The Pittsburgh Pirates (76-74) take on the Kansas City Royals (52-99) for three games at PNC Park this week. Wednesday night’s game is the finale of the series and the Pirates will have Chris Archer on the mound. Heath Fillmyer gets the start for the Royals. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 4.76 ERA in 68 innings, with 43 strikeouts and a 1.41 WHIP. His last two starts were against the Minnesota Twins and he allowed a total of ten earned runs in 9.2 innings.
The Pirates told the local media that Chad Kuhl had elbow surgery today, but no details were released yet. They will announce more after talking to the doctor who performed the surgery and Kuhl.
Here are the lineups:
Here's our lineup for tonight, presented by Honda. #LetsGoBucs
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