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Probable Pitchers

Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Alfredo Simon, RHP
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    Alfredo Simon, last 3 starts
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In his last three outings (4 1/3 innings), Simon has allowed 16 earned runs. He gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings vs. the Cubs after missing a start with biceps tendinitis. Still, Simon's arm felt fine, according to manager Bryan Price.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano gave up four runs on five hits in six innings Sunday in a game the Bucs went on to win in 13 innings. He got ahead in counts with increasing frequency as the game went on, and his location was sharp, making him effective down in the zone.

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Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Raisel Iglesias, RHP
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 3 starts
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    Raisel Iglesias, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Iglesias showed some decreased velocity in his last start vs. the Mets. Instead of being in the low-to-mid 90s, he settled more into the high 80s, low 90s. He said it was his intent vs. New York, because he was focusing more on hitting his spots.

Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, regular season
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Locke blanked the Rockies for six innings at Coors Field, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out eight. He was effective with his two-seam fastball and a changeup he used in unpredictable counts. He was at his best low in the zone.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks held the Brewers to two hits over five innings in his last outing, and was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Manager Joe Maddon decided the Cubs needed to try and score at that point. Best of all, Hendricks understood.

Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Cole was extremely effective with his fastball Tuesday, throwing it over 70 times in 103 pitches. He had great command, and was able to use the entire zone to keep the Rockies off balance. He yielded two earned runs in six innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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Think Pirates fans are looking forward to this game? It will be Arrieta's first start at PNC Park since he threw a shutout against the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 7.

Jonathon Niese, LHP
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Niese was inconsistent Wednesday in Colorado, missing his location and watching the Rockies crush his pitches. He started strong but ended up allowing five runs on 10 hits and two walks and left the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs.

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Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester has opened the season with five straight quality starts for the first time in his career. He's also walked two or fewer in all five games. He's 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Pirates.

Juan Nicasio, RHP
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