-A Bradenton on Tuesday, when he’ll start and throw three innings at LECOM Park against Dunedin.

Musgrove is expecting to have at least four rehab starts and is shooting for a late-May return to the majors.

AROUND THE HORN

There’s been plenty of MLB coverage on the site today, with Tim Williams giving his opinion on the Jung Ho Kang situation, I gave a nuts-and-bolts primer on his steps to returning to the majors, while Matt Gajtka examined Josh Bell’s slump at the plate and also a controversial Pirates decision regarding fan attire.

PIRATES LINEUP

CARDINALS LINEUP

CONDITIONS

Back to blah, as it’s 47 degrees and falling with a chilling wind blowing out to centerfield. As a Cardinals coach said pregame, “It’s a good day for quick game.” At least it should be dry. Weather.com says there’s zero chance of precipitation through midnight. Let’s hope we’re gone by then.

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