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Game Thread: Gerrit Cole takes on Stephen Strasburg

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With all the Andrew McCutchen love this week, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention it’s conceivable this could be Gerrit Cole’s final start with the Pirates, though I don’t think that’s likely.

Cole faces Stephen Strasburg, the first of two Nationals aces who will face the Pirates this weekend, with Max Scherzer going Saturday.

The lineups:

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier, 2B
  2. Starling Marte, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 1B
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF
  7. Elias Diaz, C
  8. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  9. Gerrit Cole, P

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Nationals

  1. Trea Turner, SS
  2. Bryce Harper, RF
  3. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  6. Jayson Werth, LF
  7. Matt Wieters, C
  8. Michael Taylor, CF
  9. Stephen Strasburg, P