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Game Thread: Bell vs. Bellinger

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the game’s premier sluggers will square off in Pittsburgh Friday when Josh Bell and the Pirates take on Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers.

Bellinger enters Friday tops in the N.L. in batting average (.394), on-base percentage (.478), OPS (1.243) and wRC+ (224). Bell isn’t too far behind the Dodgers’ prized lefty, sitting atop the RBI (47) and extra-base hit (33) leaderboards while nipping at Bellinger’s heels in average (.339, second in NL) and OPS (1.125, third in the senior circuit).

The Dodgers will start Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.83) while the Pirates counter with Michael Feliz (2-0, 4.63) in an opener role. Steven Brault (1-1, 8.24) will be the “featured” pitcher.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m..

Lineups

Dodgers

LF Matt Beaty

2B Max Muncy

3B Justin Turner

RF Cody Bellinger

SS Corey Seager

1B David Freese

CF Enrique Hernandez

C Austin Barnes

P Walker Buehler

Pirates

2B Adam Frazier

CF Starling Marte

RF Gregory Polanco

1B Josh Bell

LF Bryan Reynolds

3B Colin Moran

C Elias Diaz

SS Cole Tucker

P Michael Feliz