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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.

Climate deal pull-out may speed up damage to Trump property
As of 2016 data, the US Climate Alliance's member states make up about 36% of the US population and 30.6% of the US GDP. Trump's refusal to sign made the USA one of three countries in the world to reject the agreement.


Phillies, Herrera Look To Stay Hot Down in Atlanta
Herrera went to third on Kendrick's single and scored when Jaime Garcia was called for a balk on a pickoff play to first. NOTES: Atlanta placed RHP Bartolo Colon (2-7, 7.78 ERA) on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.


Real Madrid reject Man Utd bid for Morata
Morata has more goals (20) than starts (19) for Madrid in 2016-17 and his goal ratio is better than any other player in the squad. So, that's a substantial jump in price. "I don't know, it's hard , let's see".


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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