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Gamethread: Niese starts against Toronto

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates go up against Toronto at McKechnie Field, with Jon Niese starting.  Ryan Vogelsong is also scheduled to make an appearance.  For both, of course, it will be the first game in a Pirate uniform.  There wasn't any information yet on the other pitchers.  The starting lineup, courtesy of piratesprospects.com, is:

1.  Josh Harrison, 2B
2.  Matt Joyce, RF
3.  Jason Rogers, 3B
4.  Mike Morse, DH
5.  Jake Goebbert, 1B
6.  Jordy Mercer, SS
7.  Elias Diaz, C
8.  Willy Garcia, CF
9.  Danny Ortiz, LF

This was posted yesterday, so it could easily change by game time.  The appearance at third base for Jason Rogers is interesting.  If he can at least fake it there, it might reduce the chances of the Pirates carrying a second, non-hitting utility infielder in addition to Sean Rodriguez.