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Game Thread: Nova, Bucs look to take series from Tigers

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After playing nearly eight hours of baseball during Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Pirates and Tigers will return to PNC Park for their third game in 24 hours on Thursday at 12:35 PM.

Ivan Nova (2-1, 4.20 ERA) will take the mound against Detroit’s top starter Michael Fulmer (1-2, 3.47 ERA) as the Bucs look to improve to 5-1 on the season against the Tigers and keep up with the surging Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central.

The lineup is pretty much the same as usual, except with Sean Rodriguez getting the start at shortstop (possibly as a reward for running headfirst into a wall to make a catch last night).

  1. Adam Frazier, 2B
  2. Gregory Polanco, RF
  3. Starling Marte, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 1B
  5. Corey Dickerson, LF
  6. Francisco Cervelli, C
  7. Colin Moran, 3B
  8. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  9. Ivan Nova, SP