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Pirates Open Up 7-Game Home Stand Friday Night

The Pirates Host 3 Against San Francisco Giants Followed By 4 Against Arizona Diamondbacks

April 19, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Related: Bucs Chisenhall To Begin Rehab Assignment In Indianapolis

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates return home after a 5-3 road trip which has them at 10-6 overall and in 1st place in the NL Central.  The Pirates begin this home stand with three against the San Francisco Giants followed by 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

FIRST PLACE BUCS

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle weighs in on what being in first place means even though it's still early in the season.

"If you don't play well, you say it's early, if you play well it's still early," said Hurdle.  "It just means we are playing pretty good baseball against the teams we've faced so far.  And I think we're mindful of we just need to be the best team we can be, there is room for us to make improvement in every category and that's what we are most mindful of."

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS

Tonight, 7:05 pm: Jordan Lyles, PIT (1-0, 0.82 ERA) vs Madison Bumgarner, SF (1-2, 3.12 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 pm: Jameson Taillon, PIT (0-2, 3.43 ERA) vs Derek Holland, SF (1-2, 4.09 ERA)

Sunday, 1:35 pm: Chris Archer, PIT (1-0, 2.00 ERA) vs Dereck Rodriguez, SF (2-2, 3.63 ERA)

Monday, 7:05 pm: Joe Musgrove, PIT (1-1, 0.81 ERA) vs TBA, ARI

Tuesday, 7:05 pm: Trevor Williams, PIT (1-0, 2.59 ERA) vs TBA, ARI

 INJURED LIST UPDATE

Pirates Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall is set to begin his rehab assignment with the Indianapolis Indians Friday Night.  Chisenhall has been on the IL with a right index finger fracture since the start of the season.

"With (Gregory) Polanco down on rehab as well the right field option is limited except on certain days," said Hurdle. "Tonight it's Left Field, there will be an opportunity at first base, we've hit him some groundballs at third, but it's probably going to be both corners in the outfield, some first base as an option and we'll see if something else presents itself."

WHAT'S UP IN THE NL CENTRAL FRIDAY NIGHT

Chicago Cubs (8-9) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (10-9), In Progress

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-8) at Milwaukee Brewers (12-8), 8:10 pm

New York Mets (10-8) at St. Louis Cardinals (10-8), 8:15 pm

Cincinnati Reds (6-12) at San Diego Padres (11-9), 10:10 pm

A LOOK AROUND THE MINORS

Indianapolis (AAA, 9-4): The Indians host Louisville tonight at 7:15 for the beginning of a 3-game homestand. Outfielder Bryan Reynolds is hitting .362 with 5 Home Runs and 11 RBI in 12 games

Altoona (AA, 6-8): Postponed Friday, Will play doubleheader on Saturday. Third Baseman Hunter Owen is hitting .277 with 3 Home Runs and 12 RBI in 14 games

Bradenton (A, 10-5): The Marauders host Jupitor Tonight at 6 :30 pm at LECOM Park. Third Baseman Dylan Busby is hitting .237 with 2 Doubles, a Triple, 4 Home Runs and 8 RBI in 12 games

Greensboro (A, 7-8): The Grasshoppers host Delmarva Tonight at 7 pm. Outfielder Lolo Sanchez is hitting .333 with a Double, 3 Triples, a Home Run and 9 RBI in 15 games 

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