Live Discussion: Pirates at Astros, 2:10 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates (37-41) take on the Houston Astros (50-31) in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove for his 16th start of the season this afternoon. He picked up eight strikeouts and allowed one run over seven innings in his last start against the San Diego Padres. His prior outing was six runs over four innings against the Atlanta Braves. The Astros will counter with veteran right-hander Brad Peacock, who has a 3.62 ERA in 82 innings, with 87 strikeouts and a 1.10 WHIP. He is coming off of two runs over six innings, with 11 strikeouts, in his last start against the New York Yankees. His two previous starts saw him give up four runs each, going up against the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers.

If you missed the injury updates provided by the Pirates yesterday, the quick summary is that there was no news on Francisco Cervelli. Jameson Taillon will begin throwing this weekend. Keone Kela is throwing 105 feet now. Gregory Polanco took batting practice yesterday and Rookie Davis has been shut down for two weeks due to a forearm strain, but will start throwing next weekend.

Prior to the game, Dario Agrazal was optioned to Indianapolis and Dovydas Neverauskas was added to the bullpen.

Here are the lineups:

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