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Game Thread: (A Well-Rested) Musgrove vs. Rodriguez

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates will go for the series win over the San Francisco Giants Sunday at 4:05 p.m.. Joe Musgrove (4-6, 3.41) will square off with Giants’ rookie righty Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.34).

Rodriguez has been the hot hand in the Giants’ rotation for the better part of two months so far. Since June 24, he has a 1.28 ERA in eight games (seven starts), never allowing more than two runs and going at least six innings in every start. He’s been aided by a .208 BABIP clip, but he has only walked 12 batters in that stretch while striking out 39.

Musgrove is on a roll of his own, going at least seven innings in his last four starts and in five of his previous six. Since June 29 (six starts ago), he has a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP with only one outing with more than two runs allowed.

In fact, Musgrove’s overall performance this season is very comparable to a former Bucco since late May.

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Update: The Pirates recalled C Jacob Stallings from AAA, optioning OF Jordan Luplow to Indianapolis. C Francisco Cervelli took a foul ball off his mask in the first inning Saturday and was removed mid-game.

Lineups

Pirates

LF Corey Dickerson

CF Starling Marte

RF Gregory Polanco

1B Josh Bell

3B Colin Moran

C Elias Diaz

2B Adam Frazier

SS Jordy Mercer

P Joe Musgrove

Giants

RF Andrew McCutchen

1B Austin Slater

3B Evan Longoria

SS Brandon Crawford

LF Gorkys Hernandez

2B Joe Panik

C Nick Hundley

P Dereck Rodriguez