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11 June, 2017

Mercer's shot to centre off reliever David Phelps (2-3) scored Andrew McCutchen and Elias Diaz, then Mercer scored on Jaso's ground-rule double to right.

Dietrich capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double.

The Pirates, who lost their third straight, avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Josh Bell had a run-scoring groundout.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton is hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Stanton is usually hits in the middle of the middle of the lineup, but Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly moved him into the second spot in the lineup - which has proven to be the right move for the player and the team.

Daniel Hudson (1-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Juan Nicasio got two outs in the eighth, and Felipe Rivero got four outs for the save - his first with the Pirates and the fourth of his career.

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So, with two out and a runner on second base in the second inning, Quintana figured he could sneak a curveball by him. He now sits tied at third in the league in saves with 13, boasting a highly impressive 0.83 ERA from the bullpen.


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So, there is no more reason for it to be nullified since it is not done arbitrarily", he said. Proclamation No. 216 was issued by the President last May 23.


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Likely the most frustrating aspect for Goldman is the fact that they didn't even buy the bonds from the government. The ministers said they would reconvene about Venezuela before the June 19-21 General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.


Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon will return to the starting rotation next week against Colorado, just a month removed from being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Santana and Schugel joined the bullpen, which has had a busy week. The most impressive blow came from Stanton, who sent a ball that clanged off the TV stand atop the batter's eye, seemingly closer to the Roberto Clemente Bridge than home plate.

Coincidentally, Stanton made the leap from Double-A Jacksonville to the big leagues, and debuted on the same day as Washington's Stephen Strasburg.

"I was an honour to face that kind of hitter", Santana said. "It's not taken away from me, but it's a little speed bump". It's been a struggle for the righty as he tries to get back to the mound, but many pitchers get even better after Tommy John Surgery, as the operation has become a regular thing in the game. He gave up three runs in four innings for Jupiter.

Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova is projected to start.

OUR PREDICTION: Straily's 5.46 ERA on the road is concerning, but the Pirates have been below average against right-handed pitching this season (94 wRC+). Nova said his knee feels "fine" and shouldn't be an issue.


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