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Game Thread: Pirates look to put a dent in Cardinals’ playoff hopes

St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Pirates close out their series with the Cardinals at 1:35 p.m. today. St. Louis sits a precarious five games back of the National League Central-leading Cubs, with the Brewers in there too, at 4 1/2 back.

This is the Pirates’ last game to play spoiler, as they close out the schedule with the Orioles, who have finally been eliminated from the AL Wild-Card race, and the Nationals, who have clinched the NL East title.

The Pirates will send out a Sunday lineup behind Jameson Taillon, which is fine.

The lineups:


  1. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  2. Tommy Pham, LF
  3. Dexter Fowler, CF
  4. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
  5. Kolten Wong, 2B
  6. Paul DeJong, SS
  7. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  8. Carson Kelly, C
  9. John Gant, P

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  1. Chris Bostick, 2B
  2. Starling Marte, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Jose Osuna, 1B
  5. Sean Rodriguez, 3B
  6. Jordan Luplow, RF
  7. Max Moroff, SS
  8. Jacob Stallings, C
  9. Jameson Taillon, P